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Robert Claude (Bob) Hay (1913–1944)

from Murray Pioneer

Mrs. Margaret Hay, who before marriage was Miss Madge Olorenshaw, of Renmark, and now resides at Malvern, has been notified that her son Flt-Lt. Robert Claude Hay DFC and Bar and African star, lost his life as a result of air operations in the Mediterranean zone on February 13. Flt.-Lt. Hay was a member of the crew of a Lancaster bomber and had taken part in the Ruhr dam raids. He was born at Renmark 30 years ago and attended the High School here showing exceptional ability. He then went to Roseworthy college and gained a gold medal there. Leaving Roseworthy he went to Queensland and studied cotton growing at an Experimental farm, returning to Roseworthy as a master. He enlisted early in 1940 and after training in Australia was sent to Canada before flying in England. At the time of his death he was completing his second tour of operations. He was a married man and leaves one daughter whom he never saw[1].

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Robert Hay, 1943

Robert Hay, 1943

Australian War Memorial, UK0239

Life Summary [details]


4 November, 1913
Renmark, South Australia, Australia


13 February, 1944 (aged 30)
at sea

Cause of Death

killed in action

Religious Influence

Includes the religion in which subjects were raised, have chosen themselves, attendance at religious schools and/or religious funeral rites; Atheism and Agnosticism have been included.

Military Service