Remembrance Day in Sardinia: commemorating Bob Hay

flr-lt-r-c-hay-dfc-wg-cdr-baz-pottsWg Cdr Baz Potts places a poppy on the grave of Flt Lt Bob Hay. [Pic: Sgt Jamie Johnson, RAF]

Not all the Dams Raid aircrew who died during the war are buried in the large war cemeteries in Germany. One who lies on his own is Flt Lt Bob Hay DFC and Bar, the bomb aimer in Mick Martin’s crew in AJ-P. He is buried in Cagliari in Sardinia, which is where Martin landed his damaged aircraft after an operation targetting the Antheor viaduct in southern France in February 1944. Hay had been killed when a cannon shell exploded in the bomb aimer’s compartment during the attack. His body was removed, and he was buried on the island the next day.
This year, Remembrance Day coincided with a NATO exercise in Sardinia, and a contingent of Commonwealth troops held their ceremony in the war cemetery in Cagliari.

dsc_5456Wreaths were laid at the central war memorial, and individual tributes were made to a number of men who are buried in the cemetery, and a poppy placed on their graves. Amongst these was Bob Hay, 617 Squadron’s Bombing Leader, who received a Bar to the DFC for his work on the Dams Raid.
Thanks to Captain Ray Leggatt RAN and Sqn Ldr Paddy Currie RAF for sending this information. Pictures by Sgt Jamie Johnson RAF.

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7 thoughts on “Remembrance Day in Sardinia: commemorating Bob Hay

  1. Phil Robertson November 27, 2016 / 2:19 pm

    May he rest in peace.

  2. Paddy Currie November 27, 2016 / 3:00 pm

    Charles, thanks for posting this.

  3. Maureen Gray November 27, 2016 / 9:27 pm

    Went to the Cenetaph London on Remembrance Sunday then on to Westminster Abbey where there were thousands of crosses planted in the ground it was SO MOVING & yes , we will remember people like Bob Hay & all those who died for our freedom,thank you for the photos , it was a lovely gesture , I am very grateful for the sacrifice made by all those who did not return from the Dam’s raid & of course ALL those who gave their lives for our freedom ………. We Will Remember Them .

    • Marianne Oancia Wyatt November 28, 2016 / 4:20 pm

      may they rest in peace. Always be remembered

  4. Nigel Favill November 28, 2016 / 7:20 pm

    Thank you Wg Cdr Baz Potts and all others involved .

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    > On 27 November 2016 at 12:34 Dambusters Blog > wrote: > > charlesfoster posted: “Wg Cdr Baz Potts places a poppy on the grave of Flt > Lt Bob Hay. [Pic: Sgt Jamie Johnson, RAF] Not all the Dams Raid aircrew who > died during the war are buried in the large war cemeteries in Germany. One who > lies on his own is Flt Lt Bob Hay DFC and Bar” >

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