An Airman's Tale

Leslie Hay was born on February 25th 1917 and joined the RAF at the London ACRC (Air Crew Receiving Centre) in 1941. Elementary Flying Training took place in Saskatchewan, Canada. After qualifying as a pilot he was posted to 49 Sqn in July 1944.

His first operation was on August 1st 1944 against the La Breteque Flying Bomb Site. His 36th, and final operation was on March 5th 1945 attacking the synthetic oil plant at Bohlen. He remained with 49 Sqn as an instructor until demobilised in September 1945. A career as a Civil Servant ended when he retired in 1982.

Leslie "Uncle Will" Hay in 1942

"Uncle Will" has written the history of his wartime service for this website. This fascinating document, 600k and over 100 pages long, begins pre-war, moves to Canada for pilot training and includes details of all his operations until the eagerly awaited end of tour. There is also frequent reference to the RAF's penchant for "hurry up and wait".

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