GOVEIA – A.

605689 – A. Goveia – Br. Guiana – attested 24.9.43 – P/O A/B #2 RC 5.12.44 – UK 18.12.44
165747 – P/O – commissioned 14.7.44

[Source: NA AIR 2/6876]

GONSALVES – F.W.A.

605687 – F.W.A. Gonsalves – Br. Guiana – attested 24.9.43 – Sgt. Air Gunner – #2 RC 5.12.44 – UK 24.12.44

[Source: NA AIR 2/6876]

DE FRIETAS – J.J.

605603 – J.J. De Frietas – B. Guiana – attested 25.5.43 – Sgt. Navigator UK 13.10.44

[Source: NA AIR 2/6876]

ALVES – E.I.

605602 – E.I. Alves – B. Guiana – attested 25.5.43 – Sgt. Navigator UK 16.6.44

[Source: NA AIR 2/6876]

GRIFFITH – H.J.

605600 – H.J. Griffith – B. Guiana – attested 25.5.43 – P/O Pilot #4 SFTS 5.11.44
167005 – P/O – commissioned 20.10.44

[Source: NA AIR 2/6876]

GRANT – M.St.C.

605599 – B.Guiana – attested 25.5.43 – P/O Navigator – UK 25.5.44
165174 – F/O – commissioned 5.5.44

[Source: NA AIR 2/6876]

HOBAN – D.G.H.

605598 – D.G.H. Hoban – B. Guiana – attested 25.5.43 – P/O Pilot #4 SFTS 5.11.44 – UK 18.12.44
167004 – P/O – commissioned 20.10.44

[Source: NA AIR 2/6876]

HALY – Edward F.H.

Flying Officer – Pilot – DFC – KIA 17 Sept. 1944 (Operation Market Garden?)

Cremated, buried Stonefall War Grave Cemetery

[Source: AD]

Flying Officer Edward Fred Hutchinson Haly

Edward Haly received his commission on 21st March 1943 to the rank of P/O on probation (emergency).  He was later awarded the DFC for service with 51 Squadron, Gazetted on 17th August 1943.  He was promoted to F/O on probation (war subs) on 21st September 1943.  On 17th September 1944 he was flying in Halifax BB360 and was probably instructing with 1652 HCU rather than training.  BB360 crashed near Angram, York on a training flight and all nine airmen on board were killed.  He was twenty three years old and is buried at Harrogate Stonefall Cemetery, Yorkshire.

The  Commonwealth War Graves Commission list him as being the son of John and Edith Marie Haly and the husband of Daphne Pauline Haly, of Wokingham, Berkshire. But with him being originally from British Guiana.

It seems F/O Haly had been involved in a previous crash due to engine failure, when he was still a Sergeant: Halifax W7818 at Snaith airfield.

On 18th February 1943 Halifax W7818 had just taken off for a mine laying flight at 18.44hrs when an engine failed, losing height the pilot belly landed the aircraft at the edge of Snaith airfield in front of the Squadron Headquarters building.  The aircraft was badly damaged but the crew escaped injury.  All of the above were posted to 51 Squadron on 4th January 1943 from 1652 HCU.  [Pilot - Sgt Edward Fred Hutchinson Haly RAFVR (1318907).]

[Source: http://www.yorkshire-aircraft.co.uk/aircraft/yorkshire/york43/w7818.html, courtesy Audrey Dewjee]

MacDOUGAL – Ian Neil

Flight Lieutenant – DFC

Decorated for ‘much valuable work in Middle East’

Born: Guyana, 1920

[Source: TDA]

CUNNINGHAM – Alexander

Air Commodore – CBE, OB

Deputy Senior Air Staff Officer of Fighter Command HQ

Born: Demerara, Guyana, 1888

[Source: TDA]

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