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Edwin Hayne

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Allegiance  South Africa
Battles/wars  World War I
Service/branch  Aviation
Name  Edwin Hayne

Years of service  1915 - 1919
Battles and wars  World War I
Rank  Captain
Unit  No. 203 Squadron RAF
Buried at  Saints Mary and Margaret Churchyard, Castle Bromwich
Died  April 28, 1919, Castle Bromwich, Birmingham, United Kingdom
Awards  Distinguished Service Cross, Distinguished Flying Cross

Edwin haynes lifestyle

Captain Edwin Tufnell Hayne was a World War I flying ace credited with 15 aerial victories.


Early life

Edwin Tufnell Hayne was the son of Emily and Tufnell Hayne. He was born in Johannesburg, South Africa. He attended King Edward VII School, which opened in 1902.

Accidental death

Hayne took off from the Castle Bromwich in Bristol F.2 Fighter serial number F5098 with Major Maurice Perrin in the back seat. The plane's engine died and Hayne tried to turn and land. The plane stalled and fell. Hayne died in the crash; Perrin died later in hospital.

Honors and awards

Distinguished Service Cross (DSC)

(As announced in Supplement to the London Gazette, 30 November 1917.)

In recognition of his services with a wing of the R.N.A.S. at Dunkirk between March and September 1917. He had numerous engagements with enemy aircraft and on 16 August 1917, attacked an enemy aerodrome and placed a whole flight of machines out of action by machine-gun fire. During a flight of over two hours, during which time he attacked transport and railways, he never exceeded a height of 1,000 foot.

Distinguished Flying Cross (DFC)

(As announced in Supplement to the London Gazette, 21 September 1918.)

During the recent enemy offensive, this Officer carried out 48 special missions. Flying at extremely low altitudes he has inflicted heavy casualties on massed troops and transport. In addition, he has accounted for 10 enemy machines, destroying 3 and driving down 7 out of control; in these encounters he has never hesitated to engage the enemy, however superior in numbers. On one occasion he observed 10 hostile aeroplanes harassing 3 Dolphines; he attacked 3 of the enemy, driving one down in flames.


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