669th BS Patch

416th Bombardment Group (L)

Sgt. Jamie Edward Hay

Airplane Armorer-Gunner,  14142496

Evaded Capture

669th Bombardment Squadron (L)


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  Born: 23-May-1924, Scottdale, De Kalb County, Georgia

Entered Military Service: Date: 4-Dec-1942 At: Ft Mcpherson Atlanta, GA
NARA Enlistment Record: Enlisted Serial # 14142496

POW summary:
Fail to Return Date: 6-Aug-1944
Evaded Capture for 3 weeks until Liberated by Allies
Return Date: 27-Aug-1944

Died: 22-Dec-2005, Covington, Newton County, Georgia

On-line Memorials:
National World War II Registry


HAY, Jamie

Mr. Jamie Hay, Sr. of Covington died Thursday, December 22, 2005. He was a veteran of World War II serving in the U.S. Army Air Corps and a Past Worshipful Master of the Clarkston Lodge #492 F&AM. Mr. Hay is survived by his wife of 61 years, Mrs. Mildred N. Hay of Covington; daughter and son-in-law, Cathy and Clint Toney of Decatur; son and daughter-in-law, Butch and Caroline Hay of Chamblee; sisters, Mary Butler, Lynn Elam, Doris Holley, Jessie Austin; grandchildren, Jenni and Dwayne Norris, Jamie Hay, Nick Toney; and great grandchildren, Tristan, Trent, and Taydan Norris. Funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m. Saturday, December 24th in the chapel of A. S. Turner & Sons. Dr. Cecil Carpenter and Rev. Bill McCoy will officiate. Interment Floral Hills Memory Gardens. The family will receive friends from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Friday at A. S. Turner & Sons.

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The Atlanta Constitution (Atlanta, Georgia), 23 Dec 2005, Fri, Page D7, Jamie Hay Obituary, Newspapers.com (https://www.newspapers.com/image/423225245/?article=ed8f07de-7f3c-4120-8f59-a1b36bacc88e [subscription required] : accessed 9 April 2021)

Legacy.com - Jamie Hay On-Line Obituary (PDF)

Extracts from Hay, Jamie E. (SGT.) Escape & Evasion Report EE-1199 (Original NARA Report)

MIS-X Report Number: EE-1199  /  IS9 Report Number: I.S.9(WEA)/1/76/2339
Interviewed by I.S.9 (WEA): 27 Aug 44
Date missing in action: 8-6-44
Date arrived in UK: 8-28-44

Appendix "B"
(Observed Military Information)

I saw the Germans leaving Germany. For two days & nites. Most of these were horse & wagon. I could not tell what kind of equipment they had. Very few trucks & not any tanks.

I heard flack Guns all around me and for two days they were dive Bombed. I did not hear the guns anymore after that.

The Germans I saw seem all ready to quit fighting. They were very tired and did not get enough to eat. They were very afraid of Allied planes.

They have very good camouflage. They use branches with green leaves. Their equipment is completely covered with it.

The French people are very happy. And they killed a lot of Germans where we were.

Narrative (Appendix "C")

On the bomb run flak knocked out the left engine. The right was badly shot up and also kept cutting out. Jettisoned bombs and equipment still losing altitude Bail-out at 10,000 ft.

Delayed to 8000 ft Somehow cut ear on way down. Twisted ankle on landing in a pasture hitting hard People just stood when I got up & out harness came forward. Hid chute for me with equipment They told me where Hay was and went with me & Crew in the apple orchard.

Delayed to 8000 ft. Landed in an apple orchard. People came running. Took equipment Jd by Buskirk

Crowd showed us where we were on map Carsix 6 km Bernay Eure (SW Lisieux) Crowd took us to woods. One spoke Eng another started to lead us to his house but we saw G by fence & ran back to woods getting separated from helpers. G never came into woods - 6th [August]

Here till afternoon of 9th. Living on escape kit & green apples sleeping in open Second night found barn to sleep in. Water from rain hole for cattle.

Afternoon of 9th man who had started lead us to his house was working in fields, thought we were gone. We recognized him & went to him on edge of woods Took us home & fed us then brought Eng-speaking man. Said would hide us & give us civilian clothes until lines caught up to us. Night in his barn

10th by bicycle to Courbapine also near near Berney of another farmer who made us hiding place in woods with straw & blankets. Here two days then made us broth & straw shelter in pasture. When rained slept in barn. Three good meals a day. On 24th Canadians came.

No transport 1st night but finally thru channels to Bayeaux N to U.K 28th August.

Know no names Farmers were all with FFI & out after G every night never knew where but took armband always.

[NOTEs: "Jd" is likely abbreviation for Jettisoned. "Eng" and "G" are likely abbreviations for "English" and "German"]

See also NARA E & E Report for Crewmember Sgt. Joseph Buskirk:
Escape & Evasion Report EE-1200 (Original NARA Report)

French Helpers listed in Escape & Evasion Report EE-1199:

    Name Unknown, Farmers, all with FFI
    Helpers Identified in The Atlanta Constitution Newspaper Clipping, 17-May-1975:
    Mr/Mrs Clotaire Larcher (I.S.9 Register of Helpers Index Name: Mme Clotaire LARCHER)

See E&E Reports for general information.

MACR 7850 Details

A/C Last Sighted. Lost as a result of Enemy Anti-Aircraft. Hit by flak over target area. Requested heading to emergency landing strips. Received same. Last seen in vicinity of Lisieux, Fr., flying on heading of 270 deg.

Missing in Action: Lt. Col. W.W. Farmer, Sgt. J.E. Hay, Sgt. J.A. Buskirk--Last seen heading away from the target toward our lines, plane smoking.
(416th BG History 1944)

See also Mission # 116

Photos and Documents
1930 US Census
1940 US Census
WW II Draft Registration
WW II Draft Registration
Newspaper Clipping
The Atlanta Constitution
City Directory
1954 Atlanta, GA
City Directory
1960 Atlanta, GA
Newspaper Clipping
The Atlanta Constitution
Newspaper Clipping
The Atlanta Constitution
Newspaper Obituary
The Atlanta Constitution
WW II Honoree

See Also:
Prisoner Of War (POW) Camps
Escape & Evasion (E&E) Reports
POW/E&E Terms and Acronyms
POW/E&E Sources, References, Resources