A TRIBUTE TO BRIAN ALLAN HAY
1939 – 2019
Brian was born in a British Army Hospital in Campbellpore, North West Frontier of India an area which is now Pakistan.
He went aged five, with his sister, to a Military Boarding School in the Himalayas.
The school was called Sanawar and the Motto ‘Never Give In’ was one he followed
all his life – he never gave in, always persevered until he reached his goal.
When he was 17 he joined the Royal Air Force as a Boy Entrant and served with the
Air Force for 25 years excelling at everything he did. He reached the rank of
Sergeant and was a Ground Engineer – first servicing Lightenings and then his
beloved Hercules. He travelled the world from New Zealand to Alaska. He was on
the Queen’s Flight stationed at RAF Benson for a time but preferred to fly the world
He received several commendations in his career and was mentioned in the Queen’s
Birthday Honours and the Queen’s New Year Honours in 1974 and 1976. Brian
received medals for Campaign Service in Northern Ireland, The Malaya Peninsula and
Borneo. He was also mentioned on a First Day Cover when he and the crew of the
Hercules he was in had to make a forced landing in the Mogadishu Incident in August
1976. He also had a certificate to say he had performed 2,000 take offs and landings
in the Hercules. Brian was also a qualified Glider Pilot a skill he learned in the RAF.
When Brian retired from the RAF he continued his excellent skills as a ground
engineer for British Airways who also commended him on more than one occasion
for excellence .
My brother was indeed one of the finest examples of a Royal Air Forceman and of a
human being – he was kind, loyal, generous to name a few of his qualities and I
couldn’t be more proud to be his sister.
Until we meet again my wonderful brother .