BG Thomas Lloyd “Tommy” Hayes

BG Thomas Lloyd “Tommy” Hayes

Portland, Multnomah County, Oregon, USA
Death 25 Jul 2008 (aged 91)
Fairfax County, Virginia, USA
Burial Arlington, Arlington County, Virginia, USA
Plot Section 60, Site 8498.
Memorial ID 41785234 · View Source
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Brig.Gen., U.S. Air Force, WW II, Korea, Vietnam (Ret.).

Husband of Louise Hayes.

Also survived by children, Marilyn Kraus, Carol & Jane Hayes, Dorothy Thibblin; 13 grandchildren, and seven great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by a daughter, Suzanne des Cendres.
The following information provided by Find A Grave contributor A. Horan:

BGEN Thomas Hayes won designation as an ace pilot in Europe and the Pacific during World War II. The requirement for an ace is five or more documented aerial victories; in his career, he was credited with a total of 10.5 victories - 8.5 of these were German and two were Japanese. He flew 485 hours in 143 combat missions. During 1942 he was based in the South Pacific, at Java. During this time he was shot down by a Japanese Zero fighter over the island of Bali. Later in the war he was sent to Britain as a Squadron Commander, flying P51 Mustangs with the 357th Fighter Group - the Yoxford Boys. On March 6, 1944 he led his squadron on one of the first successful daylight raids on Berlin, where twenty enemy aircraft were shot down by the squadron, with all aircraft of the 357th Fighter Group returning safely. In his career he was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross, the Silver Star, and the Purple Heart.

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