WW1 RNAS Photograph Album of Lieutenant Frederick Hayward DFM, AFM.
A fine snap shot photograph album showing a number of seaplanes, airships, naval vessels, portraits and group shots. Also included are copies of the original citations for the award of the DFM & AFM. A small number of photographs, show land planes converted to sea planes including a Vickers Gun Bus. Contained in original album. Approx 67 images plus telegrams etc.
Squadron Leader Frederick Hayward joined the RNAS and served as a an Observer Wireless Operator, operating on Short Seaplanes on anti Submarine and coastal patrol work. The announcement of the award of the DFM appeared in the London Gazette December 3rd 1918. The medal was awarded for gallantry while attacking a German submarine. The seaplane was damaged by fire the pilot being knocked Unconscious, Hayward in the rear seat, crawled to the pilots cockpit, squeezed inside, and then attacked the submarine, scoring direct hits and sinking it. He then made a flight of 100 miles and landed safely. The AFM was awarded for bravery and presence of mind (LG 8th February 1919), after his aircraft crashed landed in the sea, he and his pilot were afloat for three days in gale force winds. His pilots condition deteriorate and it was only through the sacrifice Hayward giving up his emergency rations that the pilot survived, photographs of the aircraft after being towed to the harbour are included. However it would appear that HaywardÕs mot remarkable contribution to the war effort occurred in June 1918, while on wireless duty on a remote beach he received a distress call for the Cunard Liner Caronia, carrying 8,000 American troops. She was being attacked by two German submarines. Hayward then transmitted a number of messages purporting to come from and to Royal Navy Forces steaming to the aid of the liner, the submarines were completely taken in and turned tail, the liner Saved. In 1918 he was commissioned into the RAF and during WW2 volunteered his service. serving with the AASF in France 1940, he found his way to the Dunkirk beeches and seeing the hopelessness of the situation made his way to Amiens and got a seat on one of the last RAF transports to leave. He served the war and retired to Deal in Kent.