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Name: John Playford "Jack" Hales
John Hales
Country: Canada
Rank: Captain
Service: Royal Naval Air Service
Royal Air Force
Units: 9N (RNAS)
203 (RAF)
Victories: 5
Born: 11 September 1893
Place of Birth: Guelph, Ontario
Died: 23 August 1918 Killed In Action
Place of Death: Near Bray
Cemetery: Méaulte Military Cemetery, Somme, France
The son of Alfred Hales, John Playford Hales graduated from Ontario Agricultural College in 1915. He joined the Royal Naval Air Service in July 1916. Posted to France with 9 Naval Squadron in September 1917, he scored 4 victories in 4 months flying the Sopwith Camel. He then became a ferry pilot, flying aircraft from England to France. In April 1918 he was promoted to Captain and returned to combat with 203 Squadron in the summer. Twelve days after he scored his 5th victory, Hales was killed in action over the Somme by anti-aircraft fire.
Date Time Unit Aircraft Opponent Location
1 23 Sep 1917 0815 9N Sopwith Camel (B3832) Albatros D.III (DES) Ostend-Dixmude
2 28 Sep 1917 1610 9N Sopwith Camel (B3832) Albatros D.III (DES) 1 Dixmude
3 15 Oct 1917 1215 9N Sopwith Camel (B3832) Albatros D.V (OOC) Middelkerke
4 23 Nov 1917 1220 9N Sopwith Camel (B3832) Albatros D.V (OOC) 2 S of Dixmude
5 11 Aug 1918 1930 203 Sopwith Camel (D9671) Fokker D.VII (OOC) E of Bray

1 Shared with FCdr Stearne Edwards, F/SLt Fred Banbury, F/SLt Oliver Redgate, F/SLt Merrill Taylor
2 Shared with FCdr Fred Banbury
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