- Second World War (1939-1945)
- Pilot Officer on probation
- Awarded on:
- July 9th, 1940
Hayne was as pilot of a Bristol Blenheim from No. 600 Squadron ordered to attack Waalhaven airport in May 1940, together with five other Blenheims of his squadron. Their objectives were the many Junkers Ju 52 planes and airborne troops on the airfield. When he attacked the field and set a Junkers on fire, he tried to pull up for another attack. At that moment he was himself attacked by German Messerschmitt Bf 109 fighters. His gunner managed to shoot one of the fighters down, but one of his own engines was on fire. Haine managed to crash-land his plane. He and his gunner contacted the Dutch Army and arrived in The Hague two days later. Here they were transported to England on the same ship, H.M.S. Hereward, which transported the Dutch Queen Wilhelmina to Harwich. He was awarded the DFC for his actions over Holland.
The joint (with Pilot Officer M. Kramer) recommendation states:
‘Pilot Officers Kramer and Haine were air gunner and pilot in one of six aircraft which attacked Rotterdam aerodrome on 10th May, 1940. Immediately after attacking aircraft on the ground, they were themselves attacked by six enemy fighters. The rear gun turret operating mechanism had been disabled and the gun itself became jammed, but Pilot Officer Kramer calmly directed his pilot how best to evade the attack of the enemy fighters and at the same time dismantled and repaired his gun and succeeded in driving off the enemy.
By the coolness of Pilot Officer Kramer and the accurate information he gave, pilot Officer Haine with great skill succeeded in bringing his badly damaged aircraft to a position where he was able to make a forced landing in friendly territory.’