HOBDAY, James William

Sub Lieutenant (A), James William HOBDAY
Aged 23

Royal Navy 810 Squadron, Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve
Killed in air accident on 17th November 1943

James William Hobday was born in India, the son of William Horace and Hannah May HOBDAY.

He came to UK in 1936 to College at Loughborough. He had been living with Rev J.D.and Mrs Thomas in Barrow.

He died in a fighter evasion exercise in the Mediterranean according to HMS Illustrious roll of honour (off Scotland according to the Bury Free Press and Aircrew Remembered)
It does appear that the collision took place off Ailsa Craig, Scotland in a mid-air collision of two Barracudas killing Sub-Lieutenant (A) (RNVR) Exham, Christopher P.(Observer) and Sub-Lieutenant (A) (RNVR) Hobday, James W.(pilot)
Both aircraft were Barracuda from RN 810 Squadron, from HMS Landrail, Machrihanish. The other crew members N.F.Brody, J.Coles, W.E.Murray and D.J.W. Williams survived (he actually survived other crashes and the war).

photo CWGC

James Hobday is commemorated on the Lee on Solent Naval Memorial Bay 4 panel 7

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