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AL HAYES, above, gained attention for having been an aviator chosen to escort a ship in which Sir Winston Churchill was making towards high-level diplomatic talks. His wife Jean Isobel Germann Hayes (later Robinson) was born in Waterloo, Ontario, and along with her siter Louise was always an avid musician; “She grew up in a household full of music; Jean and sister Louise inherited their father’s wonderful musicality. She married her high school sweetheart, Allan Hayes in 1944 and moved to Nassau where he was based [as] an R.C.A.F. Flying Officer….” Credit: Right: 2015 obituary,, and
Credit: For Allan Hayes, his nephew Geoffrey Hayes in Canada, and he and Vivian Cribbes Guerra, at view/ georgederykcribbes/allan-al-hayes

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