Claude Dominic Hemy

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Claude Dominic Hemy
Hemy Claude Dominic.jpg
Hemy Claude D.jpg
Plaque on Lovekin Drive, Kings Park
Personal Information
Date of Birth 11 Sep 1911
Place of Birth Fremantle, Western Australia
Death 3 Aug 1942
Place of Death Bay of Biscay
Occupation Merchant seaman
Religion Roman Catholic
Next of Kin Wife , Mrs Jean Hemy
Military Information
Reg Number 104519
Rank Pilot Officer
Unit/Formation No. 51 Squadron RAF
Post War Details
Fate Killed in action 3 Aug 1942
Monument(s) Kelmscott War Memorial
Runnymede Memorial, England Commemorates airmen for whom there is no known grave.
WA State War Memorial
Australian War Memorial Is not listed on the Memorial
Medals 1939-45 Star
Atlantic Star
War Medal 1939-45

Pre War

Aged 15, Claude joined the merchant navy as a cabin boy on SS Siljan, a Norwegian ship which sailed from Fremantle to Falmouth, England. In England he was apprenticed to the West Hartleford Steamship Navigation Co. and as a cadet travelled on a large cargo ship to North and South America. In December 1938 Claude married Jean Sharp (1914 - 1982) and they had one child pre war. He had secured a job with a large power station suppyling Newcastle-on-Tyne.

War Service

Served with the RAF Volunteer Reserve as a Navigator. At the time of his death, he was a member of No. 51 Squadron RAF, a part of Coastal Command, based at RAF Station Chivenor in Devon . Their primary role was to carry out anti submarine patrols of the Bay of Biscay. On 3 Aug 1942 Claude's crew of six members of the RAF were in Armstrong Whitworth A.W.38 Whitley Serial Number Z9119, MH-G. They were presumed to have been shot down By 2 Arado 196s About 130 Miles Southwest of Lands End, Cornwall during an Anti Submarine Warfare Patrol, as a large explosion was seen by other aircraft.

British records needed.

  • Runneymede Memorial
  • Hemy Claude Dominic Memorial.jpg

Claude's name is on Panel 70 of the Runnymede Memorial.


Claude's uncle, Mr Vincent Weir Hemy served in the British Merchant Navy aboard SS Wellpark as a 4th Engineer during WW2 and had died as a Prisoner of the Japanese on 15 Aug 1942, aged 55.

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