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No 9 Squadron
No. 9 Squadron Wellington IC R3220 WS-? F/Lt. Desmond Geoffrey Stanley

Operation: Dusseldorf, Germany

Date: 7th/8th December 1940 (Saturday/Sunday)

Unit: No. 9 Squadron

Type: Wellington IC

Serial: R3220

Code: WS-

Base: RAF Honington, Suffolk

Location: Stene on the Southern outskirts of Ostend

Pilot: F/Lt. Desmond Geoffrey Stanley. 33336. RAF. Age 23. Killed (1)

2nd Pilot: Sgt. Robert Coates Parker. 754182. RAFVR. Age? Killed

Obs: Sgt. John James Coulsham Nanson. 759229. RAFVR. Age? Killed

W/Op/Air/Gnr: Sgt. Anthony Arthur Rogers. 965303. RAFVR. Age 26. Killed (2)

Air/Gnr: Sgt. Joseph Alan Grocott. 581509. RAF. Age 20. Killed

Air/Gnr: Sgt. William Humphrey Pontin. 967876. RAFVR. Age 20. Killed (3)


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Wellington IC type aircraft. Dusseldorf after a bombing raid

REASON FOR LOSS:

Wellington R3220 took off from RAF Honington at 17.00hrs for an operation on Dusseldorf. 69 aircraft took off that day most going to Dusseldorf with a total of 5 aircraft lost. Twelve aircraft from No 9 Squadron were involved in this operation with Wellington R3220 failing to return. 

The aircraft was hit by flak and crashed near Ostend. The following day nine aircraft from No 9 Squadron carried out a search for the aircraft over the North Sea but without success

                            

Oostende New Communal Cemetery, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium

Burial details:

Fl/Lt. Desmond Geoffrey Stanley. Oostende New Communal Cemetery, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Plot 9. Row 4. Joint Grave 8-9. Son of the Very Revd. Charles Geoffrey Nason Stanley, B. A. and Eileen Stanley of Lismore Deanery, Co. Waterford, Irish Republic. (1) Desmond Geoffrey Stanley was posted to No. 9 Squadron on the 21st Oct 1940 from No. 15 OTU (Operational Training Unit) Born on the 23 September 1917 in Waterford. Educated at Bishop Foy School he and entered Cranwell in 1936 and was assigned to C Squadron. Stanley is remembered on the Waterford Roll of Honour

Sgt. Robert Coates Parker. Oostende New Communal Cemetery, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Plot 9. Row 4. Grave 4. No further information on next of kin

Sgt. John James Coulsham Nanson. Oostende New Communal Cemetery, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Plot 9. Row 4. Joint Grave 8-9. No further information on next of kin

Sgt. Anthony Arthur Rogers. Oostende New Communal Cemetery, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Plot 9. Row 4. Grave 5. Son of Samuel and Edith Jane Rogers of Manchester (2) At the time of his death Anthony's address was 33 Deramere Street, Manchester

Sgt. Joseph Alan Grocott. Oostende New Communal Cemetery, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Plot 9. Row 4. Grave 7. Son of Joseph and Grace Constant Grocott of Waltham Abbey, Essex

Sgt. William Humphrey Pontin. Oostende New Communal Cemetery, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Plot 9. Row 4. Grave 6. Son of William H. and Doris W. Pontin of Pontnewydd, Monmouthshire (3) William Humphrey Pontin is remembered on the Pontnewydd War Memorial

Researched by: Kate Tame Aircrew Remembered and for all the relatives and friends of the crew. With special thanks to Commonwealth War Graves Commission, W R Chorley - Bomber Command Losses of WW2 1939-40 including Prewar Losses July 1936-September 1939, Martin Middlebrook and Chris Everitt - Bomber Command War Diaries, National Archives - Air 27/125 and Air 27/131

Acknowledgements: Sources used by us in compiling Archive Reports include: Bill Chorley - 'Bomber Command Losses Vols. 1-9, plus ongoing revisions', Dr. Theo E.W. Boiten and Mr. Roderick J. Mackenzie - 'Nightfighter War Diaries Vols. 1 and 2', Martin Middlebrook and Chris Everitt - 'Bomber Command War Diaries', Commonwealth War Graves Commission, Tom Kracker - Kracker Luftwaffe Archives and Fred Paradie - Paradie Archive (both on this site), Robert Gretzyngier, Wojtek Matusiak, Waldemar Wójcik and Józef Zieliński - 'Ku Czci Połeglyçh Lotnikow 1939-1945', Anna Krzystek, Tadeusz Krzystek - 'Polskie Siły Powietrzne w Wielkiej Brytanii', Norman L.R. Franks 'Fighter Command Losses', Aircrew Remembered Databases and our own archives. We are grateful for the support and encouragement of UK Imperial War Museum, Australian War Memorial, Australian National Archives, UK National Archives and Fold3 and countless dedicated friends and researchers across the world.
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