26.10.1940 No 151 Squadron Hurricane I V7434 Sgt. Stanley
Date: 26th October 1940 (Saturday)
Unit: No. 151 Squadron (12 Group) Motto: Foy pour devoir - 'Fidelity unto duty'.
Type: Hurricane I
Base: L2 RAF Coleby Grange, Lincolnshire
Location: At base
Pilot: Sgt. Douglas Owen Stanley NZ/39944 RNZAF Age 24. Injured
REASON FOR LOSS:
Taking off from the satellite base of RAF Digby at 21:30 hrs. After climbing to 500 ft. began a gently left hand turn but then flew into the ground and caught fire. Rescue crews managed to remove him from the wreckage taking him to Lincoln County Hospital where he sadly lost his battle for life the following day.
During the same training exercise, Sgt. Holder flying Hurricane R4184 was also killed a few minutes later.
Sgt. Douglas Owen Stanley. Bidford-On-Avon Burial Ground. Grave 217. Born on the 12th July 1916 the son of William John and Annie Stanley (née Batley), of Matamata, Auckland, New Zealand. 215 flying hours logged. A 'Battle of Britain' pilot.
Researched and dedicated to the relatives of this pilot with thanks to the research by Errol Martyn and his publications: “For Your Tomorrow Vols. 1-3”, Auckland War Memorial Museum, Weekly News of New Zealand, other sources as quoted below: