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Archive Report: Allied Forces

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151 Squadron Crest
26.10.1940 No 151 Squadron Hurricane I V7434 Sgt. Stanley

Operation: Training

Date: 26th October 1940 (Saturday)

Unit: No. 151 Squadron (12 Group) Motto: Foy pour devoir - 'Fidelity unto duty'.

Type: Hurricane I

Serial: V7434

Code: DZ-?

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.

Burial details:

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:

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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, Michel Beckers, Major Fred Paradie (RCAF) and MWO François Dutil (RCAF) - Paradie Archive (on this site), Jean Schadskaje, Major Jack O'Connor USAF (Retd.), 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', Franek Grabowski, Norman L.R. Franks 'Fighter Command Losses', Aircrew Remembered Databases and our own archives. We are grateful for the support and encouragement of CWGC, UK Imperial War Museum, Australian War Memorial, Australian National Archives, New Zealand National Archives, UK National Archives and Fold3 and countless dedicated friends and researchers across the world.
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