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Archive Report: Allied Forces

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11.09.1940 N. 46 Squadron Hurricane I P3525 Sgt. Andrew Loss

Operation: Patrol

Date: 11th September 1940 (Wednesday)

Unit: No. 46 Squadron

Type: Hurricane I

Serial: P3525

Base: RAF Stapleford Tawney/ North Weald

Location: Nr. Stapleford, Essex

Pilot: Sgt. Stanley Andrew 740169 RAFVR Age 21. Killed


Returning from a patrol the Hurricane of Sgt. Andrew broke formation and span into the ground at 11.00 hrs near the airfield at Stapleford.

We have no further details as cause.

Above left, Stan with friends at the Blackburn Aircraft Company, Brough prior to call up. (see credits) Right: Taken at Bardufoss, Norway, May 1940 having been transported there by HMS Glorious (1)

A bad day 46 squadron losing some four aircraft:

Sgt. William Peacock flying Hurricane V7232, shot down over the Thames Estuary, missing.
P/O. P.R. Mcgregor Injured in a crash landing at 15.40 hrs near Staple Cross, Kent.
Sgt. de Cannart d’Hamale baling out of Hurricane V6549 over Bodiam, Kent at 15.30 hrs. Sadly this Belgian pilot was killed on the 1st November 1940, flying a Hurricane V7616. Crashing at 13.00 hrs after combat with Me109s at Acrise, Kent.

(1) HMS Glorious was sunk shortly afterwards on the 8th June 1940 by the Scharnhorst and Gneisenau with the loss of over 1,200 lives. The aircraft carrier was in the process of evacuating British aircraft from Norway. (Operation Alphabet) 

46 Squadron, taken November 2nd 1939. This is available at a higher resolution should other relatives like a copy (subject to agreement by contributor)

Presentation of the plaque by the Mayor, Rt. Hon. David Davis in the rear. The brother of Stanley, Mark in the front holding the plaque. Made on behalf of the Battle Of Britain Society.

Burial Details:

Sgt. Stanley Andrew. All Saints Churchyard, North Ferriby, Yokshire. Grave 141.

Further information: Son of John William and Amelia Andrew, of Swanland, Yorkshire. Born in 1919. Attended Swanland School and the technical college in Kingston upon Hull. Prior to be call up, he was an aircraft fitter with the Blackburn Aircraft Company.

Researched for relatives of the pilot. Acknowledgments: With thanks to Mark Andrew for information and also to Winston G. Ramsey - "Battle of Britain Then and Now", Norman L.R. Franks "Fighter Command Losses" Vol. 1, Commonwealth Graves Commission.

Left: Sgt Andrew grave, All Saints Churchyard, North Ferriby (church photo courtesy Roger Gilbertson)

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