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111 Squadron Crest
18.08.1940 No. 111 Squadron Hurricane I R4187 Fl/Lt. S. Connors DFC Bar

Operation: Airfield Defence

Date: 18th August 1940 (Sunday)

Unit: No. 111 Squadron

Type: Hurricane I

Serial: R4187

Code: ?

Base: RAF Croydon

Location: The Oaks, Wallington, Surrey

Pilot: Fl/Lt. Stanley Dudley Pierce Connors DFC Bar. 40349 RAF Age 28. Killed


During combat with Do17’s in the process of bombing Kenley Airfield the Hurricane was hit and shot down by friendly anti-aircraft fire. The aircraft crashed at ‘The Oaks’, Wellington in Surrey at 13:18hrs.

He was at this time an ‘ace’ with 12 aircraft confirmed as destroyed.

Shortly before his lost, he shot down a Bf 110C-6 S9 + TH of 1 Staffel/Erprobungs Gruppe 210 which crashed at Broadbridge Farm, Smallfield, Horley on the 15th August 1940. Both crew, Lt. Erich Beudel and his radio operator, Obergefreiter Otto Jordan were killed. Sgt. T.J. Wallace shared this - the Messerschmidt can be seen to have dozens of .303 strikes on the airframe. (courtesy Kracker Archive - on this website)

Joined 111 Squadron on 27th June 1938. Educated at the St. Pauls School, Darjeeling, India. Commissioned in December 1937.

Burial details:

Fl/Lt. Stanley Dudley Pierce Connors DFC Bar. North Berwick Cemetery. Sec. B. Grave 123. (shown right) Born on the 8th April 1912 the son of Pierce Frederick John Patrick and Norah Muriel Connors, husband of Marjorie Violet Connors, of North Berwick, Scotland.

The Luftwaffe crew were buried at Cannock Chase, graves 239 and 240. (shown left)

Researched and dedicated to the relatives of this pilot with thanks to sources as quoted below.

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