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'Unaccounted' airman 13-1-1940

'Unaccounted' airman 13-1-1940
Author: Henk Welting (Guest)
Time Stamp:
11:34:49 Thursday, August 9, 2007
Post:
What caused the death of P/O (Pilot) Stanley M. WEST - 42778, according to The Times (16-2-1940) killed on active service. He lies buried Grantham Cem., Lincs.

The only a/c write-off I may come up with is Vega Gulf III, P1752 of 24 Sqn, crashed in forced landing Wentworth GC (Gliding Centre), Surrey.

Regards and thanks for your help.

Henk.


RE: 'Unaccounted' airman 13-1-1940
Author: DaveW
Time Stamp:
13:04:38 Thursday, August 9, 2007
Post:
Henk

Death is registered at Melton Mowbray and is likely to be associated with the loss of Oxford N6380 at Plungar, 2m E of Langar Airfield. Plungar comes within MM jurisdiction.

Regards

DaveW



RE: 'Unaccounted' airman 13-1-1940
Author: Henk Welting (Guest)
Time Stamp:
14:58:29 Thursday, August 9, 2007
Post:
Thanks Dave. Indeed N6380 is in AB Serials, however not on the AB Aeromilitaria list 'losses in UK WW2'. Assume he was only casualty ? What was 'comes within MM jurisdiction'? (sorry for the stupid question).

Regards,

Henk.


RE: 'Unaccounted' airman 13-1-1940
Author: DaveW
Time Stamp:
15:08:11 Thursday, August 9, 2007
Post:
Sorry Henk

MM = Melton Mowbray.

I don't know about other casualties.

DaveW


RE: 'Unaccounted' airman 13-1-1940
Author: Graeme (Guest)
Time Stamp:
15:28:36 Thursday, August 9, 2007
Post:
henk,

West, S. M.

Stanley Mornington West (Stan), 42778, was an Acting Pilot Officer in the RAF. he was 24 when he died from a flying accident on Saturday 13th January 1940, and is buried in Grantham Cemetery.

He was the "eldest and dearly loved" son of Mrs J West, from 39 Maison Dieu Road, Dover. He was born in India and came to England in 1929. He and his younger brother went to the County (now Grammar) School. He was said to be popular, and having a character of resolution and determination. He was even-tempered, considerate towards others, and gentle in manner. He was aid to have scores of friends, across the Empire, in France, and at home, to whom he was said to be loyal, as he was to the school he loved.

He loved sport, playing in the first teams for cricket, football, and rugby; he was also in the cadet corps, the RLSS, the choir, and the dramatic society. He also belonged, as did his brother, to St Mary's choir.

When he left school he worked for a chartered accountants in London, but in 1936 joined the Metropolitan Police Force. In 1937 he came the the Canterbury Police Force. He maintained his sporting interests, playing cricket for both forces as well the the St Lawrence cricket club. Two years after coming to Canterbury later he achieved his dream of joining the RAF, passing the exam and being accepted in August 1939. There he also learnt to play squash. Just before Christmas he gained his "Wings" and was about to complete his training when he was killed.

He was due to have been married the next month to Miss Joyce Attwood, from Brixton Hill.

Acting Pilot Officer Stanley West was the first fatality of the Second World War recorded from the County School.

See http://www.doverwarmemorialproject.org.uk/Casualties/WWIInot/SurnamesWandY.htm

Regards,

Graeme



RE: 'Unaccounted' airman 13-1-1940
Author: Henk Welting (Guest)
Time Stamp:
15:32:33 Thursday, August 9, 2007
Post:
Thanks Dave and Graeme for additional info.

Regards and good weekend,

Henk.