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Sergeant Stanley HAMILTON (1739618) of the Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve

Air Gunner
Lost in aircraft Lancaster PB363  IBCC

Death of Death 1944-08-18 .

Served in 103 Sqdn

Burial/Commemoration Details : Plot 6. Row C. Grave 9. at Longuenesse (St. Omer) Souveni, France


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AIR81/4313Sergeant W J Barnfather, Sergeant J Westoby, Pilot Officer J Whitsed, Sergeant J Curtis, Sergeant J Perfect: killed; Sergeant W S Hamilton: injured; aircraft accident, Whitley P5090, 502 Squadron, 24 November 1940.C16688411
AIR81/10186Pilot Officer L B Ercolani, Sergeant D A S Hamilton: (RNZAF), Sergeant J B Holdsworth, Sergeant J N MacLennan, Sergeant A G Weller, Sergeant A J N Fry: missing now safe; aircraft damaged by anti aircraft fire, Wellington X3206, 214 Squadron, 8 November 1941.C16998433

Aircraft Accident / Loss Entry

Date of Crash 1941-01-01 18 Aug 44 Aircraft Name Lancaster III Serial Number PB363
Unit 103 Sqdn Operating Airfield Country France
Aircrew details
Source Henk Welting's Database

Other Aircrew lost in Lancaster III PB363

Rank Name, Number, Trade & Details DateUnit Country Cemetary/Memorial & Loc Ref
Flying OfficerJohn Prescott AUSTIN (176233) Pilot Lancaster PB363  IBCC 1944-08-18103 Sqdn AIR27 FranceLonguenesse (St. Omer) Souveni
SergeantStanley HAMILTON (1739618) Air Gunner Lancaster PB363  IBCC 1944-08-18103 Sqdn AIR27 FranceLonguenesse (St. Omer) Souveni
SergeantKenneth Graham WEBB (924401) Wireless Op./Air Gunner Lancaster PB363  IBCC 1944-08-18103 Sqdn AIR27 FranceLonguenesse (St. Omer) Souveni

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Seeking help with locations of 883 AMES in 1944I suspect you are plagued with requests for help from those, like me, looking into their family history. If so please excuse another approach. I am more of a keen amateur military historian (WW2 not really my period) than a genealogist so am coming to this from a historical angle following up a story I have just learned from an Uncle claiming that my father may have been involved in, and wounded at, the battles of Imphal/Kohima (8 March to 3 July 1944) whilst serving on ground radar. Certainly I recall he had significant scars (perhaps shrapnel) over both legs but he never wished to speak about his war service other than humorous stories of goats eating his uniform etc. I also know how unreliable oral history is, especially as whatever my father may have told him was over twenty years ago as he died back in 1989. I have a copy of his service records from which I have gathered the following: My father, 1716529 LA/C J.C.J West, served with 670 AMES until 22 May 1944. I have discovered from a PDF of "Canadians in Radar in South East Asia, 1941-45" (Angus Hamilton) that unit was located at Dohazar, near Chittagong, as part of 182 Signals Wing. Nowhere near those battlefields. He then transferred to 883 AMES on 22 May 1944 - this date is right in the middle of the Battle. Now I don't know but to me that sound an unlikely transfer date for a non-combatant into an ongoing battle. He then transferred to 5029 AMES on 5 Sept 1944. The same source (Hamilton) give a location for 5029 as Observation Hill, the location of which hill I have not been able to establish. But they are also part of 182 Signals Wing and as Type 5 radar appears to be Chain Overseas Low I suspect that is a role that would be far enough back from the front line not to have been involved in either battle (they were over anyway) or any possible aftermath. I'm prepared to be corrected but I can find not mention of an Observation Hill near either battlefield. I am minded to discount the story as inaccurate from what I have learned above but not quite. Maybe he was involved in Imphal/Kohima but was wounded later (in a separate action or from some sort of accident?). I know enough about oral history to know how easily stories get compounded or confused, especially with the passage of time and second or third hand. Interestingly his service record shows him at the British Military Hospital at Shillong in Meghalaya between 4 Oct and 2 Nov 1944 and not re-posted to 5029 AMES until 2 Jan 1945 with a simultaneous promotion to CPL. Assuming the period post discharge from hospital may have been recuperative, and may tie in with his leg wounds I saw. Anyway, to make certain I am now trying to come at it from the opposite end and establish where 883 AMES was located at the relevant times - of the battle and in October when he was wounded. If he wasn't wounded at Imphal/Kohima where was he? Can anyone help or point me in the direction of a source which might. I am based in Edinburgh, so ....Read More.notquitekarpov on 12th August 2015 03:10:20
Remember RhuIn memory of those who died while serving with RAF Helensburgh I will be sending a Poppy Cross to be placed on the war memorial at nearby Rhu, Lest We Forget them as their names are not recorded there. Among the fatalities: the complete crew of Lerwick L7248 while trying to solve inherent handling problems with this type of aircraft. The Short Scion fitted with a experimental hull crashed killing scientist Mr H G White. His young assistant James Hamilton sank with the Scion but survived to become Sir James Hamilton, knighted for his design work on Concorde. I think this reflects the mettle of the men and women who served with RAF Helensburgh (Marine Aircraft Experimental Establishment). Their numbers are reducing. Sir James and Aircraftman Len Townsend, both involved in the Scion experiments, passed away recently. My late father Bob Bird was the MAEE photographer at RAF Helensburgh. The Poppy Cross is in remembrance to them, too. Sixteen, possibly 17, people died in these flying accidents that continued to the end of 1945, claiming the lives of aircrew who had seen action operationally. It was tragic that they survived the war only to die in this way between October and December 1945. RAF Commands Forum is a fitting place to record their service to the country. MAEE made a major contribution to the defeat of U-Boats and improved ways of rescuing ditched RAF crew. Lest We Forget. robin bird, Wallasey Cheshire ....Read More.robin bird on 30th October 2015 06:10:05
Sergeant David Walter Hunter Hanson, 1956I now have a copy of the accident report into the crash of Brigand RH831 sent from The National Archives (TNA). Their licence conditions allow me free use of the data subject to acknowledgement of source.All items within double inverted commas in this posting are copied verbatim from TNA Reference, “BT 233/329 – C691176”.I have tried to present all salient facts, warts and all.Court of Inquiry.1.“The aircraft was returning after being airborne for 50 minutes from an abortive A.I. sortie. The pilot joined the circuit on the dead side of the airfield for landing and then called the tower to the effect that he had complete engine failure. He then attempted to carry out a belly landing by turning towards the airfield in a steep diving turn, but undershot and struck some trees and the ground with his port wing. The aircraft then broke up, burst into flames and came to rest.“2.“It is the firm conclusion of the Court that the accident was caused by the pilot selecting ‘FUEL ISOLATING COCK – OFF’ instead of ‘SUPERCHARGERS – ‘M’ GEAR’. This would result in the engines cutting simultaneously after a brief interval.The normal procedure is to exercise the superchargers in ‘S’ gear before rejoining the circuit for landing, and this is recommended in Pilots’ Notes. It is considered that the pilot did this and then, reaching back to return the levers to the ‘M’ position, he operated the fuel isolation cocks instead, and turned them ‘OFF’.This is borne out by the fact that the superchargers were in ‘S’ gear after the crash and the actual cocks on the fuel isolating system were closed.”3.“No blame can be attached to anyone but the pilot, who committed an error of airmanship.The superchargers should be exercised at a safe height. The Court considers that this height should be a minimum of 3,000 feet. This would enable the pilot to realise, and correct his error should he operate the wrong controls.Consideration should be given to modifying the fuel isolating cock levers by embodying a suitable catch in the ‘ON’ position to avoid unintentional operation.”4.“6th Witness ……………… I am the Unit Q.F.I. and Fighter Command Instrument Rating Examiner. On 7th March, 1956 I flew with Sergeant Hanson on an Instrument Rating re-test. I was re-testing him since on the previous test his instrument take-off and controlled descent had not been satisfactory. On this occasion the test was satisfactory. During this test an engine failed during the final stages of the Q.G.H. under adverse conditions. On my instructions Sergeant Hanson carried out the feathering drill and I carried on and landed the aircraft. During this incident Sergeant Hanson was calm, but his reactions were somewhat slow. On his conversion to the Balliol and Brigand aircraft he was methodical, but very slow. I consider his flying ability, however, to be of average standard. Question 1On returning to the circuit and selecting “S” gear to exercise the superchargers would it be possible for the pilot to sel ....Read More.Don Busby on 20th November 2015 05:29:02
451023 - Unaccounted Airmen - 23-10-1945Hello, 451023 - Unaccounted Airmen - 23-10-1945 From Henk's List - NETHERLANDS BELL, Thomas Hamilton - Wng/Cdr (Gunner)[Henk has - Gunner ] - [CWGC & Geoff's sites has - 14563493 - Royal Artillery (attd 661 A.O.P Sqdn RAF) - Groesbeek Canadian War Cemetery, Gelderland, Netherlands. NEW ZEALAND ROWE, William Alfred - Sgt - NZ416619 - RNZAF - Christchurch (Bromley ) Cemetery, Christchurch City, New Zealand. UK GLISTER, George Henry - AC1 - 1649477 - RAF - Doncaster (Rose Hill) Cemetery, Yorkshire. JENNINGS, Arthur Robert - AC2 - 1894503 - RAFVR - Rochester (Strood) Cemetery, Kent. POTTER, Charles William - F/S - 330756 - B.E.M - RAF - Rougham (St. Mary) Churchyard, Suffolk. From CWGC & Geoff's sites - INDIA HIRST, Norris Tomlinson - LAC - 1496587 - RAFVR - Madras War Cemetery, Chennai, India. KENYA DYER, Francis Charles - F/O(WoP-A/G) - 196414 - RAFVR - Kisumu Cemetery, Kenya. Alex ....Read More.Alex Smart on 2nd January 2016 10:29:19
India GCI station namesI am looking at Beaufighter Night sorties where references to SWINDLE HIGHSPOT JOBEY DUNLOP and MENTOR are recorded. These are clearly GCI control stations does anyone know of any records or maps where these stations were located. I know that many were mobile stations as opposed to permanent any help welcome. If anyone has a copy of 'Canadians on Radar in S E Asia' by Angus Hamilton it might hold some references. Many thanks. ....Read More.colinpateman on 8th October 2017 02:19:53
India GCI station names[QUOTE=colinpateman;129211] If anyone has a copy of 'Canadians on Radar in S E Asia' by Angus Hamilton it might hold some references. [/QUOTE] The PDF is available on Robert Quirk's website [url][/url] but no references to the names. ....Read More.Jagan on 8th October 2017 04:45:45
William Arthur "Bill" Waterton AFC & Bar, GM (18 March 1916*– 17 April 2006) 42288I am reading Empire of the Clouds by James Hamilton-Patterson and his has a chapter on Bill Waterton and he has access to his log book and archive He says he was with 242 Sqn when he was hit over Dunkirk late May 1940 he quotes the serial as Hurricane L1852 he was badly injured and in hospital for 3 months A knowledgable contact of mine says this “Hi Paul. L1852 was not with 242sqd but 229sqd. The only info I have at moment is that it was damaged in combat over Dunkirk on the 29th of may . Pilot unknown at present. Aircraft went to 10 mu on the 6th of June 40.” Waterton wiki page says Incident was May 25th Can anyone clear all this up ? Thanks Paul ....Read More.paulmcmillan on 28th May 2018 12:41:42
Lawrence of Arabia aircraft use ?Hello, One more of Lawrence's "Pilots": [url][/url] - see: pp.16-18 of 27 (PDF) and ... [url][/url] - Scroll down to Download PDF document - go to pp.154 & 156 of 167. Players: 6218 Lt (Pilot) George Clifton PETERS Australian Flying Corps (later DFC) 457 Lt (Obs.) James Hamilton TRAILL Australian Flying Corps (later DFC) Col. ....Read More.COL BRUGGY on 7th August 2018 03:14:29
Fg Offr William (Bill) F Stock RCAF R74385/j7812Roy There's a W. F. Stock mentioned here: [url][/url] [I]Course 29: May 26 - August 8, 1941 Wing Commander Elmer Fullerton presented wings to 43 graduates (J/6707) Walter James Hill; +(J/6708) Davis Hamilton Perry - 427 Sqn., London, Ont.; +(J/6709) Louis Vernon Longley, No. 3 C & FF St. Hubert, Paradise, N.S.; (J/6710) Wilfred Davis - AFC; +(J/6711 - R/74790) Donald Patrick McDonald - KIFA 142 Sqn.; +(J/6712) John Alan Burkitt - 6 SF/58 Sqn., Brandon; (J/6713) Kenneth Alexander Mackenzie; (J/6714) Allen Perkins Spaulding; +(J/6715) Richard Archibald Dunbar - 260 Sqn. DAF, Edmunston, N.B.; (J/6716) Harlow Ralston Hollis; (J/6717) Harvey Kavaner; (J/6718) William Irvin Gordon - 403/416 Sqns.; +(J/6719) William Zoochkan - 403 Sqn., Rainy River; (J/6720) Clifford Borden Hess - DFC 432 Sqn., Iroquois, Ont. W.F. Stock[/U; F. Costello, +(R/74317) Patrick Redmond Roach, 17 Sqn., Kirkland Lake; Hazen Smith Anderson - PoW; +(R/78316) Harold Joseph Fox - 66/249 Sqn. Malta; (J/14086) William Haworth Hall - DFC 15 Sqn., Winnipeg; (J/23020 - R/75805) Ross Armer - AFC, Hamilton; +(R/75615 - J/18125) Stuart Pennington - DFM 426 Sqn., Dundas, Ont.; A.E. Roberts, Calgary; +(R/77267 - J/15737) James Emmett McNamara 416 Sqn.- 1435 Flt. Malta - KIFA 421 Sqn. [/I] However, that service number and Stock brings up: [url][/url] [I]Course 34 - July 27 - October 7, 1941 Other graduates included: (J/7812) John Andrews Stock. [/I]See also:[I] [url][/url][/I] Regards Simon ....Read More.wwrsimon on 26th November 2018 09:18:55

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