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    Default 610635/53631 Jack Stonier (Met Branch?)

    Does anyone have postings for 610635/53631 Jack Stonier for May 43-Sep 44 and/or Jun 45-Jun 1955, please?

    STONIER, JACK, 610635
    b Wigan, Lancs, 20 Nov 20
    joined RAF, 6 Apr 38
    flg trng USA
    Sgt Plt, 1942
    41 Sqn, 14 Jul 42-27 Apr 43 (sent on emb leave)
    Flt Sgt, 1943

    postings wanting, May 43-Sep 44

    com Prob Plt Off (53631), 28 Sep 43
    Plt Off cnfmd & to Fg Off (WS), 28 Mar 44
    1565 (Met) Flt, RAF ME, Nicosia, Cyprus, Oct 44
    AFC (1565 Flt), 14 Jun 45
    Flt Lt (WS), 28 Sep 45

    postings wanting, ca Jun 45-Jun 1955

    Flt Lt, 1 Nov 47 (sen 28 Mar 47)
    app to SSC as Flt Lt, 16 Jun 48 (sen 28 Mar 47)
    ret 16 Jun 55

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    Steve
    41 (F) Squadron RAF at War and Peace, April 1916-March 1946
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    Yr man Stonier seems, from the LG, to have always been in the GD Branch.
    A fairly large number of GD aircrew (both NCO and Commissioned) flew single-seat a/c (Hurricane, Spitfire, Gladiator, etc) on Met Flights. They were, basically, ordinary aircrew Pilots who had been taught to make Met Obs at the same time as flying the a/c - not an easy job!! We are not aware (as yet!) of any Met Men who actually flew single-seat a/c (in WW2!). Many were Met Air Observers (MAO) in multi-crew a/c (Halifax, Hampden, B-17, etc). These would be wearers of the coveted 'M' half-brevet - not many of 'em left these days!!
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    Peter Davies
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    Hi Peter

    My apologies; I just realised I have not acknowleged your post, sorry about that.

    Thanks for the pointers; I appreciate the additional information

    Kind regards
    Steve
    41 (F) Squadron RAF at War and Peace, April 1916-March 1946
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    Sreve,

    Just a small addition to Peter's post in respect of the AFC. Quite a karge number of Met Flight pilots received this award over the years, the first one being to Captain C K M Douglas in 1919. Whilst it might appear that making meteorological ascents (essentially flight up to 24000 ft over the base airfield) is a safe and mundane task, that was nothing like the case. The flights were made whatever the weather, even thick fog and snow that grounded other units, and it says much for the pilots that, so far as I have been able to ascertain, only one lost his life in an incident directly attributed to weather.

    In January 1940 the Mildenhall Meteorological Flight received a unit commendation for maintining an unbroken record of ascents extending over more than three years; this recognised not only the pilots but also the ground crew for their contribution in maintaining a 100% serviceability of the unit's aircraft (Gauntlets and, latterly, Gladiators).

    Brian

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    Thanks Brian

    Wow, they sound like some pretty courageous pilots. Most of us feel uncomfortable with a little turbulence in a commercial jet - I shudder to think what that would have been like in a more 'flimsy' flying machine!

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    Steve
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