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    Default Sgt/fl Stanley Alfred Jones DFM 118 sqn

    Hello there,
    Could anyone please tell me where this long serving 118 sqn Spitfire pilot's DOB and home was please.
    Many thanks.
    Roy

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    The Middlesex Chronicle of July 18th 1942 reported his D.F.M. award:

    D.F.M FOR BRENTFORD PILOT
    Sergeant Stanley Alfred Jones, of No. 118 Squadron, R.A.F., who was born in 1920, at Brentford, where his home is, has been awarded the Distinguished Flying Medal. He was a clerk when he enlisted in 1940 for training as a pilot. Sergt. Jones has been engaged on operational flying for more than a year and has completed over 100 sorties. These have included flights as escort to our bombers, fighter sweeps, and successful low-level cannon attacks against land targets and shipping. "Sergt. Jones," says the official announcement of the D.F.M. award, "has displayed fine leadership, keenness and determination and has set a splendid example."


    Ancestry.co.uk has an entry for a Stanley Alfred Jones in the England and Wales Civil Registration Death Index, giving a date of birth of June 6th 1920, and a date of death registration of January 2005, registered Bournemouth. The 1939 Register confirms his date of birth as June 6th 1920, and has him living at 5 Brent Road, Brentford. His occupation is given as 'tug engineer serving on M.V. Melita O.H.M.S.' which obviously doesn't tie in with the newspaper article. His father, Edward C. Jones, living at the same address, is listed as a tug owner. Just to tie things in, however, his marriage to his wife Mabel, a Section Officer in the W.A.A.F., was reported in the Kensington Post of April 6th 1946, and his father is recorded as Mr. E. C. Jones of 5 Brent Road.

    The April 6th 1946 article includes the following:
    'His total "bag" was two Junkers 88 damaged, and two 190s destroyed. For eight months he chased "doodle bugs" to good effect. He had a narrow escape in 1944 when he crashed into the sea near Cherbourg. Escaping from the cockpit under water he spent 14 hours in a dinghy with a broken leg, cut head and arm injuries, before being located by Spitfires and "collected" by air-sea rescue launch.'

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    Simon

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    1251533 Enlisted in Block 1250001-1299800 RAFVR Uxbridge between 01-May-40 and 31-Oct-40. So, with that very low number in the block he probably Enlisted in May 1940.
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    Hello Peter and Simon,
    Many thanks for a fantastic amount of information. You gents have helped me over several years, I would have given up long ago without your help.
    With your help Simon I have found in 'Diver-Diver' FO SA Jones was with 610 sqn flying Spitfire XIV's and on 23-6-44 shared 1/3 V-1 at 1535-1640hr.
    On that same evening he shared 1/2 V-1 with 610 sqn. As yet I have not found when he crashed into the sea of Cherbourg in 1944.
    Sincere thanks.
    Roy

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    I have the date as 26/6/1943 when EP413 of 118S was abandoned due to EF north east of Cherbourg.

    DaveW

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    Hello Roy,

    I imagine you have a copy of, Spitfire Mark V in Action, by your mate, Peter Caygill. If not, you will find some more information on Stanley Jones on the following pages:

    Caygill acknowledges the assistance of Stan Jones (unpaginated).

    (pp.58-9) Describes an attack, on 23 March, 1942, to the west of Portland by 118 Sqn on a formation of Ju 88's. Stan Jones damaged one of the attacking Ju 88's.

    (p.68) Group photo of 118 Sqn, c. 1942 (including Jones) - a bit blurry.

    (p.132) Mentions that Stan Jones shared in damaging a Fw 190 (with F/L 'Dickie' Newbery), west of Ijmuiden, on 11 March , 1943.

    (pp.148-50) Detailed description (no mention of a/c serial!), of Stan Jones' ditching on 26 June, 1943.

    See:
    Spitfire Mark V in Action RAF Operations in Northern Europe.
    Caygill,Peter.
    Shrewsbury:Airlife Publishing,2001.

    Col.

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    Hello Col and Dave W,
    Many thanks for your invaluable input on FL SA Jones.
    Dave you have sorted out a problem as Ancestry.co.uk has Stan ditched on 26-6-44, But your date makes sense for 1943, So thanks.
    Col once again thanks as I do not have the 'Spitfire Mark V in Action and is a great help. All I had was from 'RAF Victory Claims'.On 11-3-43 they have FL Newbery 1-Fw190 Damaged at Ijmuiden at 1755hr. and PO C Tallalla 1-Fw190 Destroyed at Ijmuiden at 1755hr. So have helped again.
    Roy

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