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    Default Flight Lieutenant (Pilot) STANLEY HERBERT ROSS COTTERILL. RCAF

    Hi All,

    Can anyone tell me anything about this guy. I know that he was part of a Mosquito Squadron who took part in Intruder Raids but if anyone has details of how he was killed it would be appreciated.

    Name: COTTERILL, STANLEY HERBERT ROSS
    Initials: S H R
    Nationality: Canadian
    Rank: Flight Lieutenant (Pilot)
    Regiment/Service: Royal Canadian Air Force
    Unit Text: 418 Sqdn.
    Age: 24
    Date of Death: 18/10/1944
    Service No: J/4874
    Awards: D F C
    Additional information: Son of Gordon and Mary Angela Cotterill, of Toronto, Ontario Canada.
    Casualty Type: Commonwealth War Dead
    Grave/Memorial Reference: Joint grave 6. D. 3.
    Cemetery: BELGRADE WAR CEMETERY

    Many thanks
    Sniper

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    Lost in Mosquito HR351 op to Eastern Austria. Nav. F/Lt. C.G. Finlayson DFC*

    Cotterill's DFC 1/9/44

    Claims: 4 destroyed all on night of 6/7 June 1944, 1 damaged, 4 V-1s 2 on 22/23 June, 27/28 June and 7/8 July.

    Sources: Carter DFC, Other Eagles Shores, Air Britain, They Shall Not Grow Old

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    COTTERILL, F/L Stanley Herbert Ross (J4874) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.418 Squadron - Award effective 1 September 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 2373/44 dated 3 November 1944. Born in Beamsville, Ontario, 1919. Home in Toronto; enlisted there 25 September 1940. Trained at No.2 ITS, Regina (posted there 14 October 1940; promoted to LAC 4 November 1940), No.6 EFTS, Prince Albert (posted there 4 November 1940) and No.4 SFTS (posted there 4 January 1941; awarded wings 17 March 1941 and promoted to Sergeant). Attended Central Flying School Trenton, 25 March 1941; to No.6 SFTS, Dunnville, 24 June 1941 as instructor. Posted to No.36 OTU, Greenwood, 29 October 1943; posted to No.1 "Y" Depot, Halifax, 15 January 19444; arrived in UK, 31 January 1944; posted to No.60 OTU, 29 February 1944; to No.418 Squadron, 2 May 1944; killed in action, 18 October 1944 with F/L C.G. Finlayson. Award presented to next-of-kin, 2 December 1946. All aerial victories gained with Sergeant E.H. McKenna (RAF) as navigator. These were: 6 June 1944, three Ju.52s destroyed plus one Ju.188 destroyed; 22/23 June 1944, two V-ls destroyed; 27/28 June 1944, one V-1 destroyed; 7/8 July 1944, one V-1 destroyed; 3 September 1944, one Bf.109 destroyed. Photos PL-29467 (in flying gear) and PL-29468 (with McKenna).

    "This officer has completed numerous sorties and has set a fine example of skill, courage and resolution. One night in June 1944 Flight Lieutenant Cotterill shot down four enemy aircraft over an area in northern France, a feat which testifies to his exceptional keenness and determination. On other occasions, Flight Lieutenant Cotterill has operated against enemy airfields and railway installations with success."

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    Sniper,

    Other details about loss of Cotterill and Finlayson (who by the way wasn't his usual navigator...) on http://cgi.bowesonline.com/pedro.php?id=217&x=story&xid=352222 which has a nice narrative of actions the day before as well.

    Regards,

    Leendert
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    There is a news article from Nov.29 1944 reporting him as missing here:
    http://www.vac-acc.gc.ca/remembers/sub.cfm?source=collections/virtualmem/photos&casualty=2224097
    Dave Wallace

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    Hi All,

    This is an awesome amount of information, my thanks to you all. All this information will be entered into the Beamsville book of casualties and hopefully will be completed by September when i visit the town next. As posted in other threads the local libraires and schools will be presented with copies for the use of the town.

    Again my sincere thanks to all that have helped me so far. I do have some more RCAF who i need to know about and will post them up one at a time and i hope that i get the same help that i have had so far.

    Take care all
    Sniper

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