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    Default Flight Lieutenant Stilling, No. 205 Squadron

    Does anyone here happen to know anything about a flying boat pilot called F/Lt Stilling, whom I'm assuming was attached to No. 205 Squadron at Seletar, Singapore, in September 1941? He was cetainly flying a flying boat there then.

    Would he be the same man as this entry on the CWGC site?
    http://www.cwgc.org/search/casualty_details.aspx?casualty=1816308

    Wing Commander Stanley Gordon Stilling, DFC
    39579
    No. 20 Squadron
    Died 01/10/1943

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    Hello Dave,

    Yes, they are one and the same.

    1-10-1943
    No.20 Sqn. RAAF
    Catalina A24-67

    Took off Darwin 0644/Z 30-9-43 for torpedo attack Pomelaa Harbour, Celebes. Shot down by AA over target area, Lt Cdr Carr RAN sole survivor.

    39579 W/C Stanley Gordon STILLING DFC +
    AUS260445 F/L Jack Robert HYDE RAAF +
    AUS411876 F/O Ronald Frank DICKINSON RAAF +
    AUS402648 P/O Norman Falkner DWYER RAAF +
    AUS400562 P/O Douglas Graham McDIARMED RAAF POW Died 2-10-43
    AUS15916 Sgt Thomas McMAHON RAAF +
    AUS34362 Sgt Frank Haydock THOMSON RAAF +
    AUS40274 Cpl Samuel James CARNELL RAAF +
    CAN J/5310 F/L John Malcolm BARNES RCAF +
    Lt Cdr Palgrave Ebden CARR RAN POW

    Stilling was an Australian, serving with the RAF.

    Col.
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    Default S.G. Stilling

    Hi Dave

    There's brief mention of him and his activities in my 'Bloody Shambles' Volume I. If you require any further information just let me know.

    Cheers
    Brian

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    Thanks very much for confirming this. Sad to see all those guys killed with him.

    Cheers
    Dave

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    Hello, Just some Additional info: Stilling and Dwyer were 1st cousins; They are commemorated at the old Prince Henry Hospital complex at Little Bay, Sydney, NSW Australia. Norman F Dwyer's parents, William and Edith Dwyer, had a brick clock tower built in the memory of their son and nephew. William Dwyer was a Clerical superintendant at the Hospital. The clock tower is still there but the old Hospital site has been re-developed as housing; A Nursing Home and Apartments. Its a long time since I read the sad story of the crash, but 2 Airmen survived and made to shore of an island and were captured by the Japanese. 1 soon died of wounds and the second, despite some rudimentary surgical procedures at the island, did survive and was instrumental in reporting about the treatment of captured service personnel at the island prison. Norman Dwyer was my mother's cousin.

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