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    Default Pilot F/Lt J.B.Stonier

    Maybe it is a long shot but I try it although. I obtained a Navigational Computer which belonged to a Pilot named F/Lt J.B.Stonier. He was based at RAF Scampton and was in active service from 1943 to 1945. He was born in 1924. I am afraid that's all I know.
    Would like to know everything about his wartime career.

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    Adrian

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    Adrian, Perhaps this is your man. Note the incorrect post-nominals for the entry of 27 Jan 48.
    Air Ministry, 21st December, 1943.
    ROYAL AIR FORCE.
    GENERAL DUTIES BRANCH.
    Appointment to commission.
    As Plt. Offs. on prob. (emergency):
    Flt. Sgts.
    610635 Jack STONIER (53631). 28th Sept. 1943.

    Air Ministry, 14th April, 1944.
    ROYAL AIR FORCE.
    GENERAL DUTIES BRANCH.
    Confirmation and promotion.
    Plt. Offs. (prob.) confmd. in appts. and to be Flg. Offs. (war subs.):
    J. STONIER (53631). 28th Mar. 1944.

    Air Ministry, 14th June, 1945.
    The KING has been graciously pleased to approve the following awards:
    Air Force Cross.
    Flying Officers.
    Jack STONIER (53631), R.A.F.

    Air Ministry, 9th November, 1945.
    ROYAL AIR FORCE.
    GENERAL DUTIES BRANCH.
    Promotion.
    Flg. Off. to Flt. Lt. (war subs.):
    J. STONIER, A.F.C. (53631). 28th Sept. 1945.

    Air Ministry, 27th January, 1948
    ROYAL AIR FORCE
    GENERAL DUTIES BRANCH
    The undermentioned are granted the substantive rank of Flight Lieutenant, 1st Nov 1947, with the seniorities stated
    J. STONIER, D F C (53631) 28th Mar 1947

    Air Ministry, 6th July, 1948
    ROYAL AIR FORCE
    GENERAL DUTIES BRANCH.
    Appointment to commission.
    As Flight Lieutenants short service (A M.O A 899/47)
    Jack STONIER, AFC (53631). 16th June 1948 (seniority, 28th Mar. 1947)

    Air Ministry, 12th July, 1955.
    ROYAL AIR FORCE.
    GENERAL DUTIES BRANCH.
    Retirement.
    Flight Lieutenant J. STONIER, A.F.C. (53631). 16th June 1955.
    Regards, Terry

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    Hello Terry

    Yes this could be the one I am looking for. Many,many Thanks for this terrific information. Any ideas which Squadron he belongs?? I am in touch with his wife where I obtained his Nav Computer and she only remember that he was a F/Lt and based at Scampton during the war(1943/1945) as a pilot.

    Cheers,
    Adrian

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    Gents

    I'm not sure we are talking about the same man. The Jack Stonier, whose details are listed by Terry, served with 41 Squadron from July 1942 to April 1943, when he was sent on emabarkation leave. Admittedly, I don't have (but would like to find!) his postings for 1943-1955, but being sent on embarkation leave does not suggest a posting to Scampton. Moreover, 610635/53631 Jack Stonier does not appear to have had a middle name, and he was born in Wigan on 20 November 1920, not in 1924.

    Happy to be corrected, though, if you have any further information. Can his wife confirm a 41 Squadron connection? If so, I can provide some further information.

    Regards
    Steve
    41 (F) Squadron RAF at War and Peace, April 1916-March 1946
    http://brew.clients.ch/41sqnraf.htm

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    Adrian,

    57 and 617 squadrons were based at Scampton until August 1943 when they moved out to allow the concrete runways to be created. Accoding to Patrick Otter's book 'no more operations were flown from Scampton until 20th October 1944, by which time it had passed into the control of 1 Group and become the home of 153 Squadron. In the interim the airfield was used by a series of training schools and, once the runways were usable, by 1690 Bomber Defence Training Flight.'

    Do you know J B stoniers first name? There is a James B Stonier born Q1 1924 regd in Wigan and a John B in Q2 1924 in Bromsgrove.
    James Barton Stonier b 31/1/1924 was regd as died in Feb 2001 aged 77 in the district of Wigan and Leigh.

    Hope this adds to the information available to enable your man to be traced.

    Regards
    Martyn

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    Hi Adrian

    Here's another clue. As Terry mentioned, 'my' Jack Stonier was awarded the AFC in June 1945. He is listed in Hugh's awards thread (http://www.rafcommands.com/forum/showthread.php?t=750), which indicates he was with 1565 Met. Flight at the time. The recommendation for the AFC states that he joined this unit in October 1944, and was based at Nicosia, Cyprus. Whilst this still leaves a gap of April 1943-October 1944, was 'your' Flt. Lt J. B. Stonier awarded the AFC?

    Regards
    Steve
    41 (F) Squadron RAF at War and Peace, April 1916-March 1946
    http://brew.clients.ch/41sqnraf.htm

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