View Full Version : Cpl Stanley Stewart Pyke, 250 MRU and 307 AMES in Singapore

Stan Pyke
7th December 2008, 11:02
Hi all,

My father, Cpl Stanley Stewart Pyke, served with 250 MRU then 307 AMES in Singapore from 6th Jan 1941. He was killed off Pompong Island when the Tien Kwang and the Kuala were bombed. I know from the reports and the communications my mother got that he was not taken prisoner and he was suspected drowned. My mother can't remember very much, at 93 her memory is not so good these days, and she didn't get much information back them anyway.

Does anyone have any information on 250 MRU or 307 AMES in Singapore prior to the surrender on 15th Feb 1942, or knows of the whereabouts of any survivers from 250 MRU or 307 AMES. I would dearly love to talk to anyone who knew my father, just to find out something about him.

I am trying to make up for lost time especially now there is a lot more info around on the net and available thru the various archives and get as much information about him as I can. I never new him being only 6 month old when he was killed all I have are photos, his service records and what my mother can tell me but not much else. His service records answered a lot of questions but then generated some new ones. I am going to Pompong Island for the 14th Feb next year to pay my respects to him and all the others who died there.

Any information, before it is too late, would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks to all for any help you can give,

Stan Pyke

7th December 2008, 11:51

You may be interested to read the story on following link: http://www.bbc.co.uk/ww2peopleswar/stories/62/a3146762.shtml

It also tells about 250 MRU in Singapore from the days it came from England.

You can easily get the other pages by clicking on "Archive List > Books > Eight years etc" on top of the story.


Stan Pyke
7th December 2008, 21:35
Thanks for the info, yes I have read all the parts of that story. Anyone know anything about Dr Thomas Carter?

It's mainly the details of 307 AMES as that was his last reported unit. Towards the end I expect they were fairly intermixed as everyone was being brought back into Singapore.



Stan Pyke
26th December 2008, 17:54
Hi all,

I hope you had a good Christmas, and are looking forward to the New Year.

Firstly to answer my last question, I have found and spoken to Dr T C Carter, and am now awaiting some more details from him.

Now my next request for information. Can anyone give me details on 8 FTS at Montrose and the site at St Cyrus during the war. Perhaps Ian Brown our resident radar expert might know about them. My father was there when he met my mother in 1940.



Ian Brown
29th December 2008, 07:13

Sorry it's taken so long to respond, but time is rather at a premium for me at present.

I do have quite a bit of information relating to St Cyrus, although not a huge amount from 1940. Detailed records, or at least those that have survived, did not really start until 1941, but I'm happy to help if I can. I'm not sure exactly what you want to know, but I can tell you that St Cyrus was a Chain Home Low station operating from February 1940 onwards. I'm happy to discuss this further, but perhaps it would be easier to do this directly - my email is ibrownATradararchive.freeserve.co.uk - just change AT to @.

As regards 8 FTS at Montrose, have you approached the Montrose Air Station Heritage Trust? There is an aviation museum on the wartime aerodrome and those guys know more about the history of the site than anyone else. Their website is www.rafmontrose.org.uk and I'm sure they would be glad to help.


Stan Pyke
29th December 2008, 12:47
Hi Ian,

Thanks for the reply, I have sent you an email this morning.