Daily Archives: January 4, 2015

Stanley Graham Winston 1921 – 2014

Thanks to Kevin for passing on the sad information, that Stanley Graham Wilson, D.F.C. passed away on the 29th of October last year at the splendid age of 93. Stanley was Wireless Operator with Ernest Abraham’s crew between February and May 1945.

Whilst the database is not yet complete for 1945,  looking at Ops flown be Ernie Abraham, I would suggest that this was probably Stanley’s 2nd tour, completing approximately 20 Ops. Awarded a Distinguished Flying Cross on the 26th of October 1945, his citation reads very much like my own Fathers:

“This officer has completed numerous operations against the enemy, in the course of which he has invariably displayed the utmost fortitude, courage and devotion to duty.”

Ake Ake Kia Kaha

Project ORB – May 1940

My continuing thanks to Brian for his sterling single handed efforts with Operational Record Book for 1940 – May 1940 has now been added to the ‘Squadron Records’ section of the blog.

Included in Brian’s email were a couple of ‘transcribers notes’ of interest:

“May 17th. Weather report – Cloud section has the only examples I have seen in the ORBs were the ampersand is used instead of “at”.”

“May 21st. Formation of new flight. It would seem that although the New Zealand flight took over the 75 number plate in April 1940 it still operated as a flight until this date when it split into “A” and “B” flights and officially became a Squadron. Presumably following an expansion in the number of aircraft and personnel.”

View May 1940 here.