Stanley, Henry Walter (No. 1330743)

Stanley, Henry Walter (Henry)

Sergeant (Pilot)

No. 1330743, 501 Squadron, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve

Killed in an aircraft accident on Wednesday 17 February 1943 (aged 20)

Buried:

Ightham (St. Peter) Churchyard, Kent

Commemorated:

Commonwealth War Graves Commission

Ightham War Memorial

Ightham (St. Peter’s) Church

BIOGRAPHY

Henry Walter Stanley’s birth was registered in the first quarter of 1923 in Malling, Kent and he was a son of Henry Leslie Stanley and Margaret Stanley (nee Terry) of Ightham, Kent.  His parents’ marriage was registered in the first quarter of 1914 and the birth of his sister, Vera D. Stanley, was registered in the first quarter of 1921, both also in Malling, Kent.  His father, Henry Leslie Stanley, was a blacksmith and his grandparents, Gordon and Keturah Stanley, owned an ironmongery shop in Ightham.

During the Second World War Henry Walter Stanley served with the Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve and on 17 February 1943 a Supermarine Spitfire aircraft (AB960) of 501 Squadron Royal Air Force based at RAF Ballyhalbert flew into Slieve Croob near Dromara, Co. Down during a night flying exercise.  The pilot, Sergeant Henry Walter Stanley (No. 1330743), was killed and his death was registered in Downpatrick.  He was 20 and single when he died and was buried in Ightham (St. Peter) Churchyard, Kent.

Sergeant (Pilot) Henry Walter Stanley (No. 1330743) is commemorated on Ightham War Memorial and in Ightham (St. Peter’s) Church.