Wills, Stanley Donald (No. 400746)

Wills, Stanley Donald

Flight Sergeant (Pilot)

No. 400746, 153 Squadron RAF, Royal Australian Air Force

Killed in an aircraft accident on Tuesday 26 May 1942 (aged 20)

Buried:

Ballyhalbert (St. Andrew’s) Church of Ireland Churchyard, Ballyeasborough, Co. Down (Grave 4)

Commemorated:

Commonwealth War Graves Commission

Australian War Memorial (Panel 132)

Ballyhalbert (St. Andrew’s) Church of Ireland Church, Ballyeasborough

BIOGRAPHY

Flight Sergeant Stanley Donald Wills (No. 400746) who served with the Royal Australian Air Force during the Second World War was a son of Korah Stanley Wills and Helen Pearson Wills of East St. Kilda, Victoria, Australia.  He was born on 21 March 1922 in Armadale, Victoria and was a son of Korah Stanley Wills and Helen Pearson Wills (nee Lamb).  In 1934 Helen Pearson Wills (nee Lamb) married Norman James Biggs.

Flight Sergeant Stanley Donald Wills was killed when his Bristol Beaufighter aircraft (X7573) crashed in the townland of Moneyneagh near Loughguile in County Antrim on 26 May 1942 during a training flight.  All three crew members on board were killed.

Also on board were Sergeant Observer William Richard Willis (aged 22), Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve, who was buried in Ballycranbeg (Mount St. Joseph) Roman Catholic Churchyard, Co. Down and Sergeant Observer Gordon Charles Edwards (aged 25) who was buried in Harbledown (St. Michael’s) Churchyard, Kent.

Flight Sergeant Stanley Donald Wills (No. 400746) was buried in Ballyhalbert (St. Andrew’s) Church of Ireland Churchyard and there is an inscription on his CWGC headstone:

HIS DUTY NOBLY DONE

WE WILL REMEMBER HIM

Flight Sergeant Stanley Donald Wills is commemorated on the Australian War Memorial (Panel 132) and in Ballyhalbert (St. Andrew’s) Church of Ireland Church, Ballyeasborough (as S.D. Willis).