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Stanley Thomas Meares

Military

Flight Lt Meares, No 611 Squadron, was awarded the DFC in July 1941 in recognition of his gallantry. The London Gazette records that he carried out 28 operations over enemy territory, during which he destroyed two Messerschmitt 109Fs and damaged two Messerschmitt 109s.
Commanded 71 (Eagle) Squadron RAF.
Whilst flying Spitfire W3963 in collision with another Spitfire [W3527] [P/O Ross O Scarborough] both A/C crashed and both pilots were killed in the accident. A/C crashed 1 mile S of Standon, Hertfordshire 15-11-41.

Service

People

  • Ross Scarborough

    Military | Pilot Officer | Pilot
    US citizen born in Hidalgo County, New Mexico., Ross Scarborough joined the RAFVR in 1941[RAF No. 65976], before being assigned to Squadron 133, the third "Eagle" Squadron. In September 1941 he was transferred to Squadron 71 "Eagle". ...

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Units served with

  • No 71 'Eagle' Squadron

    No 71 'Eagle' Squadron

    Squadron
    'On 19 September 1940, No. 71 was reformed at Church Fenton as the first 'Eagle' Squadron to be manned by American personnel. The Squadron received Hurricanes in November and became operational on defensive duties on 5 February 1941. No. 71 converted...

Aircraft

  • W3627

    Spitfire
    Supermarine Spitfire W3627 Mk Vb, Const #1954, Built at Chattis Hill. ...

  • W3963

    Spitfire
    Supermarine Spitfire W3963 Mk Vb, Const # 2169 Built at High Post, Salisbury. FF 6-10-41, delivered to No 38 MU 14-10-41, assigned to 71S 22-10-41, Collided with W3627 on training flight FA Cat E both pilots KIFA. 16-11-41

Associated Place

  • Debden

    Military site : airfield
    RAF Debden, construction of which began in 1935, is perhaps most famous as a Battle of Britain fighter airfield, partly responsible for the defence of London in 1940. In 1942 it was also home to three RAF 'Eagle Squadrons’ of volunteer American pilots...

  • Kirton-in-Lindsey

    Military site : airfield
    Used as an RFC and RAF Home Defence landing ground during the First World War, Kirton-in-Lindsey was built during 1938-40 as an RAF fighter station. It had two grass runways, 10 hardstandings, three grouped C hangars and four over-blister hangars....

Events

Event Location Date
Born Ash Vale, Surrey, UK 1916

Born 1916, youngest son of Douglas Hadley Meares and Minnie Meares of The Rowans in Vale Road, Ash Vale.

Married 1941

Married Estevana Elizabeth Harcourt-Vernon in 1941.

Died Standon, Ware, Hertfordshire SG11, UK 15 November 1941

Whilst flying Spitfire W3963 in collision with another Spitfire [W3527] [P/O Ross O Scarborough] both A/C crashed and both pilots were killed in the accident. A/C crashed 1 mile S of Standon, Hertfordshire 15-11-41.

Buried

Buried in Brookwood Military Cemetery.

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
26 February 2016 13:00:03 Al_Skiff Changes to unit associations
Sources

EAGLES of the RAF - The World War II Eagle Squadrons by Phillip D Caine.
http://homepage.ntlworld.com/sally.jenkinson/ashmuseum/meares.htm

Date Contributor Update
16 October 2015 12:45:18 Al_Skiff Changes to person associations and aircraft associations
Sources

EAGLES of the RAF - The World War II Eagle Squadrons by Phillip D Caine.
http://homepage.ntlworld.com/sally.jenkinson/ashmuseum/meares.htm

Date Contributor Update
16 October 2015 12:10:41 Al_Skiff Created entry with surname, middlename, firstname, nationality, service number, highest rank, role, biography, events, unit associations and place associations
Sources

EAGLES of the RAF - The World War II Eagle Squadrons by Phillip D Caine.
http://homepage.ntlworld.com/sally.jenkinson/ashmuseum/meares.htm

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