Born: 26th March 1917, Rolls Cottage, Northwood Road, Cowles, Isle of Wight.
Died: 27th August 1942; age: 23; at Rheine, Steinfurt, Germany.
Mentioned in Despatches – Flight Sergeant – 14th March 1941.
Missions flown with 156 Squadron:
8th July 1942 – Wilhelmshaven
6th August 1942 – Duisberg
9th August 1942 – Osnabruck
11th August 1942 – Mainz
27th August 1942 – Kassel.
Rank: Pilot Officer/Wireless Operator/Air Gunner; Service Number 49988.
Regiment: Royal Air Force, 156 Squadron.
Photograph courtesy of Gerald
The crew’s bodies were exhumed after the war by a war-grave investigation team to identify them and then were then re-buried in a joint grave in Reichswald Forest War Cemetery.
Collective Grave 24.C.12 – 18.
Relatives Notified & Address: Son of Leonard William & Daisy Stone; husband of Mary Mather Stone, of Newtownards, County Down, Ireland.
Father: Leonard William Stone, born 1886, Eyke, Suffolk – Royal Engineer.
Mother: Daisy Dorothy Stone (nee Saint), born January 1897, Piddletrenthide, Dorest.
Gerald is also remembered on the war memorial at Rushmere St. Andrew, Suffolk and at Newtownards, County Down, Ireland.
Young Gerald with his father Leonard and paternal uncle Stanley Stone. Photograph courtesy of Ruth.