Photograph courtesy of Gerald
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.
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 attended Ipswich School.
Young Gerald with his father Leonard and paternal uncle Stanley Stone. Photograph courtesy of Ruth.