Laid to rest at the Field of Honour
Died: 10th/11th September 1942; age: 20; at Chediston, Suffolk.
Rank: Sergeant: Service Number: 41553.
Regiment: Royal New Zealand Air Force, 11 Operational Training Unit.
Relatives Notified & Address: Son of Thomas Armitage Stanley & of Florence Hilda Stanley (nee Lancaster), of Christchurch, Canterbury, New Zealand.
Father: Thomas Armitage Stanley, born 1885, Pleasant Point, Canterbury, New Zealand.
Mother: Florence Hilda Stanley (nee Lancaster), born 1887, Ohoka, Christchurch, New Zealand.
11th September 1942
Aircraft: Vickers Wellington IC; serial number: DV930; code: TX-D Bar; based at R.A.F. Bassingbourn, Cambridgeshire. The aircraft took off at 21:05hrs from a grass satellite dispersal airfield at Steeple Morden, near Royston, Hertfordshire, on a mission to Dusseldorf, Germany. On the return journey at 11:50hrs the Wellington crashed into the stack yard at Herne Hill Farm near the village of Chediston, Suffolk. Four of the crew were killed, Andrew Renwick although aided by the local villagers, Andrew died a few hours later.
Jack Foden Stanley; Sergeant/Navigator; age 20; R.N.Z.A.F.
Andrew Boott Renwick; Sergeant/Wireless Operator/Air Gunner; age 20; R.A.F.
Kenneth Hamilton Vigers; Sergeant/Wireless Operator/Air Gunner; age 24; R.A.F.
Robert Walter Freeman; Sergeant/Air Gunner; age 20; R.A.F.
Andrew Scot Renwick; age 20 died of his injuries the next day.
The aircraft crash is recorded and the crew members remembered on a brass memorial inside St. Mary’s Church, Chediston, Suffolk.