Laid to rest at the Field of Honour


Born: 1922.

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.


Grave Reference:


Ipswich Old Cemetery,



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.



Thomas Fraser Munro; Sergeant/Pilot; age 31; 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.



The aircraft crash is recorded and the crew members remembered on a brass memorial inside St. Mary’s Church, Chediston, Suffolk.


  • Crash 11 OTU (10.09.1942)
    Wellington IC DV930 crashed Chediston, Halesworth
    Sgt TF Munro RNZAF Pilot buried Ipswich Old C div 31 Grave 35
    Sgt JF Stanley RNZAF Navigator buried Ipswich Old C div 31 Grave 34
    Sgt AS Renwick RAFVR Air Bomber buried Camelon Cemetery Falkirk Sterlingshire
    Sgt RW Freeman RAFVR Air Gunner buried Englefield Green Cemetery Egham Surrey
    Sgt KH Vigers RAFVR Wireless Opp/Air Gunner buried Little Stukeley St Martin Churchyard near Alconbury

    Sgt AS Renwick death is dated 11.09.1942 (CWGC)


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