Born: 21st September 1912, Ipswich.

Died: 6th November 1942; age: 29; aircraft failed to return.

Residence: 4, Linksfield Road, Ipswich.

Occupation: Commercial Traveller – Printing.


Rank: Sergeant; Service Number: 1201246.

Regiment: Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve, 55 Squadron.


Memorial Reference:

Column 261.

Alamein Memorial,

El Alamein,



Relatives Notified & Address: Husband of Alice Howe, of Ipswich.


Father: Harry Walter Howe, born 1878, Bradfield, Suffolk.

Mother: Susannah Elizabeth Howe (nee Briggs), born August 1879, Ipswich – died 1942, Ipswich.

Family home – 9, Robeck Road, Ipswich.



Stanley was a Commercial Traveller – Printing & and Auxiliary Fire Service – Ipswich

Borough Council. He was living at the home of Walter Crawford, a Road Tank Driver –

Petrol Distributor and his family at their home – 83, Camden Road, Ipswich.


In 1939, Ipswich, Stanley married Alice Maude Burch, born December 1913, Ipswich, of 79, Tomline Road, Ipswich, an Order Clerk.


Probate to Alice Maude Howe – widow.


Stanley is also remembered on the war memorial at Rushmere St. Andrew, Suffolk.


6th November 1942


Aircraft: Martin Baltimore MkIII twin engine bomber; serial number: AG898, squadron letter T. No 55 Squadron was operating from various remote landing strips in northern Egypt close to the Libyan border. On the 6th November 1942, AG898 was one of three Baltimores which took off at 14:05hrs, to attack vehicles on a road to the west of Mersa Matruh. The three aircraft split up to make individual attacks and AG898 was not heard from again. It is believed to have been shot down by flak. All four members of the crew were killed.


‘Bob’ Robert Campbell Payne; Pilot Officer; age 21; R.A.C.F.

Thomas Sanderson; Flight Sergeant; age 24; R.A.F.V.R.

Geoffrey Sparrow; Sergeant; age 22; R.A.F.V.R.


Aircraft information courtesy of John Allan.

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