Abrams, Stanley William

Personal Information

Rank F/S
Forename(s) Stanley William
Surname Abrams
Gender M
Age 19
Date of Death 24-08-1943
Next of Kin Son of Wesley John Abrams and Nellie Abrams (née Plumadore), of Cornwall, Ontario, Canada.

Aircraft Information

Aircraft Handley Page Halifax II
Serial Number JD465
Markings KN-U

Memorial Information

Burial/Memorial Country Germany
Burial/Memorial Place Berlin 1939-1945 War Cemetery
Grave Reference 1. H. 8.

IBCC Memorial Information

Phase 2
Panel Number 121

Enlistment Information

Service Number R/180521
Service Royal Canadian Air Force
Group 4
Squadron 77
Trade Air Gunner
Country of Origin Canada

Other Memorials

Location Holy Trinity Church, Elvington, North Yorkshire
Country United Kingdom
Memorial Type Stained Glass Window & Roll of Honour
Memorial Text Memorial windows and Roll of Honour for 77 Sqn. R.A.F.
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Location Yorkshire Air Museum, Elvington North Yorkshire
Country United Kingdom
Memorial Type Marble Column with Metal Sculpture and Plaques
Memorial Text Memorial to 77 Sqn. R.A.F. City of Lancaster's own
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Location Yorkshire Air Museum, Elvington, North Yorkshire
Country United Kingdom
Memorial Type Memorial Gardens, Propeller, Inscribed Marble Tablets
Memorial Text In everlasting homage to the courage of those who have found their winged victory through the skies of Yorkshire
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Location Yorkshire Air Museum, Elvington, North Yorkshire
Country United Kingdom
Memorial Type Propeller Unit & Inscribed Marble Tablets
Memorial Text They made the supreme sacrifice so that you & I may go in peace with freedom. 4 Group 1939 - 1945.
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Location Heslington Hall, York, North Yorkshire
Country United Kingdom
Memorial Type Inscribed Metal Plaque
Memorial Text Heslington Hall 1941 - 1945, 4 Gp Headquarters Bomber Command. In remembrance of those Air & Ground personnel who made the supreme sacrifice that we all may walk in peace with freedom
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Miscellaneous Information

Stanley was born on 6 April 1924, one of eleven children. He was born in Moulinette, Ontario, later moving to Cornwall, Ont. and had three brothers and seven sisters. His schooling was at Special School, in Moulinette between 1931 -1939 (Entrance). He worked as a Watchman 1939-1940 in Stormont, and had two summers experience firing boilers on the St Lawrence river freight boats. He then worked as a Drover in his father’s business.
Stanley enlisted on 13 July 1942 and after his initial training Embarked from Halifax for the U.K. on 25 January 1943. Arriving in England, he was at 3 PRC on 4 February 1943, 20 OTU on 2 March, 1658 CU on 24 May and finally 77 Squadron on 19 June 1943.

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Last Operation Information

Start Date 23-08-1943
End Date 24-08-1943
Takeoff Station Elvington
Day/Night Raid Night (37% moon)
Operation Berlin. 727 aircraft, 56 losses (7.9%)- the greatest loss in a single raid so far in the war. Sequential marking was used to keep the main force on course. A Master Bomber approach was also used (W/C J E [Johnny] Fauquier). PFF were unable to locate the centre of Berlin using H2S and instead marked the southern suburbs. The main force arrived late and many cut a corner, making their arrival point incorrect. As might be expected for Berlin, the flak and fighter defences were formidable. Nevertheless, this was the most serious raid on Berlin so far in the war. Much of the government district was badly damaged and 20 ships were also sunk. 854 people were killed, many of whom had failed to take refuge in air raid shelters.
Reason for Loss Crashed at Biessenthal, Germany

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