Zadorozny, Stanley Ernest

Personal Information

Rank P/O
Forename(s) Stanley Ernest
Surname Zadorozny
Gender M
Age 21
Date of Death 18-12-1944
Next of Kin Son of Nellie Zadorozny. Taken into care as a baby and eventually fostered by George and Maud Jessen who lived on a farm in Sanford, Manitoba and they became his guardians.

Aircraft Information

Aircraft Handley Page Halifax VII
Serial Number NP699
Markings QO-O

Memorial Information

Burial/Memorial Country France
Burial/Memorial Place Choloy War Cemetery & Runnymede Memorial
Grave Reference 4. D. 10.

IBCC Memorial Information

Phase 2
Panel Number 270

Enlistment Information

Service Number J/95483
Service Royal Canadian Air Force
Group 6
Squadron 432 (Leaside)
Trade Air Gunner
Country of Origin Canada

Other Memorials

Location Zadorozny Lake, Manitoba; 40km SW of Munroe Lake
Country Canada
Memorial Type Lake
Memorial Text
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Location Village Centre, Sutton on the Forest, North Yorkshire
Country United Kingdom
Memorial Type Inscribed Stone & Metal Sun Dial
Memorial Text A memorial to all those who served at RAF East Moor and in particular 415 Sqn RCAF
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Miscellaneous Information

The diversity of grave locations of this crew suggests they were recovered by an American graves investigation unit after the ending of hostilities
Stanley was born on 14 December 1923 in Winnipeg, Manitoba to Nellie Zadorozny. He was taken into care as a baby and eventually fostered by George and Maud Jessen who lived on a farm in Sanford, and they became his guardians. He attended Sanford Public School 1931-1940 (Grade 1) and then Sanford High 1940 - 1943 (Grade XII). Stanley played hockey, soccer, baseball and curling and he enjoyed mechanics as a hobby. He worked on his foster parents’ farm undertaking various tasks from 1934 until enlisting, on 20 January 1943.
Embarking for the U.K. after his early training, he arrived at 3 RCAF PRC on 15 March 1944 followed by 22 OTU 4 April 1944, 61 Base 21 June 1944 and 423 Squadron on 30 July 1944. It was from here on 18 December 1944 a few days after his 21st birthday, that Stanley sadly lost his life.

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Last Operation Information

Start Date 17-12-1944
End Date 18-12-1944
Takeoff Station East Moor
Day/Night Raid Night (7% moon)
Operation Duisburg. 523 aircraft, 8 Halifaxes lost (1.5%). A successful raid. 346 houses destroyed and 524 badly damaged.
Reason for Loss Collided with Halifax LV818. Six crew members died in the crash, one survived. The entire crew of eight on board Halifax LV818 also perished.

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