Flying Officer Stanley Allan MOREY DFC

Service No: 401074
Born: Brighton VIC, 26 September 1919
Enlisted in the RAAF: 8 December 1940
Unit: No. 103 Squadron (RAF), RAF Station Elsham Wolds
Awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross (DFC)
Died: Air Operations: (No. 103 Squadron Lancaster aircraft DV221), Germany, 27 September 1943, Aged 24 Years
Buried: Hanover War Cemetery, Niedersachsen, Germany
CWGC Additional Information: Son of Harry Wilfred and Elizabeth Morey, of Bentleigh, Victoria, Australia
Roll of Honour: Bentleigh VIC
Remembered: Panel 127, Commemorative Area, Australian War Memorial, Canberra ACT

DFC Citation: Flying Officer Morey has completed numerous sorties over enemy territory as navigator. He has participated in attacks on most of the distant and heavily defended targets in Germany and Italy. On one occasion, after an attack on Bremen, his aircraft was badly damaged in an encounter with a night fighter. Flying Officer Morey’s cool determination and skill thus enabled the Captain to fly the aircraft safely back to base. In January 1943, he again showed outstanding coolness and efficiency in extricating the aircraft from a dangerous situation over Essen. Flying Officer Morey has invariably displayed high courage and devotion to duty. (London Gazette 17 August 1943 page 3683)

Lancaster DV221 took off from RAF Elsham Wolds at 1934 hours on the night of 27 September 1943, detailed to bomb Hanover, Germany. Nothing was heard from the aircraft after take off and it failed to return to base. The aircraft crashed near the village of Mahlerten, 11kms west of Hildesheim, Germany and all the crew members were killed.

The crew members of DV221 were:

Flight Sergeant John Edward Griffiths Aston DFM (1127674) (RAFVR) (Flight Engineer)
Sergeant Alan Davidson (1355496) (RAFVR) (Rear Gunner)
Flying Officer Ronald Norman Faulkner (136885) (RAFVR) (Air Bomber)
Pilot Officer Arthur Harrison DFM (J/18007) (RCAF) (Mid Upper Gunner)
Squadron Leader John Herbert Kennard DFC (40715) (RAF) (Pilot)
Flying Officer Thomas Coulton Latham DFM (51721) (RAF) (Wireless Air Gunner)
Flying Officer Stanley Allan Morey DFC (401074) (Navigator)


Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour On-Line Records (RAAF Casualty Information compiled by Alan Storr (409804))
Commonwealth War Graves Commission On-Line Records
Department of Veterans’ Affairs On-Line WWII Nominal Roll
National Archives of Australia On-Line Record A705, 166/28/153


Charlwood, D.E.C. (Donald Ernest Cameron) (408794) No Moon Tonight (Angus and Robertson 1956), Penguin Ringwood VIC, 3134, 1991

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