ROBERTS Stanley Russell 427225

LEST WE FORGET

Flying Officer Stanley Russell ROBERTS

Service No: 427225
Born: Donnybrook WA, 21 April 1924
Enlisted in the RAAF: 25 May 1942
Unit: No. 5 Operational Training Unit, RAAF Williamtown, NSW
Died: Aircraft Accident (No. 5 Operational Training Unit DAP Beaufighter A8-93), near Parkes NSW, 24 June 1945, Aged 21 Years
Buried: Parkes General Cemetery, NSW
CWGC Additional Information: Son of William Alexander and Cecil May Roberts, of North Cottesloe, Western Australia.
Roll of Honour: Unknown
Remembered: Panel 112, Commemorative Area, Australian War Memorial, Canberra ACT
Remembered: Cenotaph Undercroft, State War Memorial, Kings Park WA

On 24 June 1945 Department of Aircraft Production (DAP) Beaufighter aircraft A8-71 and A8-93 had a mid-air collision and crashed 5 kms south east of Parkes NSW, killing all four crew members.

The crew members of A8-71 were:

Sergeant Victor Morwick Fry (449074) (Navigator)
Warrant Officer Morris Pearce Watson (29256) (Pilot)

The crew members of A8-93 were:

Flight Sergeant Daniel Lorraine (430916) (Navigator)
Flying Officer Stanley Russell Roberts (427225) (Pilot)

References:

Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour On-Line Records
Commonwealth War Graves Commission On-Line Records
Department of Veteran’s Affairs On-Line WWII Nominal Roll
National Archives of Australia On-Line Record A9845, 54

Bibliography:

Parnell, N.M. (Neville M.) Whispering Death: A history of the RAAF’s Beaufighter Squadrons, AH & AW Reed Terry Hills NSW, 1980
Wilson, S. (Stewart) Beaufort, Beaufighter and Mosquito in Australian Service, Aerospace Publications Weston Creek ACT 2611, 1990