Flying Officer Stanley Charles YOUL

Service No: 401334
Born: Melbourne VIC, 7 July 1918
Enlisted in the RAAF: 1 February 1941
Unit: No. 450 Squadron
Died: Air Operations: (No. 450 Squadron Kittyhawk aircraft FX589), Pesario, Italy, 28 August 1944, Aged 26 Years
Buried: Gradara War Cemetery, Italy
CWGC Additional Information: Son of Charles Frederick and Ellen Elizabeth F. Youl, of Ormond, Victoria, Australia
Roll of Honour: Unknown
Remembered: Panel 105, Commemorative Area, Australian War Memorial, Canberra ACT

On 28August 1944, Kittyhawk FX589 flown by Flying Officer Youl was leading a formation of six aircraft detailed to bomb and mortar an enemy position at Pesario, Italy. The formation took off climbing to 7,000 feet to the target area. While carrying out a reconnaissance of the area, Flying Officer Youl called on the radio that he was having trouble with his aircraft and for Yellow 1 to take over as Leader. A report was later received from Polish troops that an aircraft had crash landed in their area and FX589 was identified. It was believed that Flying Officer Youl may have been wounded by anti-aircraft fire but he lost his life when the aircraft crashed.


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, 166/45/71

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