Sergeant Stanley Darbyshire RAFVR

Crew Sergeant Stanley Darbyshire
Service Number 143081 RAFVR
Awards
Awarded
Citation
Squadrons No.623 Squadron – No.199 Squadron  – No.190 Squadron
   
Known Movements No.1657 Con.Unit -14.11.1943 (37.55hrs training Hrs)
  No.623 Squadron-14.11.1943
  No.199 Squadron -06.12.1943
  No.190 Squadron -02.03.1944
  ACRB RAF Eastchurch
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No.623 Squadron RAF Downham Market

25.11.1943
Pilot
Mining (Scollops)
EF204 IC-E

Reported a good and successful trip.  Mines planted duty carried out.

No.199 Squadron RAF Lakenheath (Short Stirling Mk.III)

20.12.1943
Pilot
Mining (Frisians)
LK397 EX-P

Operation abandoned, uncertain of position.  Weather good with good visibility of Terschelling outline of island visible. Mines brought back.

22.12.1943
Pilot
Abbeville
EF153 EX-Q

5/10th cloud over target. Target identified by red TI’s.  Target attacked at 22:32hrs from 15000ft. Red TI’s in circle on ground in bombsight. Several fires seen but no fires.

29.12.1943
Pilot
Mining ( SW Coast of France)
EE995 EX-L

Sortie abandoned at  20:17hrs at 3000ft 5/10th cloud and ground haze. All mines brought back otherwise a good trip.

06.01.1944
Pilot
Mining ( SW Coast of France)
EF505 EX-R

Mines released at 21:45hrs at 5000ft. No cloud very clear.

21.01.1944
Pilot
Abbeville
EF138 EX-S

Collided with Stirling on reciprocal course 8 miles south of base at 9000ft at 19:28hrs. Both starboard motors damaged landed at Woodbridge at 20:549hrs. Weather clear at time of Collison. Jettisoned all bombs safe at Rushford.  Our nav lights were on at time of collison, other aircrafts were not*.

*Collided with Short Stirling Mk.III EH958 WP-Q flown by F/Sgt T Symmons & crew of No.90 Squadron.  The crew attempted to press onto target but the damaged was more extensive than originally thought.

27.01.1944
Pilot
Mining (Heligoland)
EF941 EX-U

Aircraft failed to maintain height. Airframe defective, engine overheating.  Mines dropped safe.

04.02.1944
Pilot
Special Operation
EE943 EX-V

Special Mission

08.02.1944
Pilot
Special Operation
EE943 EX-V

Special  Mission

11.02.1944
Pilot
Special Operation
EF141 EX-Z

Special Mission

13.02.1944
Pilot
Special Operation
EF459 EX-X

Special Mission

Notes#1

There is no posting out details of the crew, however research as established that the crew were posted to No.190 Squadron based at RAF Fairford. The squadron was part of No.38 Group  and had until December 1943 flown PBY Catalina flying boats with RAF Coastal Command. In January 1944 it reformed with Short Stirling Mk.IV and transferred to the S.O.E role.

 

No.190 Squadron RAF Fairford (Short Stirling Mk.IV)

06.05.1944
Pilot
SOE “PAUL 93”
LJ829

Duty Carried Out

05.06.1944 (D-Day)
Pilot
INVASION DUTIES
LJ823

Return with 18 parachutists could not recognise the DZ.

06.06.1944
Pilot
HORSA TOWING CAEN AREA
LJ823 -M

Duty Carried Out

18.06.1944
Pilot
SOE
LK431

S.O.E France, containers dropped.

11.07.1944
Pilot
SOE
LJ823

S.O.E France, could not identify the DZ, containers brought back.

 Notes #2

I have not managed to locate any further information on Flight Sergeant Derbyshire.  It is on record that he and his crew had their fair share of operational problems, of the 14 operational flights undertaken 5 were unsuccessful due to either  mechanical or navigational problems. The collision on January 21st would have unnerved most crews.  The reason for F/Sgt Darbyshire’s posting to ACRB is unknown at this time.   

The remainder of the crew continued operating on the pilots departure.