755357 Sergeant Stanley John HOLT, 99 Sqdn. Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve: 30/04/1941

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  1. CL1

    CL1 116th LAA and 92nd (Loyals) LAA,Royal Artillery Patron

    Remembering Today

    Casualty
    Sergeant HOLT, STANLEY JOHN
    Service Number 755357
    Died 30/04/1941
    Aged 20
    99 Sqdn., Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve
    Son of Arthur and Ada Mary Lester Holt, of Stafford.
    Commemorated at RUNNYMEDE MEMORIAL
    Location: Surrey, United Kingdom
    Number of casualties: 20285
    Cemetery/memorial reference: Panel 45.

    Panel from my photo collection.
     

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  2. Peter Clare

    Peter Clare Very Senior Member

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  3. harkness

    harkness Well-Known Member

    1939 REGISTER TRANSCRIPTION
    84 Harrowby Street, Stafford M.B., Staffordshire
    NAME DOB OCCUPATION
    Arthur Holt 29 Aug 1879 Waterworks Stoker-Heavy Wo
    Ada M L Holt 22 Nov 1885 Unp Dom Duties
    Phillip Holt 29 Jun 1919 Railway Engine Cleaner Passed Railway Engine Fireman
    Sorry, this record is officially closed.
    Sorry, this record is officially closed.
    Sorry, this record is officially closed.
    Clive W Holt 24 Oct 1927 At School
     
  4. Peter Clare

    Peter Clare Very Senior Member

    Sergeant HOLT, STANLEY JOHN
    Service Number 755357

    Died 30/04/1941

    Aged 20

    99 Sqdn.
    Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve


    Details of the above loss....

    29-30 April 1941

    99 Squadron
    Wellington IC T2721
    Op. Mannheim

    Took off from Waterbeach at 2111 hours. Last heard on w/t at 0314 hours calling for help and it is believed the bomber was attacked at this time by a Ju 88c intruder flown by OfW. Hermann Sommer, I./NJG2 off the east coast. All are commemorated on the Runnymede Memorial.

    Crew.

    Sgt. F. Hewitson +
    Sgt. N O.Bennett +
    Sgt. E C. Stevens +
    Sgt. S J. Holt +
    Sgt. W P. James +
    Sgt. R R. Thomas RNZAF +

    Source - RAF Bomber Command Losses Vol.2 - W R. Chorley
     
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  5. Andy Holt

    Andy Holt New Member

    Stan was my uncle. stan.jpg
     
  6. Andy Holt

    Andy Holt New Member

    Stan was the wireless operator / front gunner.

    Having done a bit of research I feel there is some doubt regarding the possible encounter with Hermann Sommer's night fighter. The german records show Sommer claimed 4 kills that night, 3 over Tollerton and Hucknall in Notts between 12:15 and 12:50 and a final report over Bircham Newton at 01:30. From what I can deduce the range of the JU88 night fighter would have given him 4 hours flying time and assuming his base was Gilze-Rijen he would have had to have returned there by 3am to avoid running out of fuel. The final distress call from the Wellington was received at 3:14am from somewhere over the North sea. Given that the german's flight path from Bircham Newton to Gilze-Rijen would have been a lot further north than the flight path between Mannheim and Waterbeach (that the Wellington should have been on), it seems doubtful whether the two planes would have come into contact.

    That the Wellington went down in the north sea with all crew lost is undoubted, but what bought the plane down is I believe unanswerable.
     
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