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The Airmen's Stories - P/O R W Stokes


Richard William Stokes, of Acton, London was born in July 1920 and joined the RAF on a short service commission in February 1939. He was posted to the newly-reformed 264 Squadron at Sutton Bridge on November 6th 1939 and served with it throughout the Battle of Britain.

He was posted away on November 15th 1940.


(Above: Stokes is seated far right)

In 1942 Stokes was a flying instructor at 23 SFTS, Southern Rhodesia. He was killed on May 29th, aged 21.

On a night takeoff from Heany his Oxford II, AR876, collided with BG361.

Sgt. JK Wray, in BG361, was also killed.

Stokes is buried in Bulawayo Cemetery, Zimbabwe.

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