The Airmen's Stories - Sgt. S Walker
Stanley Walker, of Hartlepool, County Durham, joined the RAFVR about June 1939 as an Airman u/t Aircrew. Called up on 1st September 1939, he completed his training and joined 236 Squadron as a WOp/AG in early August 1940. He flew fourteen operational sorties during the Battle. By 1942 he was serving with 407 (RCAF) Squadron.
Between 11th and 13th February 1942 the German Navy took advantage of very poor weather and the jamming of British coastal radar to force a passage through the English Channel for their battleships Scharnhorst and Gneisenau and the cruiser Prinz Eugen. Apart from their own armament the capital ships were protected by 6 destroyers, 40 flak ships and more than 200 fighter aircraft.
All available RAF and RN forces, including obsolete aircraft, were sent against this force once it had been detected. The name 'Operation Fuller' was allocated.
Walker was killed whilst flying in Hudson V AM712 which was lost whilst attacking escort vessels.
Also lost were:
S/Ldr. WA Anderson DFC RCAF
F/Sgt. NF Jordan
Sgt. HV Spicer RCAF
Sgt. AF Muris.
Walker is remembered on the Runnymede Memorial, panel 76.
Above image courtesy of Dean Sumner