Squadron Leader (Pilot) Royal Air Force|
Died 15 November 1941 aged 25
Buried in Brookwood Military Cemetery (24.A.20) where his grave is inscribed “Commanded the 71st (Eagle) Squadron”
Remembered on the Memorial to the Men of Ash Vale in St Mary’s Church
Stanley Meares was the youngest son of Douglas Hadley Meares and Minnie Meares of The Rowans in Vale Road, Ash Vale.
Flight Lieutenant Meares, 37683 No 611 Squadron, was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross in July 1941 in recognition of his gallantry. The London Gazette records that he carried out 28 operations over enemy territory, during which he destroyed two Messerschmitt 109Fs and damaged two Messerschmitt 109s.
Stanley married Estevana Elizabeth Harcourt-Vernon in 1941, recorded as “Dimpy” in Andrews Newspaper Index Cards.