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Bomber Dave

Mystery of 7th February 1944 - Sergeant Stanley Harold SHORT

On the 7th February 1944 my Father-in-Laws brother, Stanley Harold Short, was flying with the 427 (R.C.A.F.) Squadron when he was killed in action.
Stan was a Sergeant (Flt.Engineer) with the Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve.
The 5 other crew members that were also killed on the flight were:
F/S Sgt AW Nicol - Pilot.
Sgt VR Polowy - BA
Sgt JD Robertson - AG
Sgt JW Vidal - AG
Sgt DW Howard - AG
I know that Stan is buried in North Sheen Cemetery in London and 4 of the Canadian Boys are buried alongside each other in Harrogate (Stonefall) Cemetery.
I would be eternally grateful for any information on how the plane was downed and any other information on the Halifax, ie code or if it was named, as we have found details of other crews from the Canadian Air Force and the 6th Group Bomber Command websites but no sites mention this particular crew.
It appears a mystery as to why this particular flight has no record!!
Many thanks for any guidance that will enable me to hopefully solve this.   

K for Kitty Crew


Hi Bomber Dave,

Details from Chorleys Bomber Command losses, volume 5, page 72, state .....

427 Squadron, Halifax 111,   LK758,  ZL-E,  Training.   7th of Feb, 44.

Turned steeply and crashed at 13:00 hrson eastern boundary of Leeming airfield, breaking into two sections and catching fire. The four Canadians are buried in Harrogate ( Stonefall ) Cemetery; the other crew being taken to their home towns.

Sgt. Short was a talented variety artist of the London stage and had recently produced a well received Christmas revue. 1Lt Shove USAAF, the crews regular navigator, did noy accompany the crew as this sortie was merely practice. Sadly, he loss his life in April on an operation to Essen.

The crew lists as such .........

F/S AW Nichol     RCAF    +
Sgt. SH Short                  +
Sgt. VR Polowy   RCAF    +
Sgt. JD Robertson           +
F/S JWH Vidal     RCAF     +
Sgt. DW Howard RCAF    +

Hope these details are of some help.


K for Kitty Crew


Bomber Dave,

From these details from the Commonwealth wargraves Commission.



Casualty Details

Initials:S H
Nationality:United Kingdom
Rank:Sergeant (Flt. Engr.)
Regiment/Service:Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve
Unit Text:427 (R.C.A.F.) Sqdn.
Date of Death:07/02/1944
Service No:1001749
Additional information:Son of Harold George Short, and of Alice Mary Short, of Fulham.
Casualty Type:Commonwealth War Dead
Grave/Memorial Reference:Sec. R.C. Grave 67.


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Hi John,

Thank you for your prompt reply and for managing to get hold of the info.
Much appreciated.

Kind regards.


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