The son of James T. and Mary Robina (Paterson) Stanger, Stanley Stanger was wounded by anti-aircraft fire on 23 August 1918. He returned to duty a month later. and during October of that year, he inadvertently landed at an Austro-Hungarian aerodrome. When he realized his mistake, he used his boots as wheel chocks, swung the prop and took off before he could be captured.
Military Cross (MC)
Lt. (T./Capt.) Stanley Stanger, R.A.F.
For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty in destroying six enemy aeroplanes. He did splendid service.
Supplement to the London Gazette, 16 September 1918 (30901/11018)
Distinguished Flying Cross (DFC)
Lieut. (A./Capt.) Stanley Stanger, M.C. (ITALY)
A dashing and determined leader who has frequently engaged enemy formations in superior numbers, inflicting heavy casualties. On 4th October he, in company with another machine, engaged six enemy aeroplanes; three of these were destroyed, Captain Stanger accounting for two. In all he has destroyed five enemy machines, displaying on all occasions great courage and skill.
Supplement to the London Gazette, 3 December 1918 (31046/14325)