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Name: Stanley "Stan" Stanger
Military Cross (MC)
Distinguished Flying Cross (DFC)
Stanley Stanger
Country: Canada
Rank: Captain
Service: Royal Flying Corps
Royal Air Force
Units: 28, 66
Victories: 13
Born: 10 July 1894
Place of Birth: Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Died: 10 September 1967
Place of Death: Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Cemetery: Hillside Cemetery, Richford, Vermont, USA
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.
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.
Date Time Unit Aircraft Opponent Location
1 14 Dec 1917 1015 66 Sopwith Camel (B6326) Albatros D.V (OOC) Ormelle
2 18 Mar 1918 1550 66 Sopwith Camel (B2497) Berg D.I (DES) Cimadolmo
3 17 Apr 1918 1100 66 Sopwith Camel (B7358) Albatros D.V (DESF) Vittorio
4 02 May 1918 1035 28 Sopwith Camel (B6413) C (DES) Valdobbiadene
5 03 May 1918 1040 28 Sopwith Camel (B6413) C (DESF) Conegliano
6 13 May 1918 0845 28 Sopwith Camel (B6413) C (DES) E of Quero, into Piave
7 23 May 1918 0725 28 Sopwith Camel (B6413) Albatros D.V (DES) 2 km W of Grigno
8 03 Jun 1918 1500 28 Sopwith Camel (D8103) Berg D.I (DES) SW of Motta aerodrome
9 27 Jul 1918 0925 28 Sopwith Camel (D8103) Albatros D.V (DES) Grigno
10 28 Jul 1918 0825 28 Sopwith Camel (B8103) C (DESF) E of Segasino
11 26 Sep 1918 1100 28 Sopwith Camel (D1581) Albatros D.V (DES) 1 10 km SW of Belluna
12 04 Oct 1918 1345 28 Sopwith Camel (D8241) Albatros D.V (DES) Tagliamento River
13 04 Oct 1918 1345 28 Sopwith Camel (D8241) Albatros D.V (DES) Tagliamento River

1 Shared with Capt Clifford McEwen
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