View Full Version : Goodbye Stan

08-11-2007, 05:32 PM

This is difficult to write about, but you people here will understand.

Stanley Black 1921-2007

It is with deep regret that I announce the passing of another great one; his name was Stanley Black, a Halifax navigator #77 Sqn throughout the war. He was a great individual with a keen sense of humor. He would talk openly when questioned about his past and always carried himself with dignity and humility.

His surviving family has all his war records, papers, photographs, medals and log book. The log book is an amazing read; every page is a historical document detailing the flight operations he took part in.

Regarding the Me110 attack, (see below), the rear gunner finished him off after four separate attempts to shoot down Stan's Halifax; the aircraft was very badly damaged from the Me110 including the navigation equipment, and the port engine was in flames. Stan said he looked up from his navigation position, saw the flames, put his head back down and got on with his job and never looked at the engine again! FL Hurlbut then gave the command for everyone to bail out, Stan calmly told him that neither himself, or the rest of the crew were leaving with out him, so the pilot put the Halifax into a steep dive in an attempt to extinguish the flames, this worked, thankfully, and the flames were eventually put out, the pilot needed assistance in recovering from the dive. (His feet were on the instrument panel) Stan then proceeded to plot an emergency diversion out of enemy territory, then onwards to an appropriate safe landing zone.

By now they were flying very low over the French countryside and a crash landing in a field was unavoidable, but lady luck still had a hand to play, the territory around Juvencourt had been deserted by the Germans less than two days prior and the pilot successfully managed to put the Halifax down without casualties or capture.

One last twist of fate was yet to come. After the crash the rear gunner discovered his parachute had been shredded from the 110 attacks. Stan's decision to stay the course probably saved his life. Stan and the crew then waited until the allies turned up and provisions for their safe return were made.

For this, his bravery and dedication to duty, Stan was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross in 1945.

BLACK, P/O Stanley (J93285) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.77 Squadron - Award effective 8 September 1945 as per London Gazette dated 25 September 1945 and AFRO 1768/45 dated 23 November 1945. Born 1921 in Winnipeg; home there (machine operator); enlisted there 20 July 1942. Trained at No.2 ITS (graduated 3 April 1943) and No.5 AOS (graduated 29 October 1943). Commissioned December 1944. Award presented 11 June 1949.

Navigation, for me is the hardest of all the skills, even with all modern technologies at my disposal I still marvel at Stan's extraordinary capabilities under exceptional circumstances. I asked him once about it, he smiled and told me how easy it was when you don't have to worry about fighters and flack,--how true.

Regards: piper.

Stan: (front row right hand side) with his crew and Halifax bomber

Stan's log book: amazing read, amazing guy.

Excerpt from London times: 1945.

Stan's medals. Left to right

Distinguished Flying Cross (DFC). The cross is awarded to officers and Warrant Officers for an act or acts of valour, courage or devotion to duty performed whilst flying in active operations against the enemy.

The 1939-1945 Star. The Star was awarded for six months service on active operations for Army and Navy, and two months for active air-crew between 02 September 1939 and 08 May 1945 (Europe) or 02 September 1945 (Pacific).

The France and Germany Star. The France & Germany Star was awarded for operational services in France, Belgium, the Netherlands and Germany between June 6th, 1944 (D-Day) and the May 8th, 1945,

The Defence Medal. The Defence Medal was awarded for service in the forces in non-operational areas subjected to air attack or closey threatened for at least three years service in Great Britain until 8th May 1945

Canadian Volunteer Service Medal. The Canadian Volunteer Service Medal is granted to persons of any rank in the Naval, Military or Air Forces of Canada who voluntarily served on Active Service and have honourably completed eighteen months (540 days) total voluntary service from September 3, 1939 to March 1, 1947.

1) The Overseas Service Bar for 60 days of service overseas.

The War Medal 1939-1945. The War Medal 1939-1945 was established on August 16th 1945 and was awarded to all personnel of the armed forces of the British Commonwealth (excluding the Home Guard) and Merchant Navies for having served at least 28 days, operational or non-operational, between September 3rd 1939 and September 2nd 1945.

Canadian Forces Decoration CD. The Canadian Forces Decoration is awarded to officers and men of the Canadian Forces who have completed twelve years of service.

Stan, then.

Stan now.

Salute and goodbye Stan, rest in peace.

08-11-2007, 05:37 PM
Per ardua ad astra Stan. Your friends wait for you there.


08-11-2007, 05:41 PM
Blue skies, Stan.


08-11-2007, 05:48 PM
All the world mourns a Warrior's passing...

I envy the men who knew him. There is much to learn and too few left to teach.

1st Horsemen
Warbirds of Prey

08-11-2007, 05:52 PM
~S~ rest in peace Stan, and thank you for the peace you helped forge.

08-11-2007, 06:06 PM
My greatest respects.

08-11-2007, 06:10 PM
Salute and rest in peace sir.

08-11-2007, 06:17 PM



08-12-2007, 03:47 AM

08-12-2007, 06:56 AM
Wow, never heard that story! Salute!

08-12-2007, 07:05 AM
Great story... and May God Bless! http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-sad.gif

08-12-2007, 07:20 AM
Sorry to hear - god bless Stan.

Piper, it might be worth putting your story about Stan on a website run by one of the forumites here www.honourourveterans.com (http://www.honourourveterans.com)

It would be a great way to put a lasting/fitting tribute to a great man.



08-12-2007, 09:13 AM
S! and condolences to his family.

08-12-2007, 11:06 AM
Originally posted by Low_Flyer_MkVb:
Blue skies, Stan.


Best way to put it!

08-12-2007, 12:53 PM
My small Photoshop homage. Goodbye, Stan.
"Stanley B., soldier for the British, sailor of the skies, pride of his country. His 86th year. Better to be than to seem. May the earth be light to you."

08-12-2007, 01:35 PM
God bless and rest in peace Stan S!

08-12-2007, 05:32 PM
~S~ RIP Stan http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/11.gif

08-12-2007, 08:23 PM
Salute S!

08-12-2007, 08:31 PM
God speed Sir!

We appreciate your service ~S~


08-12-2007, 11:35 PM
Another one of the free world's protectors gone. What an amazing story. Those RAF guys were amazing. Taps and a salute to him.

08-13-2007, 12:19 AM

08-13-2007, 04:28 AM
Thanks Stan.S.

08-14-2007, 09:27 AM
http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/11.gif THANK YOU , R I P http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/11.gif

08-14-2007, 09:49 AM

08-18-2007, 07:05 PM
~S~ All,

Everyone, thank you so very much for your kind replies, I can't sum up with words, but rest assured, all of your comments are deeply appreciated.

Dux, I never knew you had a hidden talent, really superb, thanks.

Skimbo, I will definitely look into your suggestion, good call, and thank you very much.

Once again, thanks all.

Best regards: piper.

10-04-2007, 04:26 AM
Stan now has a tribute on Honor Our Veterans:



10-04-2007, 05:09 AM
~S~ and thank you for helping to give us this way of life.

10-04-2007, 05:19 AM

10-04-2007, 05:35 AM
Originally posted by Ploughman:
Per ardua ad astra Stan. Your friends wait for you there.


..... I cannot think of a more apropos farewell sentiment, Ploughman. Inspired.

10-04-2007, 05:37 AM
Rest in Peace and thanks for freeing my country.


10-04-2007, 05:49 AM

10-04-2007, 05:55 AM
Excellent written article.

May God Bless! http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-sad.gif

10-04-2007, 06:04 AM
Rest in Peace......... ~!S!~

TgD Thunderbolt56
10-04-2007, 06:42 AM
1,000 WWII veterans die every day. http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/51.gif

RIP Stan.

10-04-2007, 01:32 PM
Originally posted by TgD Thunderbolt56:
1,000 WWII veterans die every day. http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/51.gif

RIP Stan.

my friend who was a kerneL in korea and vietnam hit me with a stat 6 months ago and ill be dammed if i can remember it http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_frown.gif it was somethingto the effect of 3 million ww2 vets world wide are dieing each year now http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_frown.gifhttp://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_frown.gifhttp://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_frown.gifhttp://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_frown.gif...it does not sound right ..ill e-mail him.

S! stan..no need to check 6 anymore, RIP

10-04-2007, 04:13 PM
Posts like this make this forum special!

Many thanks to Stan and all who flew with him.

Best Regards,

10-05-2007, 04:06 PM
the kernel said
somewhere between 1200 and 1500 per day;just shy of 1/2 mil per year." http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/sadeyes.gif http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/51.gif


10-06-2007, 02:59 AM
S! to a very brave man

10-06-2007, 04:21 AM
R.I.P. ~S~

10-06-2007, 06:21 PM
Thanks Stan...and salute.

10-06-2007, 07:54 PM
R.I.P. and thanks for helping to save your bomber and your fellow crew members. Excellent crew working together, doing their jobs. That rear gunner deserves a good bit of respect too as does the pilot for his fortitude in diving his aircraft.