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Squadron Leader Stanley Yendle Broadbent

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Squadron Leader Stanley Yendle Broadbent

Birth
St. Thomas, Elgin County, Ontario, Canada
Death 16 Jun 1948 (aged 38)
Ontario, Canada
Burial St. Thomas, Elgin County, Ontario, Canada
Plot Grave B, Plot 83, Block F
Memorial ID 155378110 View Source
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Military Service:
Rank: Squadron Leader
Service Number: C1585
Force: Air Force
Unit: Royal Canadian Air Force
Division: RCAF Station Trenton

Honours:
*He was commended for Valuable Services - No.16 SFTS - Awarded 1 January 1943 as per Canada Gazette dated 9 January 1943:- "This officer worked his way up from an aero-engine mechanic in the ranks of the permanent RCAF. As a Sergeant Pilot he was instructing at Camp Borden at the commencement of the war. For the past fourteen months he has commanded a Training Squadron at No.16 SFTS where he has shown a keen devotion to duty and set an excellent example both as an officer and flying instructor to those under him. He has carried out 1,500 hours flying, mostly instructing, without a single accident. His record as an instructor, devotion to the service, and keen interest in the airmen's welfare and training has been of inestimable value to the war effort."

*S/L Broadbent was commended for Valuable Services - No.14 SFTS - Award effective 19 August 1944 as per Canada Gazette of that date:- "This officer was the pilot of a training aircraft recently, carrying out aerobatics, when the upper elevator cable completely parted. The aircraft whip stalled from a vertical nose upwards position. Endeavouring to recover from the ensuing vertical dive, the pilot discovered the complete loss of elevator control. By the use of elevator trim, the nose was brought up, but control was difficult to maintain. He ordered the crewman to abandon aircraft by parachute and assisted him onto the wing to make his jump safer, which resulted in the aircraft diving out of control again. He then prepared to abandon the aircraft himself but noticed it was heading towards a thickly populated area. Fearing a crash might cause loss of civilian life and with complete disregard for his own safety, and knowing his actions might result in his coming too low to jump successfully, Squadron Leader Broadbent manoeuvred the aircraft away from the area under semi-control. Noticing an unused relief field nearby, he decided to try to save the aircraft and with extreme courage and great skill carried out a forced landing with no damage. Not only was loss of life averted and a valuable aircraft saved but the preservation of the aircraft intact disclosed evidence of the cause of the accident. This officer's splendid actions on this occasion are an outstanding example of his devotion and ability as a flying instructor."

Stanley enlisted in London, Ontario on Jun 24, 1930.

He died when the jet plane he was piloting nosedived into Lake Ontario near Bowmanville. Article in the St Thomas Times-Journal, 16 Jun 1948, p 1; the Toronto Daily Star (Toronto, ON), 16 Jun 1948, p 1. Funeral notice in the St Thomas Times-Journal, 13 Oct 1948, p 7.


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