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Surname STONELEY   Initials M J E   First Name MICHAEL JOHN ERNEST  
Decorations DFM  
Rank Pilot Oficer   Unit RAF   Service No. 158258  
Age 22  Deceased 18/11/1943  Previous Squadron  
Address Belfast, Co. Antrim, Northern Ireland.  
Cemetery RUNNYMEDE MEMORIALSurrey, United Kingdom  
Grave Location Panel 133.  
Additional Info Son of Ernest Andrew Alexander Stoneley and Annie McKay Stoneley; husband of Jessie Stoneley, of Belfast, Co. Antrim, Northern Ireland.  
War Graves Link 1808107  Grave Photo ** YES ** Cemetery Photo ** YES **
Award Date Citation / Reference Squadron
DFM  19/10/1943  1080088 Acting Flight Sergeant Michael John Ernest STONELEY, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve, No. 156 Squadron.

As wireless operator, this airman has participated in a large number of sorties, involving attacks on important enemy targets. He has displayed great skill and devotion to duty and proved himself to be a most reliable member of aircraft crew.

On one occasion, during an attack on Hamburg in July, 1943, his aircraft was hit by anti-aircraft fire and sustained damage. The flight engineer became unconscious through lack of oxygen. Displaying commendable promptitude, Flight Sergeant Stoneley went to his assistance and, in spite of great difficulty, succeeded in reviving him.

His example in harassing circumstances proved most encouraging. 
Source Date Comments
ORB  5/10/1943  P/O SILVERMAN, F/S STONELY, SGT WILKIE (Missing) Immediate award of D.F.M. 
LG 36219  19/10/1943  DFM Notification