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Abram, Stanley

I found this newspaper report on Stanley (below) and as far as I know he is not on any local memorial – he must be remembered:-

Chester Chronicle 3rd January 1942

Page 3 Col. 4

AIRMAN REPORTED MISSING

Miss ABRAM, 33, North Street, Saltney Ferry, has been notified by the R.A.F., that her brother, Sergt. Stanley ABRAM, is reported missing after an operational flight on Dec.7th 1941.

Sergt. Stanley ABRAM, a wireless operator-gunner stationed at Singapore, was the son of the late Mr. & Mrs. E.J.S. ABRAM.   His father was a yard inspector on the L.M.S. Railway at Mold Junction.    On his father’s death Stanley went to live with Mr. E.R. ABRAM, a passenger guard living at Rhyl, and while there was employed by the Sun Electric Co.    He was later promoted and transferred to the London Offices.    He joined the R.A.F. in London in December 1939, when he was 20.

Stanley ABRAM was educated at Mold Junction Council School and was a member of St. Mathew’s Church choir.   At Rhyl he joined St. Thomas’s Church choir, where he gained the notice of Mrs. Winifred COOPER, a teacher of singing, and was trained by her as a vocalist.   He was acclaimed throughout the district as a promising concert singer.   He has sung at Rhyl, Chester and Manchester.

Stanley Abram was born in the March quarter of 1919 (Hawarden Vol. 11b Page 312) the first child of Ernest James Stanley & Louisa Abram formerly Badge, nee Moss, who had married in the June quarter of 1918 in St. Mark’s Church, Lache-With-Saltney, Cheshire, (Cheshire West CE35/1/357).   This was the 2nd marriage of Louisa Abrams, having first married Frederick James Badge in St. Jude’s Church, West Derby, Lancashire, England on the 27th October 1912,   Frederick & Louisa Budge had a son Leonard (Leo) in the September quarter of 1916 (Bebington   Wirral BEB/20/54) and sadly Frederick died in the March quarter of 1918, age 37 years (W.Derby Vol.  8b Page 719).

Louisa then married Ernest James Stanley Abrams in the same year.   However this was Ernest’s 2nd marriage as well, he had previously married Edith Griffiths on the 18th December 1898 in Kirkdale, Lancashire, Vol:  8b Page: 804) and by 1911 they had moved to 33, North Street, Saltney Ferry, Flintshire (5 rooms) they had been married for 12 years and had 3 children, Edwin Richard, Edith Matilda & Annie Maud, all of whom were still living that year. Tragedy was to strike again as Edith died in 1914, age 37 years, after having another child in 1913 (Lily Maud).

Ernest & Louisa had another child, Evelyn, in 1921 and they can all be seen on the 1921 census, still living at 33, North Street, East Saltney.  Ernest James Stanley Abram, 46 was a L & N W Foreman Shunter for the London & North Western Railway, he had been born in Lancashire.   Louisa Abram, 32, had been born in Lancashire and was doing “Home Duties” (Own Account).   Edwin Richard Abram was 21 and a Steel Window Maker (William & Williams).   Edith Matilda Abram, 19, was a Tailoress, Annie Maud Abram ,14, had no occupation (At Home).    Lily Maud Abram was 8 years old. Stanley Abram, 2 and Evelyn was a baby. The children had all been born in Flintshire.    Louisa’s son Leo Badge, stepson to Ernest, was 4 and had been born in Cheshire.

Louisa sadly died in 1923 and was buried in St. Mary’s Church, Broughton, Hawarden on the 28th February , age 34 years, when Stanley was about 4 years old and Evelyn, just about 2 years old.

Ernest James Stanley Abram was to marry again in the September quarter of 1931 in a Civil Marriage to Alice Parkinson (Flintshire (Mold) HAW/11/100).   However, tragedy was once more to strike the family as Ernest James Stanley was to die on the 31st August 1931 according to his Probate.

The newspaper cutting adds more to Stanley’s story, he was to move to London, but I cannot find him on the 1939 National Register, which was taken on the 29th September 1939, however did find his step brother Edwin Richard living at 46 Park Drive , Hoole U.D., Cheshire.   This source gives us dates of birth and tells us that Edwin Richard Abram had been born on the 5th December 1899 and was a Passenger Guard L.M & S. Railway.   His wife Ann Abram had been born on the 12th March 1900 and was described as a “Housewife.”   There was a Boarder living the as well.

The same National Register shows Alice Abram, born 27th December 1892 and a widow was described as doing “Unpaid Domestic Duties,” as most women, who did not have a job was described.    Living with Alice was Stanley’s sister, Evelyn Abram, born on the 13th March 1921 and was single and a Shop Assistant (General Stores).   Their home was still 33 North Street, Saltney Ferry, Chester, Hawarden, Flintshire.

As the Newspaper states Stanley was to join the R.A.F. in December 1939 was to find himself in 205 Squadron and I found that he and his crew were possibly the first casualties in the Pacific War in 1941, thanks to the websites below and to whom I am very grateful.

http://www.rafcommands.com/database/air81/index.php

Citation                Aircraft                 Description         Link

AIR81/10822 – Flying Officer P E Bedell, Flight Sergeant W E Webb, Sergeant C B Treloar (RAAF), Sergeant E A Bailey, Sergeant S Abram, Sergeant P Eaton, Leading Aircraftsman A H Chapman, Aircraftsman W T D Burnett: missing believed killed; aircraft failed to return from operational flight shadowing the Japanese Fleet off the coast of Indo-China, Catalina W8417, 205 Squadron, 7 December 1941.              C17058551

https://discovery.nationalarchives.gov.uk/details/r/C17058551

Catalogue description Flying Officer P E Bedell, Flight Sergeant W E Webb, Sergeant C B Treloar (RAAF),…

This record has not been digitised and cannot be downloaded.

Reference:         AIR 81/10822

Description:         – Flying Officer P E Bedell, Flight Sergeant W E Webb, Sergeant C B Treloar (RAAF), Sergeant E A Bailey, Sergeant S Abram, Sergeant P Eaton, Leading Aircraftsman A H Chapman, Aircraftsman W T D Burnett: missing believed killed; aircraft failed to return from operational flight shadowing the Japanese Fleet off the coast of Indo-China, Catalina W8417, 205 Squadron, 7 December 1941.  (Held by: The National Archives, Kew.  Former reference in its original department: P 364453/41.   Record opening date:             03 December 2019

http://www.rafcommands.com/database/serials/details.php?uniq=W8417

 Catalina I  W8417

Casualities in the CWGC Register for Catalina I W8417

Rank [Sort by Rank]        Name, Number, Trade & Details [Sort by Last Name]     Date [Currently Sorted by Date]               Unit [Sort by Unit]    Country [Sort by Country]            Cemetery/Memorial & Loc Ref

Sergeant              Stanley ABRAM (909403) Catalina I W8417  Ext Link [RAF]              1941-12-07          205 Sqdn AIR27                 Singapore            Singapore Memorial [Ref : Column 409.]

Sergeant              Edward Alexander BAILEY (567431) Catalina I W8417  Ext Link [RAF]          1941-12-07          205 Sqdn AIR27                 Singapore            Singapore Memorial [Ref : Column 409.]

Flying Officer    Patrick Edwin BEDELL (81334) Catalina I W8417  Ext Link [RAF]     1941-12-07          205 Sqdn AIR27                 Singapore            Singapore Memorial [Ref : Column 409.]

Aircraftman 1st Class      William Thomas David BURNETT (1004210) Catalina I W8417  Ext Link [RAF]            1941-12-07          205 Sqdn AIR27         Singapore            Singapore Memorial [Ref : Column 410.]

Leading Aircraftman       Arthur Henry CHAPMAN (967971) Catalina I W8417  Ext Link [RAF]            1941-12-07          205 Sqdn AIR27    Singapore            Singapore Memorial [Ref : Column 410.]

Sergeant              Peter EATON (755182) Catalina I W8417  Ext Link [RAF]   1941-12-07          205 Sqdn AIR27                 Singapore                Singapore Memorial [Ref : Column 410.]

Sergeant              Colin Burns TRELOAR (407554) Catalina I W8417  Ext Link [RAAF]                 1941-12-07          205 Sqdn AIR27                 Singapore            Singapore Memorial [Ref : Column 412.]

Warrant Officer                William Edward WEBB (590711) Catalina I W8417  Ext Link [RAF] 1941-12-07          205 Sqdn AIR27                 Singapore            Singapore Memorial

From https://forum.axishistory.com/viewtopic.php?p=999165First Blood of the Pacific War

#1 Post by Peter H » 30 Dec 2006, 15:45

http://stonebooks.com/archives/061126.shtml

Japanese aircraft shoot down Australian Flying Officer Patrick Bedell’s RAF Catalina as it searches for the Japanese invasion fleet in the Gulf of Siam, drawing the first blood of the war in the Pacific.

http://www.far-eastern-volunteers.co.uk/air_force.html

Flying Officer Patrick Edwin Bedell, 7th December 1941 (possibly the first casualty in the Far Eastern theatre, killed before the strike on Pearl Harbour).

Bedell of RAF 205 Squadron was the First pilot of his Catalina.    The whole crew perished.

http://www.f16.parsimony.net/forum27947 … es/852.htm

7 Dec The first allied aircraft lost in the Pacific war was W8417 FV-W of 205 Sqdn having taken off from Seletar at circa 0200 local to carry out reconnaissance, relieving FV-S which returned safely to Selatar at circa 0730 local. FV-W as shot down in the South China Sea at about 0900 local: that is, mid afternoon Sat 6 Dec Hawaii time and about 17 hrs prior to Pearl Harbour.

#2 Post by Mucius Scaevola » 30 Dec 2006, 16:12

In the Philippines, on the other hand, MacArthur and Brereton had adequate warning of a strike that had been expected, in one form or another, for years (Burton doesn’t address what additional secret sigint might have been made available to MacArthur), and they nevertheless failed to prevent a disaster that in many ways proved worse than the losses suffered in Hawaii. The result? Brereton, a senior airman caught with his pants down, went on to more important commands and MacArthur, who in the author’s opinion deserves the bulk of the blame, became one of the most important generals of the war.

https://aviation-safety.net/wikibase/223711

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Date:     07-DEC-1941

Time:     08:45

Type:     Silhouette image of generic CAT model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different

Consoldated Catalina Mk II

Owner/operator:             205 Squadron Royal Air Force (205 Sqn RAF)

Registration:      W8417

MSN:

Fatalities:             Fatalities: 8 / Occupants: 8

Other fatalities:                0

Aircraft damage:              Written off (damaged beyond repair)

Location:              off Kota Bharu –   Malaysia*

Phase:  Combat

Narrative: -Catalina W8417 aircraft failed to return from operational flight shadowing the Japanese Fleet off the coast of Indo-China. Shot down by Japanese Army. All eight crew members perished in the crash. 7.12. 1941.

Crew: – Flying Officer P E Bedell, Flight Sergeant W E Webb, Sergeant C B Treloar (RAAF), Sergeant E A Bailey, Sergeant S Abram, Sergeant P Eaton, Leading Aircraftsman A H Chapman, Aircraftsman W T D Burnett: missing believed killed;

Sources: – http://1942malaya.blogspot.com/2011/04/malaya-1st-allied-casualty-of-pacific.html

http://ww2talk.com/index.php?threads/in-memoriam-those-air-force-pilots-crews-who-died-on-this-day-in-ww2.18267/page-41

AIR81/10822

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Perhentian_Islands

Kota Bharu is near the Perhentian Islands in the South China Sea.

Travellers from Kuala Lumpur or other destinations can fly, train, or bus to either Kuala Terengganu or Kota Bharu.

https://www.travelfish.org/location/malaysia/peninsular_malaysia/kelantan/kota_bharu

Kota Bharu, the capital of Kelantan, is the launching point for many travellers heading to the Perhentian Islands, just off the northern coast of Peninsular Malaysia.

https://aviation-safety.net/wikibase/type/CAT

07-DEC-1941       Consoldated Catalina Mk II  W8417 205 Sqn RAF 8  off Kota Bharu  w/o

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Consolidated_PBY_Catalina

The Consolidated PBY Catalina is a flying boat and amphibious aircraft that was produced in the 1930s and 1940s. In Canadian service it was known as the Canso. It was one of the most widely used seaplanes of World War II. Catalinas served with every branch of the United States Armed Forces and in the air forces and navies of many other nations. The last military PBYs served until the 1980s. As of 2021, 86 years after its first flight, the aircraft continues to fly as a waterbomber (or airtanker) in aerial firefighting operations in some parts of the world. None remain in military service.

Stanley was so young and had a lot to give, reading the newspaper cutting, and he must have been loved and missed by his siblings and immediate family, but I do not think he is remembered on any War Memorial, he must be remembered as they all should for their sacrifice.


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