Pilot Officer Stanley Chudzik RCAF & Crew

Stanley Frank Chudzik was a Canadian born in Poland on July 10th 1919. He can his crew arrived on No.218 Squadron via No.1657 Con Unit RAF Stradishall w.e.f 24th June 1943. The crew were assigned to “B” Flight under the command of fellow Canadian Squadron Leader H Saunders.

The crew carried out their first operation on June 27th 1943 when they successfully mined the Nectarines area in veteran Stirling N3721 HA-J. The following night Stanley flew a 2nd Dickie flight with Sergeant Arthur Aaron to Cologne. There followed eight further operations, three of which were against Hamburg during the “Operation Gomorra”. On the first Hamburg raid the crew were attacked by a Me110 while on route home. A violent corkscrew was enough to deter the Me110.

On the crews last operation they were part of a force attacking Turin, while on route the crew were attacked by Oblt Hans Kulow 9./NJG4 at 00:43hrs over Amberieu, 15kms NE of Lyon. Five of the crew including 24-years-old Stanley Chudzik were killed, one crewmember was taken Prisoner 0f War while Sergeant James Paterson managed to escape returning to the UK by January 1944.

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The memorial is sited some 38 kilometers north east of Lyon on the main road to Ambérieu-en-Bugey in the Department of the Ain. The airmen were originally buried in a local cemetery but were later transferred to Lyon (La Doua) French National Cemetery.

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