SECRET CYPHER TELEGRAM X.4434
Rcd. A.M.C.S. 1445 hrs 22/1/41.
To: Air Ministry
From: HQ RAF ME (B.P.O.)
M.288 22/1. FB.
(A) Gladiator K.7902. (B) 80 Sqdn.
(C) Athens 1415 20/1. (D) 41490 F/O V.A.J. Stuckey killed. (G) Crashed on forced landing after engagement with enemy bomber. (H) Cat.3.
Time of Origin: 11/06/22
A/C to P.4.Cas.
CRASH CIRC. (O)
Royal Air Force,
8 January, 1943.
41490 F/O V.A.J. STUCKEY (Dec’d)
Sir, I have the honour to refer to your letter P.357032/41 dated 24th August, 1942, and to forward herewith Burial Report in respect of the above-named officer.
2. The following circumstantial report has to been forwarded by. 80 Squadron.
‘ A formation of S.79’s came over Athens on 20th January 1941. F/O Stuckey intercepted these aircraft and was shot down in flames in the ensuing combat. He crashed at Phaleron aerodrome, Greeks placed wreaths on the burst-out wreckage. It is not known wheter the remains of his body were removed from the wreckage or not.’
3. This report was given by a member of the Squadron, who was in Greece with the Unit.
I have the honour to be,
Your obedient Servant,
(J.S. MCANULTY) F/Lt.,
for Air Chief Marshal,
Royal Air Force, Middle East.
The Under Secretary of State,
Kingsway. LONDON, W.C.2.
From: -Officer Commanding, No. 80 Squadron.
To: -Base Personnel Staff Officer, R.A.F., Middle East.
Date:-9th August, 1941.
Circumstancial Report on Casualty to
Gladiator K.7902 on 20th January, 1941.
F/O. V.A.J. Stuckey.
Further to Headquarters, British Air Forces Greece, Signal M.19 dated 20th January, 1941, herewith Circumstantial Report relating to the above accident.
2. At approximately 1400 hours on 20th January, 1941, three aircraft of this Unit operating from Eleusis intercepted enemy aircraft approaching the Athens area. In the ensuring combat this aircraft was damaged by enemy fire.
3. Whilst circling the aerodrome, prior to landing, the aircraft burst into flames, the pilot being killed.
Squadron Leader, Commanding,
No. 80 squadron, R.A.F.
Copy to:-H.Q. R.A.F. M.E. (your S.41953/F.1.dated