Flight Sergeant (Wireless Operator)WOODBRIDGE, STANLEY JAMES

Service Number 1393806

Died 07/02/1945

Aged 23

159 Sqdn.
Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve

G C

Son of James Henry and May Ashman Woodbridge; husband of Florence Edith Woodbridge, of Chingford, Essex.

Inscription

IN PROUD AND HONOURED MEMORY OF A DEVOTED HUSBAND AND LOVING SON

Citation

The following details are given in the London Gazette of 24th September, 1948, in which the award of the George Cross was announced

Flt. Sgt. Woodbridge was the wireless operator in a Liberator aircraft which crashed in Burma on 31st January 1945, and was taken prisoner by the Japanese together with 5 other members of the crew. All six were subjected to torture, and eventually the four N.C.O.'s were separated from the others, taken to a forest and there put to death by beheading. During the subsequent trial of three officers and three N.C.O.'s of the Japanese Army at which they were found guilty of the torture and murder of these four airmen, it was revealed that they had concentrated their efforts on Flt. Sgt. Woodbridge, in an endeavour to obtain techincal information which would have been useful to the Japanese Intelligence service. Despite repeated and prolonged torture this gallant airman steadfastly refused to speak, and was beheaded on February 7th, 1945. Flt. Sgt. Woodbridge behaved throughout with supreme courage. His fortitude, loyalty to this country and complete disregard for his own safety constitute one of the highest examples of valour in the annals of the Royal Air Force.

Buried at RANGOON WAR CEMETERY

Location: Myanmar
Number of casualties: 1331

Cemetery/memorial reference: Col. grave 3. F. 6-9.

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Please be advised that some of the documents, especially the burial returns and exhumation reports, may contain information which some people may find distressing. The original archive records and their digital copies remain the property of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission, but are available for re-use for private and non-commercial purposes.
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This collection of documents was assembled by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission and its predecessors as part of the processes involved in the commemoration of individuals. As a result, they contain many corrections and alterations which reflect their use as working documents. For further information concerning the history of the collection, please see our About Our Records page.
Please be advised that some of the documents, especially the burial returns and exhumation reports, may contain information which some people may find distressing. The original archive records and their digital copies remain the property of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission, but are available for re-use for private and non-commercial purposes.