Basil Gerald Stapleton was born May 12th, 1920 in Durban, South-Africa. He attended school in England. January 1939 he entered service with the RAF. He participated in the Battle of Britain in 603 Squadron. Later on he took part in the fighting in various other units, including Hurricats with the Merchant Ship Unit, as Flight Commander of 257 Squadron, as an Instructor at the Gunnery School and as Squadron Leader of 247 Squadron.
In April 1946 he left the RAF and became a pilot with BOAC (British Overseas Airway Corporation), the predecessor of British Airways.
?: Acting Pilot Officers on probation;
October 21st, 1939: Pilot Officer on probation;
January 23rd, 1940: Pilot Officer;
October 21st, 1940: Flying Officer;
October 21st, 1941: Flight Lieutenant (war subs.);
January 1939: entered service in the RAF;
October 1939 - April 1941: No. 603 Squadorn, RAF Montrose, Schotland;
?: Merchant Ship Fighter Unit;
?: Flight Commander No. 257 Squadron;
?: Instructor Central Gunnery School;
?: Squadron Leader No. 247 Squadron, 124th Wing, 2nd Tactical Air Command
January 23rd, 1943: Transfer to Reserves (drafted by the Air Force);
December 23rd, 1944 - mei 1945: POW Stalag Luft I, Barth;
April 1946: Pilot BOAC.
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