The Airmen's Stories - P/O C M Stavert
Charles Michael Stavert was born on 10th August 1921. He joined the RAF on a short service commission and began his initial training course on 26th June 1939. After completing his training, he arrived at 6 OTU Sutton Bridge in early April 1940 and after converting to Hurricanes was posted to No. 1 Squadron in France on the 27th.
On 10th May Stavert shared in the destruction of a Me110, on the 18th he destroyed a Do17 and a He111, then ran out of fuel and made a forced-landing in a ploughed field.
On the 19th he damaged a He111. He returned to England when the squadron was withdrawn on 17th June 1940.
On 16th August Stavert claimed a He111 destroyed, on the 18th he shared a Do17, on 6th September he destroyed a Ju88 and damaged a Me109. He made his last flight with No. 1 on 18th September, a patrol.
He joined 504 Squadron at Hendon on the 21st and flew his first sortie on the 24th, a patrol. On the 27th he damaged a Me110. He was still with the squadron on 2nd November 1940. Stavert was awarded the AFC (gazetted 1st June 1953) and retired from the RAF on 10th August 1964 as a Squadron Leader.
He died on 20th January 2008 in Malvern, Worcestershire.
504 Squadron Exeter 1941
Sgt. Boreham, P/O Lee, Sgt. D Haywood, F/O M Rook, P/O HN Hunt, F/O Salter, Sgt. Waud, Sgt. Nurse, Sgt. Lewis
Sgt. RT Holmes, M.O. F/Lt BEG White, S/Ldr. J Sample, F/Lt. AH Rook, F/Lt. A Parsons, F/O W Barnes, F/O Clennell (Adj.)
P/O AJ McGregor, P/O CM Stavert