Charles Stanley Horrell

Charles Stanley Horrell 1

Charles at 20 (1943)

This is Nicole’s grandfather, and this is her message.

My grandfather was in 293 RAF and it was an AIRSEA RESCUE SQUADRON (operated in the Italian Theatre).

He served from June 5, 1941 to October 22, 1945, then from May 7, 1953 to June 2, 1967.

The medals he received were 1939-45 Star, Italy Star, Defence Medal, Canadian Volunteer Service Medal & Clasp, War metal 1939-45, Canadian Forces Decoration.

His military number was J14992. He was  a  F/L FLIGHT LIEUTENANT. According to his logbook he rescued down flyers but it also provided escort for many dignitaries such as Winston Churchill.



Supermarine Walrus Mark I, X9506 ‘C’, of ‘C’ Flight, No. 293 Squadron RAF Detachment at Nettuno, Italy.

This is an image from the Imperial War Museum Collection. ROYAL AIR FORCE: ITALY, THE BALKANS AND SOUTH EAST EUROPE, 1942-1945.© IWM (CNA 4757)

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Warrant Officer J R Berry (wireless operator) and Flight Sergeant E J Holmes (pilot), an experienced air-sea rescue crew, stand in front of their Supermarine Walrus Mark I, X9506 ‘C’, of ‘C’ Flight, No. 293 Squadron RAF Detachment at Nettuno, Italy. Berry and Holmes were both recipients of the Distinguished Flying Medal for their work with No. 284 Squadron RAF, and flew several more successful rescue sorties after transferring with their aircraft to 293 Squadron in April 1944. The rescue tally on the X9506’s nose shows 23 aircrew extricated from the waters around Italy.


Warwick ASR Mark I, BV502 ‘ZE-N’, of No. 293 Squadron RAF with its crew, in a dispersal surrounded by spring flowers at Foggia, Italy. BV502 was a redesignated ‘Stage C’ aircraft.

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Warwick Bomber/ASRs, of the Warwick Training Unit (later the Air Sea Rescue Training Unit), on the ground at Bircham Newton, Norfolk. The nearest aircraft, BV277 ‘T’, subsequently served in the Mediterranean Theatre with Nos. 284 and 293 Squadrons RAF.

Charles Stanley Horrell served his country well as his big brother did.

Horrell Brothers

Charles born in 1923, Arthur born in 1920

Charles came back from the war.

Arthur did not.

Arthur James Horrell

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18 thoughts on “Charles Stanley Horrell

  1. Dad and Uncle Arthur l thank you for all that you did. I and many Canadians understand the hardship you went through so we are able to walk freely through out this great Country we call Canada. I will never forget..
    Catherine Horrell-Morley

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  2. Hello. I was researching Mr. Horrell. This may seem strange but I have his officers commission certificate from 1943. It turned up at an auction here in Iowa recently and I got it.

    • Lafe: My name is Nicole Morley and I’m the Granddaughter of Charles Stanley Horrell and the Great Niece of Arthur James Horrell and I”m thrilled to find out something like this showed up in Iowa of all places. I would like to get in contact with you.

    • Lafe :

      My name is Nicole Morley and I have tried e-mailing you a couple times with regards to Mr. Horrell and have heard nothing back. I’m the Great Niece of Arthur James Horrell and the Granddaughter of Charles Stanley Horrell. I would really like to chat with you about this certificate as I’m curious about it.

      Please feel free to get in touch with me on this site or by e-mail. Thanks.

  3. I would be happy to do that but I am not sure how to post it to this site?
    I have been trying to find out who the Air Secretary for Canada at the time? He had signed it on the bottom and can’t quite make it out.

      • Lafe; I did receive the “Officers Commission Certificate” you mailed me last summer. I sincerely apologize for not letting you know sooner that it arrived ok. There will be a package coming to you in the next month or so as a thank you from my Mom and her siblings( Charles Stanley Horrell’s Children) as well as myself. We are all very GRATEFUL that you returned the certificate knowing how much it would mean to not just me but everyone in the Horrell family. If you could send me your e-mail address I will let you know when the package has been sent so you can keep an eye on the mail. Since I’m not on Facbook at the moment I would love to keep in touch with you through e-mail if your interested. My e-mail address is …. I look forward to hearing from you.

        All the best.

        Nicole Morley (Charles Stanley Horrell’s Granddaughter)

      • Pierre: Thanks for e-mailing Lafe for me and being the “Middle Man” as they say. Take care.

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