George Edward Bowes Stoney was born in Dublin on 24th March 1911. His father, Edward Bowes Stoney, served in the Great War with the Canadian Expeditionary Force.
Stoney joined the RAF on a short service commission in August 1929. He was posted to 1 FTS Netheravon on 8th September and joined the staff at 502 (Special Reserve) Squadron on 13th August 1930 as a Flying Instructor. On 2nd May 1932 Stoney went to 4 (Army Co-operation) Squadron at Farnborough.
He went on to the Reserve in July 1934 and was recalled at the outbreak of war, being first posted to FTS Cranwell on 2nd September 1939 for flying duties.
Standing: F/O S Witorzenc, F/Lt. GE Stoney, Sgt. A Glowacki
In chairs: Sgt. P Farnes, P/O K Lee, P/O JA Gibson
On ground: P/O RC Dafforn, P/O H Adams
Stoney joined 501 Squadron at Croydon from 6 OTU on 28th July 1940 as a Flight Commander. He claimed a Ju87 destroyed on the 29th and another on 11th August.
He was killed on the 18th, shot down by Hptmn. Fozo of II/JG51. His Hurricane, P2549, crashed near Stile Farm, Chilham.
Stoney was 29. He is buried in St Helen’s churchyard, Lancashire.