Meares, Was he godfather to Carolyn Peta nee Giddings? Squadron Leader: S.T. Meares (On WW memorial, London opened Sep 2005) ??? F/L S.T.Meares was a member of the staff at HQ Fighter Command during the Battle, it is believed he flew one sortie from Hornchurch with No 54 Squadron on the 12th of August, qualifying him for the Battle of Britain clasp. S.T.Meares was awarded the D.F.C. on the 22nd of July 1941, then being credited with destroying two Bf 109's and damaging two more. Posted to a training command, he was involved in a mid-air collision on the 15th of November 1941 and killed, aged 25. American Fighter Aces Series 1 RAF Station North Weald had been fogged in all the latter part of September 1941, so much so that the senior pilots of 71 Squadron's "A" Flight were given a few days leave. As the weather cleared on 2 October, Squadron Leader Stanley T. Meares took a flight of newer members on a combat air patrol over the English Channel. Newly assigned Pilot Officer Carroll W. "Red" McColpin, was flying as Meares's wingman in his Spitfire Mk VB, coded XR-Y. At approximately 1340, McColpin spotted 18-20 Me-109Fs a few hundred feet below, and called out the bogies to Meares. As they dived to the attack, Meares fired on the nearest 109. McColpin followed, firing a half-second burst from under 50 yards. The German fighter burst into flames. Then, as McColpin related it, "I broke away to port and found myself in position for an attack on another 109, so I gave him a burst. He pulled up and dived with smoke pouring out. l thought I saw the pilot bail out. The plane was seen to hit the ground. I saw another Me-109 below, dived on him, and followed him down to 3,000 feet, where I gave him a one-second burst. He never pulled out, and he hit the deck as I pulled up."