Wisbech Branch
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Albert Stanley Farley was known to everybody as Stan. He was born in West Ham on 26th March 1926 and died very peacefully surrounded by his family on 26th May 2018. He was a member of the Royal Air Force Association, Burma Star Association (President of the Wisbech branch) and the Royal British Legion. He was a prolific and meticulous organiser of many outings, visits and weekends away for association members and had many good friends. When war broke out he was too young to join up immediately so he acted as a messenger for the ARS. He also joined the Air Training Corps as a founder cadet on Feb 5 1941 in order to be able to join the RAF rather than be conscripted into the Army or Navy.  He was drafted into the RAF in March 1944 and, having undergone basic training and then been trained as an Electrician, he was posted to Burma. Whilst there he was with No. 358 Wireless Unit, RAF (mentioned in despatches at the end of the war) where he was responsible for maintaining generators used with a mobile signals intelligence unit which listened in on Japanese radio messages to gather intelligence and, occasionally, broadcast in Japanese to confuse them! This was part of the “Y” service that relayed messages to Bletchley Park. His ingenuity and resourcefulness overcame many problems and made him popular with his comrades such as catching thieves stealing from the trucks by wiring up the seat to the horn so that it went off as soon as they sat on them, making a hot drink heater which plugged into a light socket and a makeshift radio for the barrack block. After returning from the war in 1947 he married his sweetheart Joyce and enjoyed a happy marriage that lasted over 40 years until her death in 1991. They had three sons. However he missed the military banter after demobbing and he joined 2048 (Dagenham) Sqn ATC as a civilian instructor in 1961 then gained a commission in 1963. Having reached the rank of Flight Lieutenant, he eventually took command of 452 (Hornchurch) Sqn in 1973 and remained there until retirement from the ATC in 1983. During his time with the ATC he visited 26 RAF stations for Summer Camps and training courses and he and his wife also attended a Royal Garden Party at Buckingham Palace in 1982. He has been awarded the Burma Star, 1939 – 45 Star, The War Medal and the Cadet Forces Medal and bar.