Stanley was a Staff Sergeant and served as waist gunner on a B-17 with the 571st Bomber Squadron of the 590th Bombardment Group, Heavy of the Eighth Army Air Force which was based in Framlingham, England. Stanley was among the original crews of this unit and was killed on September 16, 1943 after a bombing run on the German U-boat basins at Bordeaux, France. His aircraft, the “Ascend Charlie” had suffered damage during the raid, was unable to stay in formation and crashed into the hills in the Black Mountains of South Wales, England while attempting to return to base killing all on board. This was Stanley’s eighth mission with the unit and it was the 14th overall mission flown by the 590th. Stanley was on the bombing run of Regensburg, Germany on August 17, 1943 when his unit won the Distinguished Unit Citation. He had also flown missions over Bonn, Germany and Vitry-en-Artois, Muelan, Kerlin-Bastard and Watten, France. Stanley is interred in the Cambridge American Cemetery in Cambridge, England in Plot B Row 5 Grave 48.