JP WWII casualty to be honored in U.K. memorial

February 14, 2014
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A Jamaica Plain pilot who was killed in action during World War II is being honored by the United Kingdom’s Aviation Heritage Lincolnshire along with 25,610 other aircrew members.

Aviation Heritage Lincolnshire (AHL), a partnership of local governments and aviation heritage centers based in the U.K., is erecting a memorial to aircrew who were based out of Lincolnshire and who did not return from missions.

Anderson Storey, son of Charles Moorfield Storey, was serving with the Canadian Air Force and flying out of Lincolnshire when he was killed in action on Jan. 17, 1943. He flew out of Royal Air Force station Waddington with 9 Squadron. It is unclear where he was shot down and what became of his remains.

According to the Jamaica Plain Historical Society, the Storey family lived in a mansion called Nutwood at 229 Perkins St. near Jamaica Pond. They moved out 1974, shortly before the mansion was demolished and the site replaced with today’s Cabot Estates condominiums. Six years later, Charles Storey died in Brookline at age 91. The Gazette was unable to locate any other descendants.

Charles Storey was a well-known Boston political figure in his lifetime. He clashed repeated with notoriously corrupt former Mayor James Michael Curley, a fellow JP resident who also lived near the pond. Curley forced Storey off the watchdog Finance Commission in 1935, though he later returned to serve on it.

Anderson Storey joined the Canadian Air Force while America was still neutral and is listed as a member of the Canadian Air Force in U.K. records even though he was American.

Lincolnshire is on the eastern coast of England, about three hours north of London, and has a history of aviation.

Phil Bonner, an employee of Lincolnshire’s local council, reached out to the Gazette late last month looking for any Storeys still living in JP.