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The Airmen's Stories - P/O D C Wilde


Denis Clifton Wilde was born on 31st December 1910 and joined 601 Squadron Auxiliary Air Force on 1st December 1932. He served as an AC1 air gunner until discharged on 1st December 1936 on completion of his term of service.

Wilde joined the RAFVR at Bristol in March 1939 as an Airman u/t Observer.



Above: Officers of 236 Squadron.

Rear row: P/O J Watters, P/O AO Price, P/O DTM Lumsden

Middle row: P/O KM Smith, P/O EA Alexander, P/O DC Wilde, P/O DVC Cotes-Preedy, P/O GH Melville-Jackson

Front row: F/O RF Walker (Adj), F/Lt. RM Power, S/Ldr. F Harrison (CO), F/Lt. Macarthur, F/O W Comber




He was called to full-time service at the outbreak of war and after further training was commissioned and posted to 236 Squadron at Thorney Island in July 1940.

He served with the squadron throughout the Battle of Britain. After completing his operational tour in 1941 he was posted to Port Albert, Ontario, Canada for a Specialist Navigators Course.

On return to the UK Wilde went to North Coates as Senior Navigation Officer, a post he held for two years. He was eventually posted to 575 Squadron at Bradwell Bay, a unit of Transport Support Command, where he qualified as a co-pilot on Dakotas.

Wilde was released from the RAF in August 1946 as a Squadron Leader.

He then served as a Kings, later a Queens, Foreign Service Messenger for thirteen years.

Wilde died in February 1989 in London.



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