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The Airmen's Stories - P/O R R Wilson


Robert Roy Wilson was born on 13th May 1920 in Moncton, New Brunswick, Canada and joined the RAF on a short service commission in October 1938. He was serving with 111 Squadron at the outbreak of war but was posted away.

He rejoined 111 Squadron at Digby on 23rd May 1940. Over Dunkirk on 2nd June Wilson destroyed a Me109 and damaged another.

His own aircraft was damaged and he made for home. Fumes forced him to bale out just short of the English coast and although the Hurricane went into the sea, he drifted inland and landed about one mile from Manston.


On 25th July Wilson claimed a Me109 destroyed.

He failed to return from combat with Me109's over Margate on 11th August and is presumed to have crashed into the sea in Hurricane P3595.

Wilson was 20. He is commemorated on the Runnymede Memorial, Panel 10.


Above image courtesy of Dean Sumner


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