F/Sgt. John Campbell Willson


Born: 7 April 1922 - Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
Parents: Charles A. & Euphemia L. Willson
   - moved to the United States to find work
Siblings: 4 brothers, 1 sister (known)
Home: 120 North Thirteenth Avenue, Melrose Park, Illinois
Education:
    - Melrose Park School
    - Lincoln School
    - Proviso Township High School
        - Class of 1941
Enlisted:
    - Royal Canadian Air Force
Serial Number: R/145481
Training:
    - Behleforte, Ottawa, Canada
Rank: Flight Sergeant
    - Lancaster Bomber
Unit: 44th Royal Air Force Squadron
Killed in Action:
    - 22 June 1944

        - plane airborne Dunholme Lodge - 10:55 PM 
        - bombed synthetic petroleum refinery 
        - plane shot down during bombing mission over Ruhr, Belgium
        - crashed between coal mine and As-Lanklaar Road, (Limburg), 10 km SSW
           of Masseik in Belgium
        - parents learned of his death when a member of his crew was liberated from
          a German POW Camp in 1945
Buried:
    - Lanklaar Communal Cemetery, Lanklaar, Belgium
Note: Parents moved to Encinitas, California, during war

 

 

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