Willson, F/Sgt. John C.

Willson

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: 
– Bellefonte, 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 the 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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