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Ww2 Rcaf 21 Letters 1942-1945. Air Gunner Kia Over Germany For Sale
RCAF air gunner Robert George Wilson, aged 21, was killed when his plane, Flying Fortress HB785 BU-A of 214 (Federated Malay States) Squadron, was lost on March 21, 1945. It failed to return from a raid on the synthetic-oil plant at Bohlen, near Leipzig. Whether it was anti-aircraft fire or a German fighter plane, exactly how HB785 was lost is not known. All ten crewmen, a mix of British and Canadians, were killed when the huge bomber crashed in the Black Forest. The fallen comrades lie at rest in Durnbach War Cemetery, in Bavaria.
This is a collection of letters written by Wilson. The first fifteenletters start onNovember 23, 1942 and cover his training in Edmonton, Winnipeg and eventually Halifax. He studied hard, trying to qualify as a pilot but he didn't make the grade, "my eye co-ordination is faulty, so I'll probably end up a bombardier". He gives some very interesting descriptions of the plane controls, landing in a farmers field and putting ared marker on bullets so they could distinguish between shooters (see photos of letters). His training lasted until the end of 1943 and he was then posted to England.
The next six letters are from his combat period. The last letter was written January 29, 1945, seven weeks before his death. He tells his mother that he has some good news. He thinks that he will be finished in about two months because since the first of December they have done thirteen out of the prescribed thirty missions. According to headquarters, they get two weeks leave at the end then head for the boat as soon as passage is available. He must have been very close to the end of his missionwhen he was shot down.
Included is a studio portrait of scroll down to HB785
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