WILSON, William James, DFM.

William James WILSON, DFM


RAAF number 404125, Sergeant Flying Officer,160 Squadron RAF (RAAF squadron in the Royal Air Force) on attachment to the 120 Squadron, 159 Squadron, and the RCAF (Awarded DFM in 1942).

Served 18 months in the 11th Brigade, Royal Field Artillery prior to joining the RAAF.

b. 27/04/1916

Married to – Pamela Caroline WILSON, Father – James Wilson

Lived – 953 Logan Road Holland Park

Occupation at time of enlistment – Solicitor, articled to J. D. Drake of Brisbane.

Joined the RAAF on 25 May 1940.

Aircraft types flown – DH 82, Anson, whitley, Wellington, Liberator, Oxford

Awarded the Distinguished Flying Medal (DFM)in June 1942, the plane that Sergeant Wilson was piloting was severely damaged. Wilson piloted the aircraft safely to a difficult landing saving the aircraft and crew. Wilson was discharged in August 1945 as a Flight Lt.

1st June 1942 – Flying Liberator AL520 on convoy escort – Plane was fired upon killing crewman Sgt O’Shea, and severely damaging the plane. Aircraft returned safely to Tiree, Scotland.* (Note: Whilst Wilson was certainly awarded the DFM as per the Aust War memorial and National Archive records, the nature of which incident has been subject of some discussion as there were 2 such incidents where he was mentioned as possibly being pilot of. The Citation from the National archive is not specific as to the incident or plane details)