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    Default Seeking RCAF pilot William H Wislon

    As part of my research on Oakville ON residents who served in the RCAF, I've come across a pilot, as named above. There are two photographs, sadly too small to see codes. One is a Stranraer, the other a Canso, which leads me to believe he may have been 4 or 5 Squadron RCAF.

    Are the squadron logs online?

    Any leads appreciated.

    Michael
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    Default Re: Seeking RCAF pilot William H Wislon

    The Stranraer was operational out of Shearwater BC. 101 Squadro.

    https://www.101nisquadron.org/wwii-r...f-bella-bella/

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    Default Re: Seeking RCAF pilot William H Wislon

    Hi,
    List of Stranraer squadrons, there are a few.
    No. 5 Squadron (Nov 38 Sep 41) Dartmouth
    No. 117 Squadron (Sep 41 Oct 41) North Sydney
    No. 4 Squadron (Jul 39 Sep 43) Jericho then Ucluelet
    No. 6 Squadron (Nov 41 May 43) Ucluelet then Alliford Bay
    No. 7 Squadron (Feb 43 Mar 44) Alliford Bay
    No. 9 Squadron (Dec 41 Apr 43) Bella Bella
    No. 13 Operational Training (OT) Squadron (Oct 41 Nov 42) Sea Island then Patricia Bay
    No. 120 Squadron (Nov 41 Oct 43) Patricia Bay then Coal Harbour
    Was William H Wislon aircrew as they are easier to find on the Squdron ORB's. The records for the above squadrons are on line but can run to 3000 pages for each. Do you have any more information to go on ?

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    Default Re: Seeking RCAF pilot William H Wislon

    Can I just confirm that this chap's surname really was WISLON, and not WILSON?

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    Default Re: Seeking RCAF pilot William H Wislon

    WILSON. I have dyslexia in my typing fingers!

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    Default Re: Seeking RCAF pilot William H Wislon

    He is supposed to have been pilot.

    I don't know if the scenery in either of these photos rings any bells - I think east coast.
    https://oakvillehistory.pastperfecto...382138#gallery Stranraer
    https://oakvillehistory.pastperfecto...634360#gallery Canso

    Michael

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    Default Re: Seeking RCAF pilot William H Wislon

    Quote Originally Posted by AL90 View Post
    Hi,
    List of Stranraer squadrons, there are a few.
    No. 5 Squadron (Nov 38 Sep 41) Dartmouth
    No. 117 Squadron (Sep 41 Oct 41) North Sydney
    No. 4 Squadron (Jul 39 Sep 43) Jericho then Ucluelet
    No. 6 Squadron (Nov 41 May 43) Ucluelet then Alliford Bay
    No. 7 Squadron (Feb 43 Mar 44) Alliford Bay
    No. 9 Squadron (Dec 41 Apr 43) Bella Bella
    No. 13 Operational Training (OT) Squadron (Oct 41 Nov 42) Sea Island then Patricia Bay
    No. 120 Squadron (Nov 41 Oct 43) Patricia Bay then Coal Harbour
    Was William H Wislon aircrew as they are easier to find on the Squdron ORB's. The records for the above squadrons are on line but can run to 3000 pages for each. Do you have any more information to go on ?
    He is supposed to be a pilot. I have started looking at the ORBs (4 and 5 Sqns so far). Just hunt and check. No luck so far.

    He was born in 1919, so I would suspect him to be in service in the early part of the war.

    Michael

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    Default Re: Seeking RCAF pilot William H Wislon

    Hi Michael,

    Two options:

    R152474 William Harold Wilson (J24132) Pilot comm 5 Mar/44 Item 25 of 82 1943-04-17

    https://recherche-collection-search....ibrary|CanGaz&

    R158021 William Hugh Wilson (J89379) Bomber comm 14 Aug/44 Can Gaz 1945-01-06 Item 31 of 119

    https://recherche-collection-search....=8132&q=J89379

    Wilson WH LAC RCAF R158021 02FEB43

    http://www.rafcommands.com/wp-conten...MP-1927-45.pdf

    Regards

    Mojmir

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    Default Re: Seeking RCAF pilot William H Wislon

    My man is definitely William Hugh Wilson. It is very possible that the family assumed that all aircrew were pilots. Now to find his squadron. Will need to look 1944-45. And a Caterpillar Club pin holder.

    Thank you very much.
    Michael

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    Default Re: Seeking RCAF pilot William H Wislon

    Looking at the crash card for Anson 6851, Wilson is listed as a BA.

    Michael

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