born in Rugby in Nov 1922, to Clem and Eva Wilson, and attended Lawrence Sherrif School.
1578298 AC2 WILSON C. RAFVR
30 OTU (Operational Training Unit) RAF Hixon
September Wellington 1667 HCU (Heavy Conversion Unit) RAF
Faldingworth, Lincolnshire. November Halifax, December Lancaster.
Briefly posted to RAF Finningley (Operational Station) for final
Posted to 103 Squadron No 1 Group on 12 January 1944 RAF Elsham
Lancaster ND381 Ops. Magdeburg, 27 & 28 & 30 January Berlin
Transferred to 156 PFF Squadron on February 4 1944 RAF Upwood.
Last op to Frieburg 27 November 1944 after 55 ops.
Link Trainer until March 1945 at RAF Upwood.
H2S (Radar) Leader at 635 PFF Squadron RAF Downham Market an
important post which carried the Acting, unpaid rank of Squadron
56th operational sortie to the Hague, Holland - mercy food
mission - from RAF Downham, Market 635 Squadron around May 8
Further H2S training and X-country flying until September 1945.
Posted back to RAF Upwood as GD INT 21/101945.
Posted to the Middle East 26/01/1946 RAF Fanara, then RAF Fayid
205 Group, then RAF Shallufa. Demobbed April 1947.
Clem played Soccer & Rugby for Wing, Group and Middle East and
was a good boxer. He was offered 'papers for Warwickshire County
Cricket before the war but was unable to take advantage.
joining 156 Squadron and appearing on his first op to Stuttgart
in March 1944. His first month on 156 Squadron was to see
another op to Stuttgart, two to Frankfurt, one to Berlin and
ending the month on the infamous raid to Nuremburg where the
Squadron lost 4 out of twenty aircraft of Bomber Command losses
totalling 97 aircraft.
As stated above,
Clem first served on 103 Squadron before
In the period May to early July pre invasion targets such
as Rail Marshalling yards were attacked and also V1 launch sites
in France. Several of these raids were daylight operations.
From July until the end of his tour it was back to targets deep
in Germany, his last mission being to Freiburg, near the Swiss
At the completion of his operational tour he remained at 156
Squadron for some time in the role of Intelligence and was
awarded the acting rank of Squadron Leader before his transfer
to 635 Squadron PFF.