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Flt/Lt. Clem Wilson D.F.C.

Serial Number: 175725 / 1578298
RAF Trade:
Navigator 2, H2S Operator
Date of Enlistment: August 1941

Rank Achieved: Flight Lieutenant
Operational Sorties:  7 Ops with 103 Squadron,
48 Ops with 156 Squadron, 1 Op with 635 Sqn.

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Personal Details: Clem was born in Rugby in Nov 1922, to Clem and Eva Wilson, and attended Lawrence Sherrif School.

Service Record: 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 training.
Posted to 103 Squadron No 1 Group on 12 January 1944 RAF Elsham Wolds..

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 Leader.
56th operational sortie to the Hague, Holland - mercy food mission - from RAF Downham, Market 635 Squadron around May 8 1945.
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.

As stated above, Clem first served on 103 Squadron before
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.

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 border.

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.

All photos are the Copyright of Clem Wilson D.F.C., we thank him for sharing them with us.

Thanks also to Ian Lambert, Clem's son in law, for his assistance in setting up this page.