View Aircrew Details
Surname WILKIE   Initials D L   First Name DAVID LESSELS  
Decorations DFM  
Rank Sergeant   Unit RAF   Service No. 539504  
Age 24  Deceased 4/10/1943  Previous Squadron  
Comments Originally crewed with A.L. McGrath, may have come from 100 Sqn with that crew which appeared to have completed their tour after 12 missions, but Wilkie obviously had not, or opted to continue.  
Address Edinburgh.  
Cemetery DURNBACH WAR CEMETERYBad Tolz, Bayern, Germany  
Grave Location 9. G. 6.  
Additional Info Son of David and Ann Wilkie, of Edinburgh.  
War Graves Link 2103530  Grave Photo ** YES ** Cemetery Photo ** YES **
Award Date Citation / Reference Squadron
DFM  19/10/1943  539504 Sergeant David Lessels WILKIE, Royal Air Force, No. 156 Squadron.

This airman has completed a large number of sorties during which important and strongly defended targets have been attacked. Sergeant Wilkie is a first class engineer whose skill has contributed materially to the many successes obtained.

His keenness has been highly commendable.

Full Citation from Tavenders's DFM Register.

L.G. 22/10/1943. Sorties 33, Flying hours 206. Flight Engineer. Air2/5011.

This N.C.O. is a first class Engineer, cool and reliable, who has played a large part in the many successes obtained by this crew.
On the night of 9th/10th April, 1943, when returning from Duisberg, a fire broke out in the electrical panel and, had it not been for the very prompt and correct action taken by Sergeant Wilkie, a very nasty situation would undoubtedly arisen.

Sergeant Wilkie has carried out 33 operational sorties against the enemy in Germany and German occupied territory. His keenness for operations is beyong reproach and is a fine example to the rest of the squadron. He is very strongly recommended for the immediate award of the Distinguished Flying Medal.

21st September, 1943. 
Source Date Comments
ORB  5/10/1943  P/O SILVERMAN, F/S STONELY, SGT WILKIE (Missing) Immediate award of D.F.M. 
LG 36219  19/10/1943  DFM Notification