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1501266   Sergeant Andrew James Normandale Wilson
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Dated added: 30/12/2015   Last updated: 24/03/2020
Personal Details
Regiment/Service: 76 Squadron, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve (British Air Force)
Died: 12/06/1943 (Killed in Action)
Age: 22
Summary      
Andrew James Normandale Wilson was the son of Harry Pringle Wilson and Ruby Wilson. Andrew was born about 1921. On 12th June 1943 at 1.40am, a Halifax V of the 76 Squadron was shot down about four kilometres south of Bladel. Bladel is a small town in southern Holland, only three kilometres from the Belgian border. The pilot was Sergeant Andrew James Normandale Wilson who, with five other crew members, was killed. There was one survivor, the navigator, Sergeant Y E S Lobban. Sergeant Pilot Andrew James Normandale Wilson is buried in Eindhoven Woensel General Cemetery, Noord-Brabant, a few kilometres east of Bladel.
Further Information
Andrew James Normandale Wilson was the son of Harry Pringle Wilson and Ruby Wilson. Andrew was born about 1921.
76 Squadron R.A.F was formed in September 1916 at Ripon, Yorkshire as a Home Defence unit and was disbanded June 1919.
It was re-formed in April 1937 at Finningley, Yorkshire - equipped with Wellesleys. It was re-equipped with Hampdens and Ansons by the outbreak of WWII and assumed the role as a training unit (Group No. 5).
In September 1939 it transferred to Upper Heyford and absorbed into No. 16 OTU.
In May 1941 it reformed in Yorkshire as a Halifax heavy bomber squadron. Targets included industrial centres, railways, channel ports, gun batteries, etc. The squadron made history on April 10 1942 by dropping the first 8000 lb High Capacity bomb in a raid on Essen.
Two further highlights of its war record were its participation in a series of three attacks on the Tirpitz in the Trondheim area in March and April 1942, and in the heavy raid on Peenemunde in August 1943.
In addition to operating in Europe, 76 Squadron, or more accurately, a detachment from it, operated in the Middle East for a while in 1942 and then merged with a detachment from No. 10 Squadron to become No. 462 Squadron.
Halifax bomber
On 12th June 1943 at 1.40am, a Halifax V of the 76 Squadron (Serial Number DK170) was shot down about four kilometres south of Bladel. Bladel is a small town in southern Holland, only three kilometres from the Belgian border.
The bomber was shot down by a German fighter of II / NJG1. The pilot was Sergeant Andrew James Normandale Wilson who, with five other crew members, was killed. There was one survivor, the navigator, Sergeant Y E S Lobban.
Sergeant Wilson was commanding his crew on his very first operation in Halifax DK170.
Sergeant Pilot Andrew James Normandale Wilson is buried in Eindhoven Woensel General Cemetery, Noord-Brabant, a few kilometres east of Bladel.
Sergeant Pilot Andrew James Normandale Wilson is also commemorated on a plaque in the chancel of Castlecaulfield Presbyterian Church, Dungannon
World War 1939-1945. The chancel of this church was erected by the members of the congregation to the glory of God and in memory of Sgt. Pilot Andrew James Normandale Wilson R.A.F. Killed in Action 12th June 1943 and in appreciation of those members of the congregation who also served.
The CWGC record Son of Harry Pringle Wilson and Ruby Wilson, of Donaghmore, Co. Tyrone, Northern Ireland
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Relevant Dungannon Area Locations
No Location Region Location Notes Longtitude Latitude
1 Donaghmore Donaghmore CWGC lists parents in Donaghmore 54.530919 -6.812493
References and Links
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1 Aviation Safety - DK170 Details of crew and loss
2 Bomber Command No.76 Squadron Details of No.76 Squadron
3 Dutch Airwar Studygroup Details of crew and loss
4 FindAGrave.com Photo of Sergeant Andrew J N Wilson's gravestone
5 Graves Foundation Brabant Details and grave photo
6 Halifax heavy bomber, Lost Details of Flight Sargent John Lobhan, survivor
7 International Bomber Command Details of crew and loss
8 RAF Commands - DK170 Details of crew and loss
9 War Graves Photographic Project Photo of Sergeant Andrew J N Wilson's gravestone can be purchased here
10 WWII Netherlands Escape Lines Brief details of Flight Sargent John Lobhan, survivor
Dungannon District's War Dead Acknowledgements 2015-2021