Pilot Officer I.M. Wilson was the only son of James Lieper Wilson and Grace Lumsden Wilson of Montreal, QC, Canada. He was an RCAF navigator serving with the RAF's 192 Squadron. He died along with three other members of the crew of a Wellington bomber which crashed due to engine failure on the outskirts of the village of Papworth-Everard, Cambridgeshire, England on 23rd January 1943.
His was one of three RAF aircraft that crashed near this village during the war my father's Stirling being one of the two others his having crashed with the loss of 5 of 7 crew on 4/5 October 1941 including my father who was one of the two pilots, the second having successfully baled out. They were shot down by a marauding Luftwaffe night fighter who jumped them as they were preparing to land after operations over Northern France bombing U-boat pens.
The village is attempting to locate the relations of those airmen who lost their lives to make sure their sacrifice is registered in the history of the village. I was found quite by chance some three months ago. I knew nothing about the actual crash site nor indeed or any detail of the engagement that took place above the village on that fateful night. I am reliably informed that a lot is also known about the circumstances of the Wellington's crash based on interviews with eye witnesses and survivors some of this information being of obvious interest to P/O Wilson's family
Where would P/O Wilson's family be now ?
He himself did not marry and as an only son the male line of this Wilson branch would have died out with the death of his father in 1948. According to his father's obit published in the May 5th edition of the Montreal Gazette P/O Wilson had two sisters, of whom one was married.
She was listed as Mrs A Lumsden of Winnipeg, Manitoba. Interestingly his mother second name was Lumsden so his sister may have married back into the Lumsden family and moved to Winnipeg where the Lumsden name would appear to well established with streets and buildings named Lumsden
It would seem likely therefore that if there are any relations of P/O Wilson still alive they would likely be his nieces or nephews and likely living in Winnipeg or on the Prairies or somewhere in Western Canada.
I was found in Ontario after 70 years so maybe the village of Papworth Everard will strike lucky again with a second Canadian find !
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