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Flying Officer Vernon Gilson - RCAF

 
Flying Officer Vernon Gilson was piloting Halifax Mk.VII NP744 coded EQ-K during a daylight operation to Dusseldorf on November 2, 1944. The aircraft departed Linton-on-Ouse at 1618hrs but crashed behind allied lines in Belgium, four of the seven man crew perished in the crash, including F/O Vernon Gilson.

The crew consisted of:

Name

Service

Trade

Hometown

Age

F/O Vernon Gilson

RCAF

Pilot

Victoria, British Columbia

22

Sgt A. Anderson - POW

RAFVR

Flight Engineer

-

-

F/O Donald Staples

RCAF

Navigator

Regina, Saskatchewan

25

F/O Louis Reaume

RCAF

Bomb Aimer

-

-

P/O D. Woodworth - POW

RCAF

W/Op/AG

-

-

F/Sgt W. Sutton - POW

RCAF

Air Gunner

-

-

P/O Allan Ineson

RCAF

Air Gunner

Kitchener, Ontario

19

 

 

 
  Photo courtesy of Simon Jeffs.