Wilson, Alan McDonald (No. 1126225)

Wilson, Alan McDonald (Alan)

Flight Sergeant (Navigator/Bomber)

No. 1126225, 356 Squadron, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve

Killed on active service on Saturday 16 September 1944 (aged 21)

Buried:

Taukkyan War Cemetery, Myanmar (Collective Grave 28. F. 8-17)

Commemorated:

Commonwealth War Graves Commission

Bangor and District War Memorial

Wesley Centenary Methodist Church, Bangor

BIOGRAPHY

Alan McDonald Wilson was the elder son of James and Mary I. Wilson of 92 Seacliff Road, Bangor.  Before the war he worked as a clerk and he enlisted in October 1940 (he understated his age).  He had training in England before going to the USA (via Canada) for further training under the Arnold Scheme.  He transferred from pilot to navigation training and was posted to South Africa.  He returned to England before being posted to India in December 1943 (he arrived in February 1944) to serve with 356 Squadron.  This Squadron was formed on 15 January 1944 at Salbani, Bengal, India as a long-range bomber unit equipped with Consolidator B-24 Liberator aircraft.  The squadron developed techniques for low-level bombing relatively small, dispersed targets in Burma (Myanmar) and Siam (Thailand).

Initially Flight Sergeant Alan McDonald Wilson (No. 1126225) was posted as missing in action on 16 September 1944 and some ten months later, in July 1945, it was officially confirmed that he had been killed while on operations in Burma.  He was one of a crew of ten aboard a Consolidator B-24 Liberator aircraft (EW114) that took off from RAF Salbani at 6.05 am on a mission to bomb Maymyo Railway Station.  Over the target area his aircraft and another Liberator aircraft (EV902 of 355 Squadron) collided while they were flying in formation and crashed.  In addition to Flight Sergeant Alan McDonald Wilson the other nine crew members aboard EW114 who died were:

  • Flight Sergeant John Edward Carr
  • Flight Sergeant Raymond Henry Chapman (aged 21) from Peterborough, Northamptonshire
  • Flight Sergeant John James Collins
  • Flight Sergeant William Henry Dobson (aged 22) from Bermondsey, London
  • Sergeant Charles Gilbert Griffiths (aged 19) from Newmarket, Suffolk
  • Flight Sergeant Douglas Desmond Holmes (aged 21) from Abergavenny, Monmouthshire
  • Flight Sergeant Stanley Mason (aged 23) from Wingate, Co. Durham
  • Sergeant Victor John Vallin (aged 30) from Camelford, Cornwall
  • Sergeant Peter George Waghorn (aged 19) from Shirley, Southampton

Seven of the ten crew members aboard EV902 were also killed.  The three survivors were taken Prisoner-of-War and held in Rangoon Jail.

Flight Sergeant Alan McDonald Wilson (No. 1126225) was 21 when he died, and he was buried in Taukkyan War Cemetery.  There is an inscription on his CWGC headstone:

TREASURED MEMORIES OF OUR DEAR SON ALAN.

ALL AT HOME AT BANGOR N. IRELAND

Flight Sergeant Alan McDonald Wilson (No. 1126225) is commemorated on Bangor and District War Memorial and in Wesley Centenary Methodist Church, Bangor.