Thomas John Wilson

Sergeant Thomas John Wilson, known as Jack, died on 28th September 1943 while serving in the Royal Air Force's Bomber Command over Germany.


Thomas John Wilson


Known as Jack, Sergeant Thomas John Wilson flew with a Royal Canadian Air Force Squadron as part of Bomber Command during the Second World War.

Sergeant Thomas John Wilson (1498723) served in the Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve during the Second World War. Known as Jack, he was the eldest son of Thomas Wilson and Sarah Agnes Wilson of 5 Upper Charleville Street, Belfast.

Jack lived at Lower Tannybrake, Ballymena, Co. Antrim, and worked for Messrs. Lipton’s at York Street, Belfast before the outbreak of the Second World War. After enlisting in the Royal Air Force, he flew with R.C.A.F. 428 (Ghost) Squadron.

He died on 28th September 1943 aged 23 years old when Handley Page Halifax EB215 NA-T went down near Oosterhof, Netherlands following a bombing raid over Hamburg, Germany. The crew took off at 1917hrs the previous day from R.A.F. Middleton St. George, Durham, England. Anti-Aircraft fire took down the Mark V bomber at 0017hrs killing 6 of the 7 crew members on board. The survivor managed to bale out as the Halifax exploded in mid-air.

Remembering the crew of Halifax EB215

Last Name First Name(s) Rank Role Information
Farmer John Ernest Sergeant Pilot R.A.F.V.R. 1338093. Killed.
Griffin D.A.J. Sergeant Navigator R.A.F.V.R. 1497289. Prisoner of War.
Mussen William Edward Sergeant Air Gunner R.A.F. 618204. Killed.
Satchell John Walter Sergeant Flight Engineer R.A.F.V.R. 1801758. Killed.
Springett Eric Turner Sergeant Wireless Operator / Air Gunner R.A.F.V.R. 1336371. Killed.
Stuart Alfred Sergeant Air Gunner R.A.F.V.R. 1121371. Killed.
Wilson Thomas John "Jack" Sergeant Bomb Aimer R.A.F.V.R. 1498723. Killed.

Thomas John Wilson’s grave is in Grave 691 of Epe General Cemetery, Vaassen, Netherlands. His headstone bears the inscription:

Gone to be with Christ which is far better.