Sergeant Valentine Robertson Wilson (1389001) served in the Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve during the Second World War. He was the eldest son of the late Valentine Wilson and Nellie Wilson, and the stepson of Christine Wilson of Oakfield, Portadown, Co. Armagh.
Sergeant Wilson died on 11th April 1943 aged 28 years old while serving in R.A.F. 115 Squadron. He was the navigator on Avro Lancaster II DS604 KO-B when it took off from R.A.F. East Wretham, Norfolk, England on 10th April 1943 on a night-time raid over Frankfurt, Germany. The bomber came down near Le Thour, France. The operation was a disaster for the Royal Air Force. They lost 108 aircrew and with complete cloud cover, only a paperworks was hit and there were no deaths caused in the city.
Sergeant Wilson’s grave is in Joint Grave 4-5 of Le Thour Communal Cemetery, France. His name is on the Portadown War Memorial, Portadown, Co. Armagh.