Wilkinson, Reginald Eric

Date of death:
November 27th, 1944
Buried on:
Commonwealth War Graves Brussels Town Cemetery
Plot: X. Row: 26. Grave: 47.
Service number:
124557
Nationality:
British (1801-present, Kingdom)

Biography

On Sunday, November 26, 1944, at 2048h, a Lockheed-Hudson bomber of the No. 161 Squadron took off from RAF Tempsford. On board were 4 members of crew: Wilkinson, the pilot, Weddell the navigator, the radio operator, Champion, and Ash, the machine gunner. Their mission was to parachute an intelligence agent, Paul Penczock, alias Paul Woderski, behind the enemy lines close to the town of Arnstadt in Germany which is situated near the Polish border. On its return, towards 0200h in the morning, the bomber was flying to the North-East of Houffalize when it unfortunately crashed in a meadow near to “Drogny”, 1 km to the south of Brisy. The bodies were buried in the military cemetery of Evère, close to Brussels.

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Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Acting Flight Lieutenant
Unit:
No. 138 Squadron, Royal Air Force (No. 138 Squadron, Royal Air Force)
Awarded on:
October 15th, 1943
Distinguished Flying Cross (DFC)
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Acting Flight Lieutenant
Awarded on:
June 8th, 1944
Mentioned in Despatches
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Squadron Leider (Squadron Leader)
Unit:
Royal Air Force
Awarded on:
July 3rd, 1945
Royal decree no.27
Vliegerkruis (VK)

Sources

  • - Third Supplement to The London Gazette Issue 36211 published on the 12 October 1943
    - Supplement to The London Gazette Issue 36544 published on the 2 June 1944
    - Fourth Supplement to The London Gazette Issue 37329 published on the 26 October 1945
    - The Dutch Medals Page
    - Commonwealth War Graves Commission
    - WW2TALK