Book of Remembrance - Volume  I

 

Flight Sergeant William Albert Wright

Royal Canadian Air Force

Son of Harold Hutchinson Wright and Eva Luella Wright, of Pembroke, Ontario, Canada; husband of Margaret Mary Wright, of Pembroke. Age 22, died on 24 Dec 1944, after being attacked by allied aircraft upon returning to his base in Holland. F/S Wright had only been with the Squadron since 02 Dec 1944 and this was his fourth mission. He had recently become the father of a brand new baby girl.

The following entry is from 439's War Operations Record Book (Form 540): Fate was against us on this day before Christmas. On the second operation R74061 f/Sgt Wright W.A. was shot down by a Thunderbolt and is presumed killed. This was quite a blow to us as this N.C.O's wife recently gave birth to a baby daughter and we had barely finished congratulating him. He has 4 sorties to his credit totaling 4:10 operational hours, giving him a grand total of 438:25 flying hours.

The following entry is from 439's War Operations Record Book (Form 541): On returning home, the flight was attacked by two Thunderbolts and broke into them. The Thunderbolts turned with them after damaging Red Three (F/L Sage) in a head long shot, making his aircraft a Cat A. They then shot at Red Four (R/74061 F/S Wright) who went over on his back and straight down in flames at map reference F.1545. He was seen to bail out but his parachute didn't open (presumed killed).

Following entry is from The Canadian Virtual War Memorial website  courtesy of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission.

R/74061 F/S W.A. Wright is buried at RHEINBERG WAR CEMETERY, Germany. 

Grave Reference: 5. A. 8

Webmaster's note: The F/L Sage mentioned above was also killed on this same day on a later mission.

 

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