The Crew of Torchy Tess
Mark Wilson of Ottawa sends us a photo of his father, Stanley Wilson (second, from left), as a member of the air crew that flew the Halifax bomber Torchy Tess. The crew flew 28 missions starting in January 1945 as part of 415 (Swordfish) Squadron, stationed in East Moor, England.
Wilson, who was the navigator, kept his log book. “It is very operational but you can read how they ran out of fuel on one mission and had to make an emergency landing in Belgium,” said Mark Wilson. His father returned to Ottawa after the war and had a career selling televisions and appliances.
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