Wilkerson (DSS)

The Squadron’s Operations Record Book shows that DSS Wilkerson was the Captain of a 35 Squadron aircraft on the following sorties:

  1. 10/10/1941 Essen
  2. 12/10/1941 Nuremberg
  3. 14/10/1941 Nuremberg
  4. 20/10/1941 Wilhelmshaven
  5. 22/10/1941 Mannheim (Incident)
  6. 26/10/1941 Hamburg
  7. 31/10/1941 Hamburg
  8. 25/11/1941 Brest
  9. 30/11/1941 Hamburg
  10. 18/12/1941 Brest
  11. 30/12/1941 Brest (Incident)

The following shows the composition of his crew on these sorties, along with the number of sorties undertaken by each airman as part of his crew (as recorded in the squadron’s Operations Record Book). Details of all flights (including training flights) will be recorded in their Flying Log Books:

(Pilot) David Scott Shearman Wilkerson11
(2nd Pilot)Douglas Rowley-Blake1
Dudley Herman Reed5
John Stanley Gearing4
Leslie John Nelmes1
(Observer)Ian Hewitt11
(WOP / AG)Arthur Roy Kilminster2
Charles Witcher2
David Lionel Perry8
Donald Edgar Rarity4
Francis Montague Davis2
John Stewart Morrison1
Stanley Frank Hazleton2
Walter Montague Gordon Wing1
(Air Gunner)– Sankey8
George Barry Pennell1
Richard Charles Rivaz2
(Flight Engineer)Donald Harrington Craig8
Frank Stewart3


1. Having been posted from No. 58 Squadron in June 1941, he flew as 2nd Pilot (various crews) before being posted back to No 58 Squadron. He rejoined No. 35 Squadron in September 1941

2. He was posted out of the squadron in December 1941, but appears to have flown as the Captain of a 35 Squadron aircraft on 30th May and 1st June 1942 (presumably whilst he was on strength of No. 28 Conversion Flight) with the following crew:

(Pilot) David Scott Shearman Wilkerson2
(Observer)Alfred Ernest Webster2
(WOP / AG)Norman Moffatt2
Patrick William Kenealy Crisp2
(Air Gunner)Mark Anthony Sachs2
(Flight Engineer)George Richard Bradley2

Posting Dates

WilkersonDavid Scott ShearmanIn From:58 Squadron10/06/1941
Out to:58 Squadron 05/07/1941
In From: 58 Squadron 15/09/1941
Out to: 28 Conv. Flt. 28/12/1941