Rex Kerslake WILSON DFM

WILSON, Rex Kerslake

Service Number: 407088
Enlisted: 27 May 1940, Adelaide
Last Rank: Sergeant
Last Unit: No. 3 Squadron (RAAF)
Born: Adelaide, South Australia, 11 September 1919
Home Town: Glen Osmond, Burnside, South Australia
Schooling: Rose Park Public, Prince Alfred College, Kent Town & Adelaide University, South Australia,
Occupation: Bank Clerk
Died: Flying Battle, El Adem, Libya, Middle East, 9 December 1941, aged 22 years
Cemetery: No known grave - "Known Unto God"
Memorials: Adelaide WW2 Wall of Remembrance, Alamein Memorial (El Alamein), Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Brisbane No 3 Squadron Roll of Honour, Sydney Commonwealth Bank Adelaide WW2 Honour Board
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World War 2 Service

27 May 1940: Involvement Sergeant, 407088
27 May 1940: Enlisted Adelaide
27 May 1940: Enlisted Royal Australian Air Force, Sergeant, 407088
9 Dec 1941: Involvement Royal Australian Air Force, Sergeant, 407088, No. 3 Squadron (RAAF), Syria - Operation Exporter
20 Jan 1942: Honoured Distinguished Flying Medal
Date unknown: Involvement

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Biography contributed by Elizabeth Allen

Rex Kerslake WILSON was born in Adelaide, South Australia on 11th September, 1919

His parents were Norman WILSON & Mary Emmeline TILBROOK

Rex was considered an Air Ace Fighter Pilot and was awarded the Distinguished Flying Medal posthumously (see links for further details)

He died in a Flying Battle in the Middle East on 9th December, 1941 - his name is memorialised on the Australian War Memorial & the Alamein Memorial


His brother Cecil Norman WILSON (SN SX 4092) served in the Australian Army during WW2 and was discharged in 1945


Biography contributed by David Barlow

Sergeant Wilson DFM 407088 in Tomahawk AN457 of 3SQN was killed when his aircraft was shot down by a German fighter south of El Adem in Libya

He has an entry in the book "Aces High" by Christopher Shores