Name:Rank:Service No: Service: Date of Birth:Place of Birth:Date of Enlistment:Place of Enlistment:Age at Enlistment Height: Complexion;Eyes:Hair:Trade:Marital Status:Religion:Next of Kin:Date of Death: Age at Death:Cemetery:
Albert Alexander WillistonFlight Sergeant (Rear Gunner)R/176589514 (RAF) Squadron; Royal Canadian Air ForceNovember 17, 1917Sydney Mines, NSJuly 18, 1942New Glasgow, NS245 feet, 9 inchesmediumhazelbrownSteelworkerSinglePresbyterianKatherine Williston (Mother) Sydney, NSJanuary 21, 194426Berlin 1939-1945 War CemeteryCommemorated on page 479 of the Second World War Book of Remembrance Displayed in the Memorial Chamber of the Peace Tower in Ottawa on October 13Flight Sergeant Williston was the son of John H. Williston and Katherine MacLeod Williston, of Sydney, NS. Albert was employed at the Sydney Steel Plant from 1934 until his enlistment in 1942. Having trained in Canada, he went overseas in 1943. On December 12, 1943 he was taken on strength with 514 RAF Squadron.On the night of January 21/22, Lancaster 11 (Aircraft L.L.672 C2) captained and flown by Acting Flight Lieutenant J. M. J. Bourke, with a crew of seven, was detailed for bombing operations over Magdeburg. Flight Sergeant Williston acted as Rear Gunner. The flight failed to return from the operation. The International Red Cross, quoting German information, confirmed the death of Flight Sergeant Williston on July 6, 1944. His brother David Archibald Williston had also served with the Royal Canadian Air Force and died on August 4, 1943.