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Williston, Albert Alexander
Albert Alexander Williston Flight Sergeant (Rear Gunner) R/176589 514 (RAF) Squadron; Royal Canadian Air Force November 17, 1917 Sydney Mines, NS July 18, 1942 New Glasgow, NS 24 5 feet, 9 inches medium hazel brown Steelworker Single Presbyterian Katherine Williston (Mother) Sydney, NS January 21, 1944 26 Berlin 1939-1945 War Cemetery Commemorated on page 479 of the Second World War Book of Remembrance Displayed in the Memorial Chamber of the Peace Tower in Ottawa on October 13 Flight 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.