War veteran tells story of ‘life-changing’ discovery

Reg Wilson and his daughter, Janet Hughes, with copies of Into the Dark.
Reg Wilson and his daughter, Janet Hughes, with copies of Into the Dark.

A Bomber Command navigator who was based at RAF Pocklington during World War Two has published a book recounting his experience of the conflict.

Reg Wilson was shot down over Berlin in January 1944, and although the then 20-year-old escaped with his life thanks to his parachute, he spent the remainder of WWII as a prisoner of war.

More than 60 years later, in July 2005, Reg embarked on a seemingly impossible mission to discover the fate of the Halifax LW337 bomber that he was flying in after it plunged from the sky into a Berlin suburb.

Undeterred by the scepticism of family, friends and military archivists, Reg used the internet and a natural aptitude for problem solving to piece together exactly what happened to plane 61 years previously.

Reg’s persistence led him to a most remarkable discovery – something he said that he “never anticipated” and one that has “changed his life”.

Steve Darlow from Fighting High Publishing – the publisher of Into the Dark – told the Pocklington Post: “This is an extraordinary Second World War biography.

“Reg’s war story and his subsequent journey of discovery is quite remarkable.

“Into the Dark has everything, starting with the trials of a young man at war, to surviving combat and coming to terms with the loss of friends, and his astonishing discovery six decades after the night that shaped his life.”

Reg’s book, which he wrote with the help of his daughter Janet Hughes, is available through online and high street retailers or directly from www.fightinghigh.com or on (01763) 802018.