Wilkie was born on Sept. 28, 1917 at Wainwright, Alberta. He was employed in the lumber busines.
He enlisted in the RCAF at Edmonton on August 1941.
He trained at: #3 Manning Depot, Edmonton; #15 SFTS, Claresholme, Alta. M/T Section; #7 ITS, Saskatoon;
#6 EFTS, Prince Albert, (Washed Out); #1 CTS, Trenton (Remustered to AG); #4 B&G, Fingal.
Received Air Gunner wing in June 1942.
He was posted overseas on Motor Ship “Dominion Monarch” arriving at #3 PRC Bourenmouth.
Trained at #20 OTU, Lossiemouth, Scotland; #1658 HCU, Riccall, Yorkshire
Jan 43 to May 43 Linton-on-Ouse; May 43 to July 43 Northallerton - RAF Hospital; Jul 43 to Oct 43 Home on Spalding Moor.
He was posted to #76 Squadron RAF 4 Group Bomber Command, Halifax II’s and V’s.
Original crew at OTU, all RAF - 2 Scots, 1 Irish, 1 English and Self. Picked up HCU; 1 more English and 1 Welsh.
Prison Camps; Stalag Luft III, North Camp and then transfered to Belaria; Stalag Luft IIIA Luchenwalde.
When I arrived in Luft III, I knew that Jim Carrie and the Groupie were POW’s( word had come throgh the Red Cross), so I used them as “references” at my internal interrogation. I was transfered from North Camp to Belaria just before the “Great Escape” took place. After the evacuation from Belaria in January 1945 and the march in sub zero weather, we ended up in Stalag IIIA, Luchenwalde. Liberated by the Russians.
Some of us slipped away and managed to celbrate “VE DAY” in Brussels.
Wilkie was demobbed in Calgary, Alta. on October 1945.
Post war he was in the Lumber and Building Supply Business.
He is married to Dorothy and they have 3 sons, Dale,Martin and Gary. February 6, 2002