LOCAL AIRMAN KILLED - The Free Press Turns 115 years Old

January 30, 1942

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Flight Lieut. W. J. Dyson mention in the following article, was well known in Fernie, where a few years ago he worked for the Kootenay Telephone Lines. He played on the Fernie hockey team one season.

“Aboard an R.C.A.F transport plane which crashed and exploded near MacGregor, Manitoba, late Monday night, Flight Lieutenant W. J. Dyson, of Calgary, was one of seven persons who met instant death. The names of the other six victims of the crash have not yet been released.

A light snow was falling as the big plane, roaring eastward, hurtled down on the farm of Carl Anderson, three miles northwest of MacGregor. The wreckage was being examined today by Air Force officials.

Flight Lieut. Dyson, son of Mr. and Mrs. W. J. Dyson, 1616 Bowness road, was born in Winnipeg in 1906, and took his training in Eastern Canada.

In February 1941, Flight Lieut. Dyson was injured in an airplane crash south of Ottawa. The flying student whom he was instructing was killed in the accident.

Flight Lieut. Dyson was a member of the Masonic order, and was well known in the sports circles. He is survived by his wife, who lives in Victoria, his parents, three sisters and two brothers, of Calgary.

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