Lambton at War


The Second World War

Albert James Watson

My father, Albert James Watson was born on December 19, 1905 at RR 1 Wyoming to Frances (Fanny) and Wellington Watson.  He and his family lived in Callander ON.

Albert joined the RAF in 1940 and was sent overseas.  It later became RCAF and he was stationed at Digby with the 411 Squadron until 1945.

He was on many secret missions which were not discussed.  He was the Sgt. of the 411 ground crew who serviced the Spitfires. He was the only Canadian ground crew to be requisitioned by the U.S. Navy to serve aboard the Aircraft Carrier WASP.  He made three trips to Malta with them as they delivered planes to that island. It nearly broke his spirit as he watched “his flyboys” being shot down into the Mediterranean.

Albert carried a small New Testament that his mother had given him throughout the war.   He died on August 10, 1995 or 1996.

His brother, Harold Watson, was a career RCAF officer.

Submitted by Thora (Watson) MacDonald, Sarnia