S/Cst. James Frederick WILSON, Jr. – January 8, 1986

Reg. # S/3015, S/Cst. James Frederick WILSON, Jr.

January 8, 1986       Wollaston Lake, Saskatchewan

S/Cst. WILSON was born at Sherbrooke, Quebec on September 10, 1955 to James and Marie WILSON.  His siblings were brother, Ron and sisters Patricia and Christine.  He attended Champlain Regional College at Lennoxville, Que.  He enjoyed photography; was a member of the school band and certified in Scuba.  He engaged in the RCMP at Montreal on March 17, 1975 as a member of Troop 37 with regimental number 32408.  Upon graduating Basic Recruit Training on September 15, 1975, he was transferred to Manitou Detachment in Manitoba.

On May 15, 1976, he married Deborah Claire Lynes of Pilot Mound, Manitoba in the St. John’s Anglican Church in Pilot Mound.

On January 9, 1978, S/Cst. WILSON was transferred to Norway House, Manitoba.

On November 7, 1979, a daughter, Noelle Kathleen Marie Wilson was born at St. Boniface General Hospital in Winnipeg, Manitoba.

On July 20, 1980, he was transferred to Flin Flon, Manitoba.  On April 13, 1981, a son, Tyler Andrew James WILSON was born at Flin Flon.

On October 27, 1981, S/Cst. WILSON transferred to Montreal, Quebec and served on GIS and the Drug Unit.  He acquired his Commercial Pilot’s licence and on September 13, 1982, he was assessed at Uplands Air Detachment, Ottawa for suitability as a Pilot for the Force.  As result, he was placed on the waiting list.

On December 17, 1984, he transferred to Lac La Biche, Alberta.

After being on the waiting list for six years, on September 28, 1985, he converted to Regimental # S/3015, S/Cst. LES-AC-01 and was transferred to Prince Albert Air Services pilot training at Prince Albert, Saskatchewan.

S/Cst. BOSKILL was at the controls when he and S/Cst. WILSON and two government employees took off for an inspection of RCMP buildings in northern Saskatchewan.  Accompanying the two policemen were Jim MURRAY, the assistant property manger for “F’ Division, and Arvid LUNDQUIST, an employee of the Department of Public Works from Saskatoon.  On Tuesday, the foursome flew from La Ronge to Pinehouse and then back home again in the evening.  On Wednesday the eighth, the same four flew from La Ronge to Wollaston Lake, which lies in the frozen northeast corner of the province.  Here they were to examine the construction of a new detachment building.  At 1:00 pm, after completing their inspection at Wollaston Lake, they boarded the RCMP single engine Beaver aircraft (CF-MPQ) to fly to Fond du Lac.  This settlement is located on Lake Athabasca in the most northerly section of the province near the border of the Northwest Territories.

Their take-off was normal enough, but they were no sooner airborne when the plane banked and began turning back – presumably in attempt to return to the runway.  It was in that turn that the wing tip struck the ice of the lake and flipped the aircraft into a horrible crash.  The airplane was demolished and all four men on board were killed.  It was later determined that the probable cause of the crash was engine failure.

A prayer service was held on January 11, 1986 at St. David Anglican Church Hall,

Prince Albert, Saskatchewan.  A funeral service was held on January 13, 1986at St. Saviours Anglican Church in Winnipeg with interment in the Brookside Cemetery.

S/Cst. James WILSON left behind his wife, Deborah, and their two young children.   At the opening of the new detachment building at Wollaston Lake in September 1986, a plaque was unveiled to commemorate the four public servants who died during its construction in the crash of RCMP aircraft CF-MPQ.

(Personnel File reviewed.  Photo available).