Canadian Virtual War Memorial

Albert Alexander Williston

In memory of:

Flight Sergeant Albert Alexander Williston

January 21, 1944

Military Service


Service Number:

R/176589

Age:

27

Force:

Air Force

Unit:

Royal Canadian Air Force

Division:

514 (R.A.F.) Squadron (Nil Obstare Potest)

Additional Information


Son of John H. Williston and Katherine MacLeod Williston, of Sydney, Nova Scotia. His brother David Archibald Williston had also served with the Royal Canadian Air Force and died on August 4, 1943.

Commemorated on Page 479 of the Second World War Book of Remembrance. Request a copy of this page.

Burial Information


Cemetery:
Grave Reference:

8. K. 1.

Location:

The BERLIN 1939-1945 WAR CEMETERY is in the district of Charlottenburg, 8 kilometres west of the city centre, on the south side of the Heerstrasse. From Theodor Heuss Platz in the district of Charlottenburg near the exhibition hall complex and next to the olympic stadium, follow signs for Spandau, proceeding along the Heerstrasse. The Cemetery lies on the Heerstrasse on the left hand side of the road and 3 kilometres from Theodor Heuss Platz. Visitors should drive beyond the BERLIN 1939-1945 WAR CEMETERY to the traffic lights, then turn left directly onto a small one way street running parallel to the Heerstrasse. The Cemetery entrance is on this small one way road.

Information courtesy of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission.

Digital Collection

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  • Photo of Albert Williston– From the Sydney Academy Memorial booklet, published by the Student's Assembly in memory of former students who served during the Second World War.  The original pictures were supplied by the Sydney Post-Record and the booklet was compiled by Jack Wilcox, class of 1946 and Donald Trivett, class of 1947.
Additional Information courtesy of Floyd Williston:
F/Sgt. Albert Alexander Williston, age 26, was killed on January 21, 1944, when 514 Squadron Lancaster LL672, in which he was tail gunner, was shot down near Magdeburg, Germany, by Major Prinz Heinrich zu Sayn Wittgenstein. Major Wittgenstein's Ju 88 was also shot down. Post-war, Wittgenstein was re-buried in the German Military Cemetery in Northern Holland, and F/Sgt. Williston was re-buried in the Berlin War Cemetery. References to Albert Williston may be found in the biographical work: Laurels for Prinz Wittgenstein, published in England in 1994, and, in an earlier book: Bombers Over Berlin. A major chapter in the book: Through Footless Halls of Air, by Floyd Williston, is devoted to the life, and final flights of F/Sgt. Albert Williston,  and his younger brother, F/Sgt. David Williston.
  • Letter from the Sydney Academy
  • Stained Glass Window– Photo Credit: Marilyn Gurney 
This memorial at Bethel Presbyterian Church, Sydney Forks, Nova Scotia is dedicated to Albert and David Williston. It was erected by their mother, Catherine Williston.

[stained glass window/vitrail]
[The wording is not clear in the photo./Le texte n’est pas clair sur la photo.]
HOLD I STAND AT THE DOOR AND KNOCK [?]
IN LOVING MEMORY OF SONS
F/S ALBERT WILLISTON AND F/S DAVID WILLISTON
GIVEN BY THEIR MOTHER CATHERINE WILLISTON
  • Memorial– Flight Sergeant Albert Alexander Williston is also commemorated on the Bomber Command Memorial Wall in Nanton, AB … photo courtesy of Marg Liessens
  • Memorial– Flight Sergeant Albert Alexander Williston is also commemorated on the Bomber Command Memorial Wall in Nanton, AB … photo courtesy of Marg Liessens
  • Memorial– Father J P Lardie's comments as inscribed on the Bomber Command Memorial Wall in Nanton, AB … photo courtesy of Marg Liessens

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