Bomber Command navigator makes amazing discovery about wartime aircraft which crashed over Berlin

The Bomber Command Memorial in Green Park, London
The Bomber Command Memorial in Green Park, London

A book about a wartime bomber which plunged into Berlin in 1944 featuring a crewman from Bedford has just been published.

Into The Dark, by Bomber Command navigator Reginald Wilson and Janet Hughes (née Wilson), investigates what happened to the aircraft, where the late John Bushell was among the crew.

The story concerns a Bomber Command navigator, Reg Wilson, who was shot down over Berlin, saw out the war as a prisoner and then made a startling discovery 60 years after the event.

One of Reg’s crew was the late John Bushell who features in the book and lived with his family in Bedford.

On January 20, 1944 Bomber Command Navigator Reginald Wilson’s Halifax, LW337, comes into the sights of an ace Luftwaffe night fighter pilot, and is blown from the darkness above the German capital Berlin.

Reg, yet to celebrate his twenty-first birthday, plunges into the dark and parachutes to safety, becoming a prisoner-of-war. The experience of being shot down, however, will haunt him for the rest of his life.

In July 2005 Reg embarks on a seemingly impossible quest to discover the fate of his aircraft. Undeterred by the scepticism of family, friends and military archivists, Reg uses the internet and his natural aptitude for problem solving to piece together exactly what happened to the Halifax he last saw plunging towards a Berlin suburb, 61 years previously.

Reg’s persistence leads to a most remarkable discovery – something he never anticipated. His life is changed. Perhaps, more importantly, the discovery will change for the better the lives of others he has yet to meet.

Steve Darlow of Fighting High publishing: “This is an extraordinary Second World War biography. Reg’s war story and his subsequent journey of discovery is quite remarkable. Into The Dark has everything, starting with the trials of a young man at war, to surviving combat and coming to terms with the loss of friends, and his astonishing discovery six decades after the night that shaped his life.”

Into The Dark is on general release and available through online and high street retailers or direct via Fighting High Publishing, Tel. +44 (0)1763 802018. (Trade orders through Casemate –, +44(0)1865 241249.