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Gill Robb Wilson (September 18, 1892 – September 8, 1966) [1] was an American pilot, Presbyterian minister, and military advocate.[2]


He was born in Clarion County, Pennsylvania to a Robb and Gill I. Wilson, on September 18, 1892.[3][4][5] He was a member of the Lafayette Flying Corps (not the Lafayette Escadrille) having served with French Escadrille Br. 117 during World War I, and he became director of aviation in New Jersey in 1930, and later the first director of the Civil Air Patrol.[6] In World War II, he was a correspondent for the Herald Tribune. He died in Los Angeles County, California. Wilson was also the author of a book of poetry, which included some pieces on World War I aviation, and the autobiographical work, I Walked with Giants, Vantage Press, 1968.[6][7] He was married and had a daughter.[5]



  1. ^ The California Death Index incorrectly lists his birth as 18 September 1893
  2. ^ "Marriage". New York Times. September 28, 1930. "Gill Robb Wilson of The Fourth Presbyterian Church. The bride was given in Marriage by her father. She wore a gown of white satin trimmed with duchess lace ..."  
  3. ^ Gill Robb Wilson in the World War I Draft, 1917-1918 uses September 18, 1892
  4. ^ The Social Security Death Index uses September 18, 1892
  5. ^ a b "Daughter of Gill Robb Wilsons Married to George Denison in Church at Cranbury". New York Times. May 14, 1950, Sunday. "Cranbury, New Jersey, May 13, 1950. Miss Margaret Robb Wilson, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Gill Robb Wilson of Trenton, was married here to George Denison, son of Mrs. William T. Denison and the late Mr. Denison, this afternoon in the First Presbyterian Church. The ceremony was performed by the Rev. William Felmeth, assisted by the Rev. Dr. Gill I. Wilson, grandfather of the bride."  
  6. ^ a b "History Northeat Region, Civil Air Patrol". Civil Air Patrol. Retrieved 2007-07-21.  
  7. ^ "History of Civil Air Patrol" (PDF). Retrieved 2007-02-14.  


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