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Collins, Ray Warren Buddy (Flight Sergeant)

Killed in Action 1943-September-04

Birth Date: 1923 (age 20)

Home: Toronto, Ontario

50 (B) Sqn- Squadron (RAF)
Sic Fidem Servamus (Thus we keep faith)
RAF Skellingthorpe
Flight Sergeant
Air Chief MarshalA/C/M
Air MarshalA/M
Air Vice MarshalA/V/M
Air CommodoreA/C
Group CaptainG/C
Wing CommanderW/C
Squadron LeaderS/L
Flight LieutenantF/L
Flying OfficerF/O
Pilot OfficerP/O
Warrant Officer 1st ClassWO1
Warrant Officer 2nd ClassWO2
Flight SergeantFS
Senior AircraftmanSAC
Leading AircraftmanLAC
Aircraftman 1st ClassAC1
Aircraftman 2nd ClassAC2
Bomb Aimer
Service Numbers

Took off from Skellingthorpe at 20:11 in Lancaster Mk III (Sqn code VN-Q Bomber Command on a night operation to Berlin Germany.

The aircraft was shot up by a night fighter and engaged by flak, eventually crashing at Vielitz, Vielitzsee, Brandenburg Germany.

Killed includes Collins: F/O Percy Hornby Coates RCAF J/11566 KIA Berlin 1939-1945 War Cemetery grave 7. J. 23. F/O Jack Morgan Lauder RCAF J/22357 KIA Berlin 1939-1945 War Cemetery grave 7. J. 26. Sgt Anthony Richard Duncan Bedbrook RAF KIA Berlin 1939-1945 War Cemetery grave 7. J. 25. Sgt George Banks Buchan RAF KIA Berlin 1939-1945 War Cemetery grave 7. J. 27. Sgt Reginald Gordon Cooper RAF KIA Berlin 1939-1945 War Cemetery grave 7. J. 24. Sgt Robert McKeag RAF KIA Berlin 1939-1945 War Cemetery grave 7. J. 21.

Canada Source Canadian Virtual War Memorial

Commonwealth War Graves Commission Commonwealth War Graves Commission

Canada Primary Source Library and Archives Canada Service Files (may not exist)

Flight Sergeant Ray Warren Buddy Collins was exhumed and reburied.

Crew on Lancaster Mk.I/III ED755

Avro Lancaster

Avro Lancaster Mk. X RCAF Serial FM 213
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The Avro Lancaster is a British Second World War heavy bomber. It was designed and manufactured by Avro as a contemporary of the Handley Page Halifax, both bombers having been developed to the same specification, as well as the Short Stirling, all three aircraft being four-engined heavy bombers adopted by the Royal Air Force (RAF) during the same wartime era.

The Lancaster has its origins in the twin-engine Avro Manchester which had been developed during the late 1930s in response to the Air Ministry Specification P.13/36 for a capable medium bomber for "world-wide use". Originally developed as an evolution of the Manchester (which had proved troublesome in service and was retired in 1942), the Lancaster was designed by Roy Chadwick and powered by four Rolls-Royce Merlins and in one version, Bristol Hercules engines. It first saw service with RAF Bomber Command in 1942 and as the strategic bombing offensive over Europe gathered momentum, it was the main aircraft for the night-time bombing campaigns that followed. As increasing numbers of the type were produced, it became the principal heavy bomber used by the RAF, the Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF) and squadrons from other Commonwealth and European countries serving within the RAF, overshadowing the Halifax and Stirling. Wikipedia

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last update: 2021-09-18 14:32:33

Lancaster Mk.I/III ED755

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50 (B) Sqn- Squadron (RAF) Sic Fidem Servamus

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