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Collins, G A (Warrant Officer 2nd Class)

Evader 1944-April-27

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Birth Date: unkown date (age unknown)

106 (B) Sqn- Squadron (RAF)
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RAF Metheringham
Warrant Officer 2nd Class
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
Service Numbers

Took off from Metheringham at 21:30 in Lancaster Mark III (Sqn code: ZN-C Bomber Command) on an operation to Schweinfurt Germany.

Shot down by a night fighter and crashed near Chauffourt, Haute-Marne, France.

Killed: Flight Sergeant James Philip Keenan RCAF R/173638 KIA Chauffourt Churchyard Grave 3. Pilot Officer James Agnew Moffat RCAF J/92010 KIA Chauffourt Churchyard Grave 1. Pilot Officer Henry Thomas Peebles RCAF J/90560 KIA Chauffourt Churchyard Grave 2.

Evaders includes Collins: Pilot Officer William Gordon Fraser RAF Evader. Sergeant A McKenzie RAF Evader. Sgt D A Simpson RAF Evader.

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Lancaster ND850

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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Lancaster Mk.III ND850

ZNRAF RoundelC
Delivered to No. 106 Sqn (ZN-C) April 1944. Missing on operation to Schweinfurt 26/27 Apr 1944.

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