Billy Kendall Collins

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Billy Kendall Collins
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Billy 5th from left in centre row
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Personal Information
Date of Birth 25 Apr 1920
Place of Birth Fremantle, Western Australia
Address Perth, Western Australia
Next of Kin , R Collins
Military Information
Reg Number 406613
Date of Enlistment 3 Feb 1941
Rank Warrant Officer
Unit/Formation No. 1651 Conversion Unit RAF
Post War Details
External Monument(s) The Australian Ex-Prisoners of War Memorial Ballarat, Victoria

Pre War

During 1941 Billy married Beatrice Jackson in Victoria.

War Service

No. 1651 Conversion Unit RAF was based at RAF Waterbeach, about 9 km north of Cambridge. They were training on aircraft known as the Short Stirling. During 1942 they also flew 49 operational sorties for RAF Bomber Command resulting in the loss of five aircraft, including Billy's.

An Air Force casualty list published in the 'West Australia' on 23 Sep 1942 confirms an earlier entry that had listed Billy as Missing, believed Prisoner Of War. Held Stalag 344 POW number 25115.

discharged 11 Jan 1946

Post War

Electoral Roll entries: 1949 at 40 Comer street, South Perth, salesman; 1958 - 1980 at 89 St Kilda road, Belmont, sales representative;


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