Richard R COLLINS

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ARMY SERIAL NUMBER32099321
AGE26 yo
DATE OF BIRTH1918
STATERockland County NEW YORK
FAMILYSingle
RANKSergeant
FONCTIONGunner
JOB before ENLISTEMENTSemiskilled chauffeurs and drivers, bus, taxi, truck, and tractorny
DATE of ENLISTEMENT26 july 1941 Fort Jay Governors Island NEW YORK
SQUADRON322nd Bomb Squadron
GROUP91st Bomb Group
ARMY8th Air Force
DATE OF DEATH8 august 1944 collins richard r tombe
STATUSKIA
PLACE OF DEATHLonlay-L'Abbaye
DATA PLAN

B-17 Fortress - type G-15-BO - s/n 42-31367 LG*R

"Chow Hound"

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Macr: 8079
Mission: Bretteville-sur-Laize (14)
Take-Off: Bassingbourn, Cambridgeshire UK - Remains discovered in 2002 by the ANSA 39/45
Hit by flak - Plane cut in half - the part before exploding in flight

CEMETERYBRITTANY AMERICAN CEMETERY from St James

Map Brittany American Cemetery

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PlotRowGrave
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DECORATION
Purple HeartPhoto FDLM
Air Medal + OLCam olc
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STORY

According to the official report when returning to the base of the other witnesses of the drama crews, August 8, 1944, at 13:10, the aircraft was flying in formation at an altitude of 4,250 meters.

He was responsible for thirty antipersonnel bombs of 150 kg each, intended to attack the German front line from behind for the enemy, then offered south of Caen, fierce resistance to Canadian troops and their was quitting progression.

As soon cross the liberated part, the Germans opened fire with their equipped DCA 88 caliber guns.

It is assumed that a shell reaches the full force bomber, severing the tail of the aircraft.

Out of control, the plane part spin.

Then a wing and an engine stand out from the fuselage before the aircraft plunged to the ground to catch fire, the bombs bursting under the effect of heat.

It was so sudden that the crew had no time to evacuate the plane and skydive. There would no survivors among the nine occupants.

The tail gunner was found still strapped to his seat.

This is the territory of the town of Lonlay l'Abbaye that the plane was shot down.


Crew B-17 Fortress - type G-15-BO - s/n 42-31367 LG*R

"Chow Hound"

1st Lieutenant Jack R THOMPSON Pilot Dead - Arlington Cem. Virginia memorial chow hound
2nd Lieutenant David J NELSON Co-Pilot Dead - Arlington Cem. Virginia
2nd Lieutenant Charles F BACIGALUPA Navigator Dead - Arlington Cem. Virginia
2nd Lieutenant Charles SHERRIL Bomber Dead - Arlington Cem. Virginia
T/Sergeant Blake A Jr TREECE Radio/Gunner Dead - Arlington Cem. Virginia
T/Sergeant Henry F KORTEBEIN Mechanic/Gunner Dead - Arlington Cem. Virginia
T/Sergeant Gerald F GILLIES Gunner Dead - Arlington Cem. Virginia
Sergeant Richard R COLLINS Gunner Dead - Cim Brit Am St-James collins richard r tombe
Sergeant Warren D GODSEY Gunner Dead - Cim Am Colleville-sur-Mer godsey warren d tombe
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INFORMATION SOURCESFrancecrashes39-45.net&nbsp - Ansa.ornemaine.free.fr - Aad.archives.gov
PICTURE SOURCEFrédéric LAVERNHE - Ansa.ornemaine.free.fr - Findagrave.com
PROGRAMMERFrédéric & Renaud