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Wilmer Wallace Collins

Military

Assigned to 336FS, 4FG, 8AF USAAF. Credited with 4 x kills (1 x Air, 3 x Ground). Ended Tour Duty (ETD).

Post War: C/O 4080th HQ Sqn, 4080th Strategic Recon Wing (SAC) 1957, Retired from USAF Reserve at rank of Major Oct-61.

Awards: AM (4OLC), WWII Victory, EAME, UN and Korean medals.

Service

Units served with

  • 8th Air Force

    8th Air Force


    Eighth Air Force Bomber Command became the Eighth Air Force on February 1944, it oversaw bombardment of strategic targets in Europe until 1945. ...

  • 336th Fighter Squadron

    336th Fighter Squadron

    Squadron
    The 336th Fighter Squadron was constituted by the War Department on 22 august 1942, and was activated at Bushey Hall, England, on 12 September. It had been designated as No. 133 (Eagle) Squadron, and was made up of American volunteers to the Royal Air...

Associated Place

  • Debden

    Military site : airfield
    RAF Debden, construction of which began in 1935, is perhaps most famous as a Battle of Britain fighter airfield, partly responsible for the defence of London in 1940. In 1942 it was also home to three RAF 'Eagle Squadrons’ of volunteer American pilots...

Events

Event Location Date
Born Toombs County, GA, USA 23 April 1919
Enlisted Fort McPherson, Atlanta, GA 30310, USA 4 October 1940

Fort McPherson,
Atlanta GA

Lived in Lyons, GA 30436, USA 1941
Based Debden 17 November 1944 – 21 July 1945

Assigned to 336FS, 4FG, 8AF USAAF.

Promotion Debden, Loughton IG10 3SW, UK 1 April 1945

Promoted to 1st Lieutenant.

E/A Destroyed Germany 10 April 1945

Destroyed Me262 10-Apr-45.

End Tour Duty (ETD) England, UK 27 July 1945

Ended Tour Duty (ETD).

Crashed 1112 Ackerman Rd, San Antonio, TX 78219, USA 3 December 1945

Landing Accident Martindale Aux Fld, TX Cat BL damage 1Lt Wilmer W Collins, 3-Dec-45

PT-13D 42-17617 C 2532AAFBU

Died 5 April 1970
Buried May 1970

Arlington National Cemetery
Arlington,
Arlington County, VA

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
03 July 2018 09:38:35 Al_Skiff Changes to events
Sources

Ted Damick, VIII Fighter Command pilots list
http://www.4thfightergroupassociation.org/uploads/8/2/0/3/8203817/336_co...
https://www.fold3.com/record/83958333-wilmer-w-collins
http://aviationarchaeology.com/src/dbapi.asp?Pilot=Collins%2C+Wilmer+W&S...
https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/49169295/wilmer-w-collins

Date Contributor Update
03 July 2018 09:28:56 Al_Skiff Changes to events
Sources

Ted Damick, VIII Fighter Command pilots list
http://www.4thfightergroupassociation.org/uploads/8/2/0/3/8203817/336_co...
https://www.fold3.com/record/83958333-wilmer-w-collins
https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/49169295/wilmer-w-collins

Date Contributor Update
03 July 2018 09:25:39 Al_Skiff Changes to middlename, service number, highest rank, biography, awards, events, unit associations and place associations
Sources

Ted Damick, VIII Fighter Command pilots list
http://www.4thfightergroupassociation.org/uploads/8/2/0/3/8203817/336_co...
https://www.fold3.com/record/83958333-wilmer-w-collins
https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/49169295/wilmer-w-collins

Date Contributor Update
08 April 2015 20:05:57 apollo11 Changes to firstname, role and place associations
Sources

Personal research & 'The Debden Eagles' by Garry L. Fry.

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:28:56 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

'1000 Destroyed' by Capt. Grover C. Hall, Jr. / Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia

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