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Donald Ivan Collins


Flew 12 missions with Crew #41 November 1943-April, 1944. Planes flown include 'Our Baby' returned to base with over 200 holes. Fell from the ball turret without a parachute over the Channel on an operational mission, 3 Feb 1944 in B-17 42-31495, 'WABBIT TWACKS'. Killed in Action (KIA).


Units served with

  • 384th Bomb Group

    384th Bomb Group

    The 384th Bomb Group flew B-17s from Grafton Underwood, Northamptonshire, between May 1943 and June 1945. They were engaged in daylight bombing missions over Germany as part of the Allies' efforts to destroy the effectiveness of the Luftwaffe by...

  • 544th Bomb Squadron


  • 42-31495 Wabbit Twacks

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 11/11/43; Kearney 1/12/43; Romulus 9/12/43; Presque Is 16/12/43; Assigned 544BS/384BG [SU-R] Grafton Underwood 21/1/44; Missing in Action Sottevast, France 8 May 1944 with James Foster, Co-pilot: Clifford Johnson, Navigator: Joseph...


  • 8th Air Force 206

    3 February 1944
    The port area and Naval facilities at Wilhelmshaven, Germany was the primary target for this mission. 1st, 2nd, and 3rd Bomb Divisions all participated. ...

Associated Place

  • Grafton Underwood

    Military site : airfield
    Grafton Underwood was built in 1941 by George Wimpey and Co. Ltd. It was the first airfield in England to receive an Eighth Air Force flying unit, when in May 1942 personnel of the 15th Bomb Squadron took up residence. As a satellite airfield for...


Event Location Date
Born Montana, USA 1917
Enlisted Missoula, MT, USA 4 June 1942

Residence: Daniels County, Montana
Private, Branch Immaterial

Assigned 23 October 1943

Assigned to the 384th BG 544th BS on AAF Station 106 Special Orders #126 dated 23 October 1943, Joseph R. Herbert Crew. 12 combat missions.

Killed in action 3 February 1944

Lead group. Ball turret gunner, Donald Ivan Collins, "fell through" ball turret at 1232 hrs, 12,000ft, over enemy territory; he was not wearing a parachute. No MACR has been found. Collins' name is engaved on the Tablets of the Missing at Cambridge American Cemetery, Cambridge, England


Date Contributor Update
26 June 2015 23:10:23 bombercommand Changes to events

Date Contributor Update
26 June 2015 23:08:35 bombercommand Changes to middlename, service number, role, biography, awards, events, place associations, aircraft associations, mission associations and media associations

Information Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / for Donald L. Collins has been merged with this record.

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:07:34 AAM AAM ingest

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / Losses of the 8th & 9th Air Forces