LEST WE FORGET

Flight Lieutenant John William Fitzclarence COLLINS

Service No: 5611
Born: 5 March 1906, Location unavailable
Enlisted in the RAAF: Date unavailable
Unit: Station Headquarters, Archerfield QLD
Died: Aircraft Accident (Civil aircraft), Archerfield QLD, 21 May 1941, Aged 35 Years
Buried: Mundoolun Private Cemetery QLD
CWGC Additional Information: Son of William and May Adelaide Gwendoline Collins; husband of Margaret Eleanor Collins, of Edgecliffe, New South Wales. M.A. (Oxon.).
Roll of Honour: Unknown
Remembered: Panel 97, Commemorative Area, Australian War Memorial, Canberra ACT

At 2030 hours on 21 May 1941, a civil aircraft, flown by Flight Lieutenant Collins (a Ground Instructor) crashed on take-off from the Archerfield aerodrome and the two on board were killed.

On board were:

Flight Lieutenant John William Fitzclarence Collins (5611) (Administrative and Special Duties) (Civilian Pilot)
Squadron Leader Roy Cecil Phillipps MC DFC (860) (Administrative and Special Duties) (Passenger)

References:

Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour On-Line Records (RAAF Casualty Information compiled by Alan Storr (409804))
Commonwealth War Graves Commission On-Line Records
Department of Veterans’ Affairs On-Line WWII Nominal Roll
National Archives of Australia On-Line Record A705, 163/26/105