Alan Noel John COLLINS

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COLLINS, Alan Noel John

Service Number: 424373
Enlisted: 12 September 1942
Last Rank: Warrant Officer
Last Unit: No. 24 Squadron (RAAF)
Born: Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, 14 December 1923
Home Town: Crows Nest, North Sydney, New South Wales
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Not yet discovered
Died: Flying Battle, Soemba Straits, Netherlands East Indies, 6 April 1945, aged 21 years
Cemetery: Not yet discovered
Memorials: Adelaide River Northern Territory Memorial, Australian War Memorial, Roll of Honour
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World War 2 Service

3 Sep 1939: Involvement Warrant Officer, SN 424373
12 Sep 1942: Enlisted Royal Australian Air Force, No. 24 Squadron (RAAF)

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Biography contributed by David Barlow

RAAF Liberator aircraft A72-77 of Number 24 Squadron was shot down over Soemba Strait in the Netherlands East Indies with 11 crew on board.  Two crewmen survived bailing out - Warrant Officer Vickers 401867 (discharged October 1945) & Flight Sergeant Sayer 30337 (discharged November 1945)

The survivors were picked up by Catalina flying boat A24-54 of 112 Air Sea Rescue Flight Darwin but that aircraft was subsequently destroyed by strafing from a Japanese fighter with the loss of crewman Sergeant Jones 34647.  Another Catalina from 43SQN landed an hour later to pick up Vickers & Sayer and the surviving crew from A24-54 plus Warrant Officer Shilling 406816 from Liberator A72-81 which had been shot down on the same mission. After a running battle with Japanese fighters the second Catalina reached Darwin with no more fatalities.

All those killed in this action from Liberator A72-77 are commemorated on the Northern Territory Memorial to the Missing located at Adelaide River War Cemetery, NT -

Warrant Officer Alan Noel John Collins 424373 - Son of William Young Collins and Eva Collins of Crows Nest, NSW

Flight Lieutenant Lance Dixon Crowther 403560 - Son of Philip Dixon and Winifred Emily Crowther of Lindfield, NSW

Flight Sergeant Ian Faichnie 431408 - Son of Alexander Faulkner Faichnie and Florence Emily Faichnie of Ivanhoe, Victoria

Flight Lieutenant Valentine Ford 255138 - Son of Francis Charles and Louisa Ann Ford of Eden Hill, South Australia

Flying Officer Bernard Thomas Jordan 407825 - Son of Ernest Edward and Lydia Agnes Jordan & Husband of Kathleen Mona Jordan of Dulwich, South Australia

Flight Lieutenant William Laing 406568 - Son of William and Margaret Liddell Laing of Mosman Park, Western Australia

Flight Sergeant Leslie Raine 439612 - Son of Percy and Margaret Raine of Earlwood, NSW

Flight Sergeant John Munro Waddell 443444 - Son of John and Elsie May Waddell of Ryde, NSW

Flight Sergeant Keith Jowett White 433632 - Son of Frederick James White and Elsie May White of Bankstown, NSW

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