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Collier, John David Drought

Date of birth:
November 10th, 1916 (Plympton/Devon, Great Britain)
Date of death:
November 2000
Service number:
39037
Nationality:
British (1801-present, Kingdom)

Biography

24 augustus 1936: Short Service commission as Acting Pilot Officer on Probation
29 juni 1937: Pilot Officer
21 oktober 1938: Acting Flying Officer
Promotions:
29 December, 1938: Flying Officer
2 March, 1939: Acting Flight Lieutenant
3 September, 1940: Flight Lieutenant
1 December, 1941: Squadron Leader (temporary)
1 July, 1944: Wing Commander (temporary)
8 August, 1945: Wing Commander (war sub)
25 June, 1946: appointment as Squadron Leader

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Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded for a bombing and gardening mission on the Dortmund-Ems Canal on 12 August, 1940
For this mission Flight Lieutenant Roderick Learoyd was awarded the Victoria Cross.
Mentioned in Despatches
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Acting Squadron Leader
Unit:
No. 83 Squadron, Royal Air Force
Awarded on:
August 20th, 1940
Distinguished Flying Cross (DFC)
Citation:
"One night in August this officer led a successful attack on an enemy oil refinery and storage tanks. After identifying the target, he carried out a low-level attack, obtaining direct hits which set the target ablaze.
Intense fire from local defences was experienced, but these were eventually silenced by the explosion of the tanks and the gun positions became enveloped in flames. The target was completely destroyed. Earlier in the month. Act. Sqn. Ldr. Collier was the leader of the diversionary aircraft which carried out a low attack
on a target and the defences in the vicinity. In spite of his aircraft having been hit in many places, this officer continued his attacks, until the main attack was completed. He has invariably displayed outstanding qualities of leadership, skill, courage and devotion to duty.
He has carried out a total of 31 operations against the enemy in the course of which he has completed 178 hours flying as first pilot."
Investiture 15 februari 1941 at Buckingham palace
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Acting Squadron Leader
Unit:
No. 44 (Rhodesia) Squadron, Royal Air Force
Awarded on:
September 23rd, 1941
Distinguished Flying Cross (DFC)
Citation:
"This Officer was the leader of the sub-formation of six aircraft which carried out a daylight attack on Brest on the 24th July 1941.
Squadron Leader Collier has worked exceedingly hard and taken an immense amount of care in training the formation fo this raid. It was mainly due to his fine leadership and example that the formation succeeded in its task and allowed the other members of his formation to destroy four enemy aircraft and damage one."
Second DFC awarded as a bar.
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Acting Wing Commander
Awarded on:
June 11th, 1942
Mentioned in Despatches
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Acting Wing Commander
Unit:
No. 97 (Straits Settlements) Squadron, Royal Air Force
Awarded on:
November 6th, 1942
Citation:
"This officer already holds the D.F.C. which was granted to him for his part in the bombing of Bordeaux, and a bar to the D.F.C. lor his gallantry in a daylight raid on Brest.
Since these awards Wing Cdr. Collier has participated in further operational sorties, and his leadership and conduct have been exemplary."
Distinguished Service Order (DSO)

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