Collier, John David Drought
- Date of birth:
- November 10th, 1916 (Plympton/Devon, Great Britain)
- Date of death:
- November 2000
- Service number:
- British (1801-present, Kingdom)
24 augustus 1936: Short Service commission as Acting Pilot Officer on Probation
29 juni 1937: Pilot Officer
21 oktober 1938: Acting Flying Officer
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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"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
"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.
- Second World War (1939-1945)
- Acting Wing Commander
- No. 97 (Straits Settlements) Squadron, Royal Air Force
- Awarded on:
- November 6th, 1942
"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."
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- Page 4180 | Issue 34413, 29 June 1937 | London Gazette | The Gazette
- Page 7355 | Issue 34573, 22 November 1938 | London Gazette | The Gazette
- Page 466 | Issue 34591, 20 January 1939 | London Gazette | The Gazette
- Page 2264 | Issue 34613, 4 April 1939 | London Gazette | The Gazette
- Page 5288 | Issue 34935, 30 August 1940 | London Gazette | The Gazette
- Page 6493 | Supplement 34989, 12 November 1940 | London Gazette | The Gazette
- Page 5522 | Issue 35283, 23 September 1941 | London Gazette | The Gazette
- Page 7115 | Supplement 35383, 16 December 1941 | London Gazette | The Gazette
- Page 4807 | Supplement 35773, 3 November 1942 | London Gazette | The Gazette
- Page 3399 | Supplement 36618, 18 July 1944 | London Gazette | The Gazette
- Page 4900 | Supplement 37295, 2 October 1945 | London Gazette | The Gazette
- Page 3219 | Supplement 37625, 21 June 1946 | London Gazette | The Gazette
- Flight Magazine 5 December 1940
- Flight Magazine 3 December 1942
- The Telegraph - Obituaries