Billy Kendall Collins
From Our Contribution
|Date of Birth||25 Apr 1920|
|Place of Birth||Fremantle, Western Australia|
|Address||Perth, Western Australia|
|Next of Kin||, R Collins|
|Date of Enlistment||3 Feb 1941|
|Unit/Formation||No. 1651 Conversion Unit RAF|
|Post War Details|
|External Monument(s)||The Australian Ex-Prisoners of War Memorial Ballarat, Victoria|
During 1941 Billy married Beatrice Jackson in Victoria.
No. 1651 Conversion Unit RAF was based at RAF Waterbeach, about 9 km north of Cambridge. They were training on aircraft known as the Short Stirling. During 1942 they also flew 49 operational sorties for RAF Bomber Command resulting in the loss of five aircraft, including Billy's.
An Air Force casualty list published in the 'West Australia' on 23 Sep 1942 confirms an earlier entry that had listed Billy as Missing, believed Prisoner Of War. Held Stalag 344 POW number 25115.
discharged 11 Jan 1946
Electoral Roll entries: 1949 at 40 Comer street, South Perth, salesman; 1958 - 1980 at 89 St Kilda road, Belmont, sales representative;
- Ballarat POW Memorial[[Category:]]