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Cpl. Edward Joseph Collins


Born: 4 March 1909 - Illinois

Parents: William P. Collins & Louise M. Windish-Collins

Siblings: 2 sisters, 2 brothers

Home:

    - 425 South Nineteenth Avenue - Maywood, Illinois

Education:

    - Saint James Catholic School

    - Proviso Township High School

    - Northwestern University 

        - Class of 1934

Occupation: 

    - Accountant - Armour & Company

Inducted:

    - 27 February 1942

        - U. S. Army Air Corps - Camp Grant, Illinois

Serial Number: 3632224

Training: 

    - Jefferson Barracks, St. Louis, Missouri

    - Lowery Airfield, Colorado

    - Minter Airfield, California

    - Scott Airfield, Illinois

    - Rapid City Airfield, South Dakota

         - left 4 April 1944

Unit:  602nd Bomb Squadron, 398th Bomb Group (Heavy), 8th Army Air Force

Stationed: Nuthampstead, England - 22 April 1944

Engagements:

   -  Target Thionville, Germany - 11 May 1944 (first mission)

        - Target: rail yard 

    - Politz, Germany - 13 May 1944

        - synthetic oil refinery 

   -  Ludwigshafen, Germany - 27 May 1944

        - Target: rail yard and chemical plant 

    -  Ruhland, Germany - 28 May 1944

        - Target: synthetic oil plant

       - hit by shrapnel from flack 

Died:

    - 4 June 1944 - Doddington, England - wounds

Buried:

    - St. Joseph Cemetery - River Grove, Illinois

Medals: Purple Heart


 

 

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