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    Default 576 Squadron Lancaster LM471 UL-J2

    I am researching the lives of the men shown on the Great Thurlow, Suffolk, War Memorial. This includes Pilot Flt Sgt Leslie John Collis No. 1284701 RAFVR. He and Sgt Edward Smith No. 1818735 RAFVR were killed when the plane was shot down over Germany on 25th March 1944. Sgt R J Roper, F/O A C Harper, Sgt P McDougall, Sgt B Warren, and Sgt Joseph Robinson all became P.O.W.s. I have the details of the raid, but I would appreciate copies of any information and pictures of the crew and/or aircraft that any one might have concerning Leslie John Collis. I have seen a picture of the wedding of Sgt Joseph Robinson, posted by his granddaughter, Claire Brown, but have not been able to identify one of the people and am hoping that this could be Leslie Collis. Any information or possible leads will be gratefully received.

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    I am researching the lives of the men shown on the Great Thurlow, Suffolk, War Memorial. This includes Pilot Flt Sgt Leslie John Collis No. 1284701 RAFVR. He and Sgt Edward Smith No. 1818735 RAFVR were killed when the plane was shot down over Germany on 25th March 1944. Sgt R J Roper, F/O A C Harper, Sgt P McDougall, Sgt B Warren, and Sgt Joseph Robinson all became P.O.W.s. I have the details of the raid, but I would appreciate copies of any information and pictures of the crew and/or aircraft that any one might have concerning Leslie John Collis. I have seen a picture of the wedding of Sgt Joseph Robinson, posted by his granddaughter, Claire Brown, but have not been able to identify one of the people and am hoping that this could be Leslie Collis. Any information or possible leads will be gratefully received.
    im Claire brown, the photo your referring to is my grandparents wedding, if you are still looking for this information please get in touch

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    Leslie John Collis was my uncle (who died in 1944, some 13 years before I was born). I have been trying to find a photo of him and the only one I have was taken in 1935 at the wedding of Reginald Collis and Laura Collis, my parents, but it only shows part of Leslie's face. Along the back row from left to right is - Joseph Collis (Miller at Gt Thurlow and father of LJC), Edith Collis (nee Wright, mother of LJC), Reginald Collis (brother of LJC), Laura Collis (nee Cook, wife of Reginald and sister in law of LJC), James Collis (brother of LJC), Leslie John Collis (unfortunately his face partly hidden), Reginald Bushell (not related to LJC but soon to marry a sister of Laura Collis, nee Cook. https://i.postimg.cc/JhYFHZcy/Collis...d-coloured.jpg

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    Default Re: 576 Squadron Lancaster LM471 UL-J2

    Hi,

    Just to complete the story, Lancaster LM471 was shot down by Oblt Heinz Struning of 3./NJG1 for his 39th victory at 00.30hrs the Lancaster crashed near Dortmund. Heinz Struning did not survive the war, he was shot down by a 157 Sqn Mosquito on 24/25 December 1944 with his score at 56.

    Cheers,

    John.

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