COLLINS, John Boland

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Horseshoe Cemetery, Glendo, Wyoming

COLLINS, John Boland (1921-1944)

In the News~

April 16, 1944 [LAT]: “Marine flyer killed in crash off coast. Santa Barbara. April 15. Marine AirStation officers today announced the death of Lieut. John Boland Collins, 22, of Glendo, Wyoming, in the crash of his fighter plane yesterday afternoon. The crash occurred in the Santa BArbara Channel near San Miguel Island. The body was recovered by a fishing boat which was guided to the crash scene by one of the planes in Collins' squadron.”

[]: “GLENDO AIR PILOT KILLED IN CRASH. The body of 2nd Lt. J. B. Collins, 22, son of George Collins of Glendo, arrived in Douglas Wednesday morning from the west coast and was placed in charge of Mortician C. H. Hofmann. This afternoon Mr. Hofmann took the remains to Glendo and is assisting in funeral services and burial there. Full military honors will be accorded the young flyer, who perished when his plane crashed in the Pacific off Santa Barbara, Calif. An army chaplain from Casper will conduct the services, assisted by a Veterans of Foreign Wars firing squad, taps and other military honors. Ensign Floyd Turner, who was in training with Lt. Collins for a time, will attend the services. Lt. Collins was a fighter pilot in the Marine Corp. He had just recently completed his training and was ready to put his training to practical use against the enemy. He was flying a fast Corsair pursuit plane in a large formation when in some unaccountable manner the rubber life raft strapped to his body started to inflate. The expanding raft enveloped the controls of the plane and it crashed in the sea about 30 miles off the coast.”