Paul Collis

SGT PILOT Paul Frazer Collis age 24, was the co-pilot of Wellington Bomber X9926BL-M of 40th Squadron when it crashed near Sautin, Northern France on October 12, 1941 during an operation to attack Nuremberg.

SGT PILOT Paul Frazer Collis age 24, was the co-pilot of Wellington Bomber X9926BL-M of 40th Squadron when it crashed near Sautin, Northern France on October 12, 1941 during an operation to attack Nuremberg.

Sgt Collis is buried with his five colleagues, Sgt Richard Dundon, Sgt Henry Chapman, Pilot Officer Ian Field, Flying Officer Eric Sugg and Sgt Thomas Duxbury, in the Dinant (Citadelle) Military Cemetery, Dinant, Namur, Belgium.

My friends at Sautin - who have erected an imposing memorial to the crew - have asked if I can trace any living relations of the above.

It is understood that Sgt Collis was a resident of Bristol. I have confirmed that his parents were Hugh Henry Fraser Collis and Gladys Olive Collis; he may have had sisters Joan H, and Angela O Collis.


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A firm confirmation is that Paul Fraser married Joyce Mabel Baker, at Bristol, in the first quarter of 1941.

Although the relationship is not confirmed, I understand that sister Angela Collis married Ronald A F Budd in 1944 at Weston. Subsequently I believe they had two children - Heather A Budd born 1948 and Andrew J Budd born 1951.

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I would be extremely grateful for any assistance. I may be contacted on 01792 842845, or email watkins119247@aol.com.uk or at the address.

W H HYETT

21 Twyn-y-Bedw, Clydach, Swansea, SA6 5ET

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