Collins, Frank Junior, Brig Gen

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Last Rank
Brigadier General
Last Primary AFSC/MOS
Last AFSC Group
Primary Unit
1945-1945, POW Japan
Service Years
1934 - 1967
Officer Collar Insignia
Brigadier General

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This Military Service Page was created/owned by SSgt Robert Bruce McClelland, Jr. to remember Collins, Frank Junior, Brig Gen USAF(Ret).

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Contact Info
Home Town
Breckenridge, Texas
Last Address
Not Specified

Date of Passing
Dec 13, 2000
Location of Interment
Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery - San Antonio, Texas
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Not Specified

 Official Badges 

Headquarters Air Force Air Force Commander Air Force Retired

 Unofficial Badges 

Cold War Medal Air Ace American Fighter Aces Congressional Gold Medal

 Military Associations and Other Affiliations
American Fighter Aces Association
  2015, American Fighter Aces Association

 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
He was credited with destroying 9 enemy aircraft in aerial combat, plus 1 probable and 1 damaged.

His Silver Star citation:
Awarded for actions during World War II
The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress July 9, 1918, takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star to Major (Air Corps) Frank J. Collins (ASN: 0-664528), United States Army Air Forces, for gallantry in action while participating in aerial flight in the Mediterranean Theater of Operations as a pilot of a P-47 type aircraft, 319th Fighter Squadron, 325th Fighter Group, FIFTEENTH Air Force. On 22 January 1944, Major Collins was leading his flight of four (4) P-47's in strafing Guidonia Airdrome near Rome, Italy when attacked by twelve (12) to fifteen (15) enemy fighters. Major Collins, although greatly outnumbered, gallantly attacked and shot one of the enemy down in flames. Two more enemy fighters were now in position for a close attack and fired bursts that scored hits in his own tail. Before the enemy fighter could maneuver again, Major Collins turned back into the enemy, registering hits that sent the enemy plane down in flames. During this action, Major Collins had lost sight of two of his fellow pilots. He tried to radio contact but all attempts were futile. He then gallantly circled above the battle area for several minutes striving vainly to locate the missing pilots and render any necessary assistance. Such outstanding gallantry in action, devotion to duty, and inherent courage, together with his outstanding personal combat record of over nine (9) victories and seventy nine (79) mission against the enemy, reflects the highest credit upon Major Collins and the Armed Forces of the United States of America.

General Orders: Headquarters, 15th Air Force, General Orders No. 146 (March 18, 1944)

Action Date: 22-Jan-44

Service: Army Air Forces

Rank: Major

Company: 319th Fighter Squadron

Regiment: 325th Fighter Group

Division: 15th Air Force

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Aviator (Command)
Parachutist (Basic)

 Unit Assignments/ Advancement Schools
United States Army Air Forces (USAAF)319th Fighter Squadron325th Fighter GroupPOW Japan
  1934-1937, US Army Reserve (USAR)
  1942-1942, AAF MOS 770, USAAF Flying Training Command
  1942-1944, AAF MOS 1055, 319th Fighter Squadron
  1942-1944, AAF MOS 1055, 325th Fighter Group
  1945-1945, POW Japan
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1943-1943 World War II/European-African-Middle Eastern Theater/Tunisia Campaign (1942-43)
  1943-1943 Air Offensive, Europe Campaign (1942-44)/Operation Strangle
  1944-1944 World War II/European-African-Middle Eastern Theater/Anzio Campaign (1944)
 Colleges Attended 
Texas Wesleyan University
  1937-1942, Texas Wesleyan University
 My Aircraft/Missiles
P-40 Warhawk/Kittyhawk  P-47 Thunderbolt (Jug)  F-84 Thunderjet  
  1942-1943, P-40 Warhawk/Kittyhawk
  1942-1945, P-47 Thunderbolt (Jug)
  1951-1952, F-84 Thunderjet
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