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Robert Jack Collins
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Birth: Apr. 11, 1923
Wythe County
Virginia, USA
Death: Apr. 20, 1944

Pfc, Robert J. Collins MIA/KIA
Hometown: Virginia
Squadron: 32nd Photographic Squadron, 5th Reconnaissance Group
Service #33647923
Awards: Purple Heart

Target: convoy UGS 38
Mission Date: 20-Apr-44
Location: Mediterranean Sea off the coast of Algiers
Cause: 32 Photographic Squadron - 5th Reconnaissance Group Casualty of the SS Hamilton

The SS Paul Hamilton (Hull Number 227) was a Liberty ship built in the United States during World War II. She was named after Paul Hamilton, the third United States Secretary of the Navy.

On her fifth voyage the SS Paul Hamilton left Hampton Roads, Virginia on 2 April 1944 as part of convoy UGS 38, carrying supplies and the ground personnel of the 485th Bombardment Group of the United States Army Air Forces to Italy. On the evening of 20 April it was attacked 30 miles (48 km) in the Mediterranean Sea off the coast of Cape Bengut near Algiers by 23 German Ju 88 bombers of III./Kampfgeschwader 26, I. and III./Kamfgeschwader 77. One aerial torpedo struck the Paul Hamilton and detonated the cargo of high explosives and bombs, and the ship and crew disappeared within 30 seconds. The crew and passengers, who included 154 officers and men of the 831st Bombardment Squadron, were all lost. Of the 580 men aboard, only one body was recovered.

Pfc. Collins appears Tablets of the Missing North Africa American Cemetery and Memorial Carthage Tunis, Tunisia. His memorial at Mount Hope Church Cemetery, Carroll County, Virginia, is a cenotaph. His body was never recovered.

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Family links: 
Arthur Moody Collins (1889 - 1975)
  Emma Louise Holiday Collins (1899 - 1965)
  Joseph Henry Collins (1918 - 1992)*
  Frankie Ellen Collins Lawson (1920 - 2009)*
  Robert J. Collins (1923 - 1944)*
  Robert Jack Collins (1923 - 1944)
  Noma Katherine Collins Bowers (1925 - 2002)*
  Anna Margaret Collins Wright (1935 - 1988)*
  Barbara Jean Collins (1937 - 2010)*
*Calculated relationship
Mount Hope Church Cemetery
Carroll County
Virginia, USA
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Originally Created by: Ginger
Record added: Dec 20, 2012
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Robert Jack Collins
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