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The Papers of Joseph Collins

Reference Code: GBR/0014/CLNS

Scope and Contents

The papers mainly consist of texts by Collins on the work of Coastal Command during the war, particularly in anti-submarine warfare and the role of the B24 Liberator Bomber in the Battle of the Atlantic, but also include his notes taken as Radar Leader of 59 Squadron RAF.


  • Creation: 1941 - 1998


Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open for consultation by researchers using Churchill Archives Centre, Churchill College, Cambridge.

Conditions Governing Use

Researchers wishing to publish excerpts from the papers must obtain prior permission from the copyright holders and should seek advice from Archives Centre staff.

Biographical / Historical

Joseph Collins was born in October 1916. After studying psychology in Australia at Melbourne University and in Britain (Diploma of Psychology and PHD, Birmingham University), he went on to serve first with the Australian Corps Signals (1936-1941), then for the rest of the war, with the Royal Australian Air Force (1941-1946), in RAF Coastal Command, initially as a radar instructor and then with 59 Squadron. He was awarded the Air Efficiency Award.

After the war, Collins resumed his medical career in Britain. He died in 1998, leaving a widow, Rita Collins.


2 archive box(es)

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Other Finding Aids

The papers are catalogued. Copies of the catalogue are available for consultation at Churchill Archives Centre and the Historical Manuscripts Commission.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The papers were deposited at Churchill Archives Centre by Dr Collins and Mrs Rita Collins between 1992 and 1999.


This catalogue and fonds level description were created by Katharine Thomson of Churchill Archives Centre in January 2003 using information from the papers and also supplied by Dr Collins.


Collins, Joseph Edward

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Repository Details

Part of the Churchill Archives Centre Repository

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