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James Leslie Rollins

RAAF (407036). Australian

Born   1916
Died  8 Apr 1943(27)

Roster information listed for James Leslie Rollins

ShipTypeRank / roleAttacked onBoat
MemnonMotor merchantPassenger (Sergeant)11 Mar 1941U-106 (1)

Personal information

Son of Cecil James and Lizzie Marion Rollins; husband of Cecilia Maureen Rollins, of Strathalbyn, South Australia. James L. Rollins was one of the 22 survivors in the lifeboat that reached Dakar after the sinking of Memnon and was interned by the Vichy French authorities. He escaped with two others in April 1941 and tried to reach British territory by following the river Niger, but they were caught near the border and held in captivity until being released on 29 May 1941. He became an air gunner in 49 Squadron RAF and was killed in action was Pilot Officer when Avro Lancaster ED590 failed to return from an air raid on Duisburg during the night of 8/9 April 1943. More details can be found on the website 49 Squadron Association.

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