Colson, William Alfred


Colson, William Alfred
W A Colson


5 items. The collection concerns Flight Lieutenant William Alfred Colson DFM (1915 - 1943, 141402 Royal Air Force) and contains a biography and photographs. He flew as a bomb aimer on 9 and 97 Squadron and was killed when his Lancaster crashed on return to base from an operation to Berlin in December 1943.

The collection has been donated to the IBCC Digital Archive by Mr Harrison and catalogued by Nigel Huckins.

Additional information on William Alfred Colson is available via the IBCC Losses Database.




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Colson, WA

Collection Items

Woman, girl and dog
On the left a woman sitting on a bench offering a bone to a dog sitting on the bench between the woman and a young girl on the right looking on. In the background a fence. Submitted with caption; 'Wyn & Joan Colson (Billy’s Sister) 1951'.

W A Colson
Half-length portrait of an officer wearing tunic with observer brevet and medal ribbon as well as peaked cap. Submitted with caption; 'William Alfred Colson'.

Seven aircrew in front of a Lancaster
Seven aircrew, three wearing flying jackets the others battledress, standing in line in front of a Lancaster with a 4000lb HC bomb behind them. Captioned' W.A. Colson DFM'. Submitted with caption 'William Colson with Lanc Crewe [sic] 9 Squadron'.…

W A Colson's headstone
Headstone for Flight lieutenant W A Colson DFM 17 December 1943. With trees in the background. Submitted with caption 'Modern colour photograph of CWGC headstone for WA Colson taken by W Harrison' Additional information bout this item was kindly…

Flight Lieutenant William Alfred Colson DFM (141402) - Biography
Includes early life and marriage. Joined the RAFVR and served on 9 Squadron and served full tours on Whitley, Halifax and Wellington. Mentions his pilot and award of DFM and promotion. Went to 97 Squadron in 1943. Was navigator/bomb aimer. Gives…
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