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Cyril C Rollins DFC RAFVR – 103 Squadron and 576 Squadron

  I was very sorry to be told Cyril Rollins passed away in Feb at the age of 96 so decided to do a little page as a small tribute. I do not think I ever met him although I certainly met his mid upper gunner, Len Sumak, who was a good friend of Joe Duns who was killed with my uncle. Cyril did write to me a couple of times I recall.

  

103 Squadron Rollins crew

  Above- The Rollins crew - L to R. Len Sumak, Jock Boston, Bob Hammond, Ted Roff, Cyril Rollins, Louis Reece and Jack Rutter.

  Cyril and his crew were posted to 103 Squadron at Elsham Wolds in the autumn of 43. He flew his fist op as second pilot with W/O E T Townend to Hagen on the 1/2 Oct 43.

  He flew his first op with his own crew on the 4/5 Oct 43 to Ludswighafen which was a diversion. That was an early return. He then completed 6 more ops with 103 Sqn.

  The last of these on the 22/23 Nov 43 to Berlin they recorded a combat with a single engined night fighter. On return they landed at “Scorton Marby” No idea where that is

  

103 Squadron C Rollins and crew

  Above - Cyril Rollins’ crew early in their tour whilst with 103 Sqn. L to R -  Reece, Sumak, Hammond, Rollins, Rutter, Roff and Boston.

  This crew were then transferred with 103 Sqn C Flight to the new 576 Sqn which was formed late Nov 1943.

  From Dec 43 through the remainder of the winter they continued to fly ops till they finished with a trip to Dusseldorf 22/23 April 1944.

  Cyril Rollins was awarded a DFC and Len Sumak ( pictured below ) a DFM.

  103 Squadron Sumak

  Listed below is his full tour which is a brute – right through the Battle of Berlin and includes some very hard and costly ops.

  103 Squadron

  01-10-43 - Hagen - Lancaster - ED417 - W/O E T Townsend. ( Sgt CC Rollins was 2nd pilot )

  04-Oct-43 - Ludwigshafen/Diversion - Lancaster - ED881 - Sgt CC Rollins - ER Mid upper turret U/S

  07-Oct-43 - Stuttgart - Lancaster - ED417 - Sgt CC Rollins

  18-Oct-43 - Hannover - Lancaster - ED881 - W/O CC Rollins

  03-Nov-43 - Dusseldorf - Lancaster - ED417 - F/S CC Rollins

  10-Nov-43 - Modane - Lancaster - JA957 - F/S CC Rollins

  18-Nov-43 - Berlin - Lancaster - JB319 - W/O CC Rollins

  22-Nov-43 - Berlin - Lancaster - ED913 - W/O CC Rollins - Combat with single engined night fighter. No damage.

  576 Squadron.

  16/12/1943 - Berlin - ND402 - W/O CC Rollins

  20/12/1943 - Frankfurt - ED913 - W/O CC Rollins - Engine U/S. Bombed an airfield.

  23/12/1943 - Berlin - JA868 - W/O CC Rollins

  29/12/1943 - Berlin - JA868 - W/O CC Rollins

  01/01/1944 - Berlin - ND385 - W/O CC Rollins

  14/01/1944 - Brunswick - ND385 - W/O CC Rollins

  20/01/1944 - Berlin - ND385 - W/O CC Rollins

  21/01/1944 - Magdeburg - ND385 - W/O CC Rollins

  27/01/1944 - Berlin - ND385 - W/O CC Rollins

  28/01/1944 - Berlin - ND385 - W/O CC Rollins

  30/01/1944 - Berlin - ND385 - W/O CC Rollins

  15/02/1944 - Berlin - ND385 - W/O CC Rollins

  19/02/1944 - Leipzig - ND385 - W/O CC Rollins

  24/02/1944 - Schweinfurt - JA868 - W/O CC Rollins

  25/02/1944 - Augsburg - LL748 - W/O CC Rollins

  18/03/1944 - Frankfurt - ND385 - P/O CC Rollins

  30/03/1944 - Nuremberg - ME703 - P/O CC Rollins

  10/04/1944 - Aulnoye  - LL800 - P/O CC Rollins

  11/04/1944 - Aachen - LL800 - P/O CC Rollins

  18/04/1944 - Rouen - LL800 - P/O CC Rollins

  20/04/1944 - Cologne - LL800 - P/O CC Rollins

  22/04/1944 - Dusseldorf - LL796 - P/O CC Rollins

  Written by David Fell - Photos courtesy of the late Len Sumak

 

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