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John Basil Collier ( June 29th, 1908 - 1983 ) was born in Westcliff - on - Sea ( Southend - on - Sea, Essex, England ).
He was in the R.A.F. ( 1940 - 1948 ) as a staff officer in Fighter Command until 1944. He worked in the Fighter Command H.Q.'s Underground Operations Room and handled secret Ultra material from Bletchley Park ( Buckinghamshire, England ). John B. Collier assembled information about German long - range weapons, going to France and Belgium in late 1944, to investigate captured sites.
From 1944 to 1945, he was at S.H.A.E.F. Headquarters in Versailles ( France ). At the end of the war in Europe, he was appointed Air Historical Officer, Fighter Command.
After leaving the R.A.F. in 1948, he went to the Cabinet Office as a historian and wrote the official history volume The Defence of the United Kingdom ( 1962 ).
Since 1957, John B. Collier has been a freelance writer on military topics, such as : Brasshat : A biography of Field Marshal Sir Henry Wilson ( 1961 ), The Battle of Britain ( 1962 ), The Battle of the V - Weapons, 1944 - 1945 ( 1964 ), The Lion and the Eagle : British and Anglo - American Strategy, 1900 - 1950 ( 1972 ), Japanese Aircraft of World War II ( 1979 ).
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