James Collison was a pilot in the 512th Squadron. He was originally the co-pilot on the Wilfred Hines crew. He was later given his own crew.
James kept a diary of his time overseas. Regarding his missions, his diary stops after the July 19, 1943 mission. He flew on the August 1 Operation Tidalwave mission, but his crew was interred in Turkey for nearly two months. Meanwhile, the 376 re-located to Italy and his personal effects were stored. He was then shot down on December 28, 1943 and was a POW for the duration of the war.