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Archive Report: Allied Forces

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96 Squadron Crest
06/07.06.1944 No. 96 Squadron Mosquito NF.XIII MM451 F/O. John C. Allan

Operation: Night Defensive Patrol

Date: 06/07th June 1944 (Tuesday/Wednesday)

Unit: No. 96 Squadron (Fighter Command)

Type: Mosquito NF.XIII

Serial: MM451

Code: ZJ-?

Base: RAF West Malling, Kent

Location: 10 miles off RAF Manston

Pilot: F/O. John Cecil Owen Allan 159499 RAFVR Age 22. Missing - believed killed

Nav: Fl/Sgt. William Milne Patterson 658248 RAFVR Age 25. Missing - believed killed

Relatives would like any information on this crew and in particular any photographs documents. Contact us in the first instance.


During a night defensive patrol the crew experienced engine trouble and were forced to bale out of the aircraft. Despite extensive search no trace of the aircraft for crew were found. Understood to have come down in the North Sea approx 10 miles east of Ramsgate.

Above: 96 Squadron Mosquito's at RAF West Malling

On the night of the 18/19th April 1944 they shot down a Ju88 over Cranbrook in Kent at 01:15hrs. They visited the crash site shortly afterwards as shown above. (courtesy Brian Patterson)

Only two weeks previous to this on the night of the 20/21st May, whilst flying Mosquito NF.XIII HK414 they experienced engine trouble. Attempting to land at RAF West Malling when the windscreen frosted up and they hit a bank - the aircraft received category ‘B’ damage but both crew were unhurt. The Mosquito was later written off.

Mr Nick Yeomans of the Dorking Museum and Heritage Centre contacted us in May 2017:

“Mosquito NF.XIII MM451 was flown regularly by Fl/Lt Norman Sydney Head DFC and F/O. Arthur Charles Andrews DFC. On 14th March 1944 they were credited with destroying two Ju88's and on 22nd a FW190. Fl/Lt Head's son kindly helped with information on his father when we were researching the loss of Junkers Ju88 A-4 WNr. 140099 for a temporary display put on by our local museum.”

Dorking Museum and Heritage Centre is an independent museum funded entirely by public donation and staffed by volunteers.

Left: Fl/Lt Norman Sydney Head DFC and F/O. Arthur Charles Andrews DFC (courtesy of Dorking Museum and Heritage Centre and Michel Head)

Burial details:

F/O. John Cecil Owen Allan. Runnymede Memorial. Panel 204. Son of Richard and Marie Annie Allan, of Alresford, Hampshire, England.

Fl/Sgt. William Milne Patterson. Runnymede Memorial. Panel 221. Son of James and Rebecca Paterson of Nursery Street, Forfar, Angus, Scotland. Husband of Mary Langlands Patterson with whom he had married in January 1942 at the Old Parish Church in Forfar (Mary had lived at Dundee Loan in Forfar). They had a son, Alex who along with his mother moved to South Africa later. They still live there (March 2016)

Researched for Brian Patterson (nephew) and also the son of the navigator - page dedicated to the relatives of this crew, with thanks to sources quoted below. Mr Nick Yeomans of the Dorking Museum and Heritage Centre who contacted us in May 2017

KTY 22.02.2016 - Further photographs added 03.03.2016 courtesy Brian Patterson. New info on aircraft added 03.05.2017

Acknowledgements: Sources used by us in compiling Archive Reports include: Bill Chorley - 'Bomber Command Losses Vols. 1-9, plus ongoing revisions', Dr. Theo E.W. Boiten and Mr. Roderick J. Mackenzie - 'Nightfighter War Diaries Vols. 1 and 2', Martin Middlebrook and Chris Everitt - 'Bomber Command War Diaries', Commonwealth War Graves Commission, Tom Kracker - Kracker Luftwaffe Archives and Fred Paradie - Paradie Archive (both on this site), Robert Gretzyngier, Wojtek Matusiak, Waldemar Wójcik and Józef Zieliński - 'Ku Czci Połeglyçh Lotnikow 1939-1945', Anna Krzystek, Tadeusz Krzystek - 'Polskie Siły Powietrzne w Wielkiej Brytanii', Norman L.R. Franks 'Fighter Command Losses', Aircrew Remembered Databases and our own archives. We are grateful for the support and encouragement of UK Imperial War Museum, Australian War Memorial, Australian National Archives, UK National Archives and Fold3 and countless dedicated friends and researchers across the world.
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