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Archive Report: Allied Forces

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Operation: Target Towing

Date: 05 March 1943 (Friday)

Unit: No. 771 Squadron (Non Nobis Solum - 'Not unto us alone'). Fleet Air Arm

Type: Defiant TT.I

Serial: DR937

Code: -

Base: RNAS Twatt - HMS Tern

Location: Wide Firth, Orkney's

Pilot: Sub/Lt. (A) Jack Campbell Patterson RNZNVR Age 21. Missing - believed killed

Crew: L/A. Richard Stark RN Survived - seriously injured


On a target towing exercise over Scapa Flow. Taking off from RNAS Hatston to restart the exercise after landing with an engine overheating problem. Nothing was discovered and so after the engine had cooled down Sub/LAt. Patterson decided to continue to RNAS Twatt.

Within minutes the engine let out black smoke and was failing. The pilot attempted to return but was forced to ditch in the waters of the Wide Firth.

Despite attempts by L/A. Stark to free the unconscious pilot he failed and had to cling to wreckage. He was rescued by a boat launch from Shapinsay. Air Sea Rescue carried out searches but nothing could be found of the pilot.

Burial and personal details:

Sub/Lt. (A) Jack Campbell Patterson. New Zealand Naval Memorial, Devonport, Auckland. Panel 9. Born on the 28th December 1921 at Picton. Enlisted on the1st October 1941. Awarded his pilots badge and commissioned on the 19th June 19420. Son of William John Campbell and Florence Jane Patterson (nee Curnow), of York Street,Picton, Marlborough and husband of Kathleen Alberta Patterson, of Picton, New Zealand.

Researched and dedicated to the relatives of this pilot with thanks to Jenifer Lemaire and to the extensive research by Errol Martyn and his publications: “For Your Tomorrow Vols. 1-3”, Auckland Library Heritage Collection, AWMM, Weekly News of New Zealand, Crash Sites Orkney, other sources as quoted below:

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