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22/23.11.1942 No. 2 O.T.U. Beaufighter VI EL394 Sgt. Patterson

Operation: Night training exercise

Date: 22/23rd November 1942 (Sunday/Monday)

Unit: No. 2 O.T.U. (Operational Training Unit - Coastal Command)

Type: Beaufighter VI

Serial: EL394

Code: ?

Base: RAF Catfoss, Yorkshire

Location: Barmston, East of Driffield, Yorkshire

Pilot: Sgt. Robert Andrew Patterson R/102077 RCAF Age 20. Killed (1)


During night training this No. 2 O.T.U. Beaufighter was practising circuits and landing exercises when it collided with a Spitfire Vb BL246 SZ-A from 316 Squadron and crashed in the village of Barmston, killing both crew members.

Sgt. Robert Andrew Patterson (see credits)

Burial Details:

Sgt. Robert Andrew Patterson. Brandesburton Churchyard. Grave 23. Son of Walter and Agnes Bernice Patterson, of Mossbank, Saskatchewan, Canada.

(1) Patterson Creek in Saskatchewan has been renamed after Sgt. Robert Andrew Patterson

Researched for relatives of the pilot with thanks to the Grangemouth Air Cadets and the Grangemouth Spitfire Memorial Trust who provided me with so much information and assistance during my visit, Polish Squadron O.R.B. 'website'. The supplier of this great photograph has requested to remain anon for the time being.

KTY - 31.08.2017 Map added

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, Michel Beckers, Major Fred Paradie (RCAF) and MWO François Dutil (RCAF) - Paradie Archive (on this site), Jean Schadskaje, Major Jack O'Connor USAF (Retd.), 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', Franek Grabowski, Norman L.R. Franks 'Fighter Command Losses', Aircrew Remembered Databases and our own archives. We are grateful for the support and encouragement of CWGC, UK Imperial War Museum, Australian War Memorial, Australian National Archives, New Zealand National Archives, UK National Archives and Fold3 and countless dedicated friends and researchers across the world.
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