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
Base: RAF Catfoss, Yorkshire
Location: Barmston, East of Driffield, Yorkshire
Pilot: Sgt. Robert Andrew Patterson R/102077 RCAF Age 20. Killed (1)
REASON FOR LOSS:
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)
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.