Personnel Index - Detail

Name
PATERSON
First Names
Arthur
Rank
Pilot Officer
Service
RAF
Service Number
79215
Crew Position
Air Gunner
Posting Details
Posted in 8/40 and out 6/41
Age
35

 

Awarded the DFC.



Flew 28 Hampden operations as an air gunner and wireless operator.
 



Although all his 49Sqn operations were as an Air Gunner or Wireless Operator, his headstone indicates that he was a pilot.

Investigations by the CWGC & AHB have recently confirmed that Arthur Paterson was indeed an Air Gunner.
The CWGC records and headstone will be amended in due course.



The above operations list compiled by Ed Norman.

Further information via Colin Cripps:

Flying Officer Paterson was killed on 27th July 1941 and is buried in the Stranraer Glebe Cemetery.

He was flying in Hampden P1162 which was attached to No 3 Air Gunnery School, Castle Kennedy, near Stranraer.
The aircraft, which was undertaking camera gun trials, stalled in a turn shortly after take-off and crashed at 10.32 killing all five crew members.

The crew were:
Sgt H G Turner (Pilot....unknown squadron)
Sgt K Snuggs (Wireless Operator/Air Gunner.....44Sqn)
F/S G E Appleton (Wireless Operator/Air Gunner.....49Sqn)
F/S A D Batty (Wireless Operator/Air Gunner.....226Sqn)
F/O A Paterson (Wireless Operator/Air Gunner.....ex49Sqn)

Sadly the pilot, Sgt H G Turner, has no known grave and is remembered on the Runnymede Memorial.