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    Squadron Leader Pat Pattle 23/7/14 - 20/4/41

    In memory of my namesake and boyhood hero on the 76th anniversary of his death.

    KIA over Athens on penultimate day of the Battle of Greece - 20th April, 1941.

    Aged 26 years.

    https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pat_Pattle

    Rest in Peace Sir.

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    Re: Squadron Leader Pat Pattle 23/7/14 - 20/4/41

    Squadron Leader M T St John Pattle. DFC and Bar.

    Ace of Aces.

    Like many others he made the supreme sacrifice. May they all rest in peace.

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    Re: Squadron Leader Pat Pattle 23/7/14 - 20/4/41

    Strange I had never heard of him. Salute to his bravery.

    Bet you don't find many Marmadukes around these days.

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    Re: Squadron Leader Pat Pattle 23/7/14 - 20/4/41

    See what you did? I went on reading the link

    A total of 26 of Pattle's victims were Italian; 15 were downed with Gloster Gladiators, the rest with Hawker Hurricanes. He is considered to be the highest-scoring ace on both Gladiator and Hurricane (35 victories) fighters.
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    Re: Squadron Leader Pat Pattle 23/7/14 - 20/4/41

    Pattle claimed six victories this day—three Ju 88s and three Bf 109s—plus one Henschel Hs 126 shared and two probables (a Ju 88 and a Bf 109).
    Wow that is some going! Sounds like one of your ATAG sorties Pat!

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    Re: Squadron Leader Pat Pattle 23/7/14 - 20/4/41

    Rest in peace Pat Pattle.


    I believe Roald Dahl flew in the same squadron alongside him as well - he's mentioned a number of times in 'Going Solo'.
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    Re: Squadron Leader Pat Pattle 23/7/14 - 20/4/41

    Quote Originally Posted by kiwiflieger View Post
    Rest in peace Pat Pattle.


    I believe Roald Dahl flew in the same squadron alongside him as well - he's mentioned a number of times in 'Going Solo'.
    That's a good book, and anyone interested in flying should read it. I do recal Dahl writing about Pattle in the book.


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    Re: Squadron Leader Pat Pattle 23/7/14 - 20/4/41

    Good call, Pat! Like so many, Pat Pattle was incredibly brave and we should remember him. Thanks for the heads up.

    Incidentally, I'm reading a book called 'Spitfire Ace' by Gordon Olive DFC, who for a time was based at Hornchurch and Uxbridge and flew for 65 Squadron. He was another Australian flying for the RAF. In the book he mentions another Australian pilot called Hughie Edwards who, after breaking a leg in a horrific Blenheim crash, fought his way back to fitness and later won the VC. You might find him interesting and you can read more about him here:

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hughie_Edwards

    So many brave men. 'Cometh the hour...cometh the man!' Salute All!

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