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Ian Costin Patterson



  • Title
  • Forenames
    Ian Costin AWMM
  • Surname
    Patterson AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
  • Service number
    WWII 36178 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
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  • Hapū
  • Waka
  • Rohe
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Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    19 August 1917 AWMM AWMM
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Wars and conflicts

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Military decorations

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  • Medals and Awards
    • Companion of the Distinguished Service Order (DSO) AWMM
      DSO: London Gazette, 11 February 1943. Citation: "This officer has participated in many sorties, involving attacks on targets in enemy occupied territory and in anti-submarine patrols in the North Sea and the Mediterranean. During a patrol in November 1942, he observed a U-Boat on the surface of the sea some distance away. Although it submerged before Squadron Leader Patterson could make his attack, he continued his patrol and, when the submarine resurface, he delivered a skilful attack which resulted in the destruction of the U-boat. During another patrol, later in the month, Squadron Leader Patterson observed a submarine on the surface. He immediately attacked and seriously damaged it. The U-boat was ultimately destroyed. This officer has displayed outstanding skill and devotion to duty, setting an example worthy of the highest praise." (Haigh & Polaschek, p360) AWMM
    • 1939-1945 Star AWMM
    • Atlantic Star AWMM
    • Africa Star (North Africa 1942-43 clasp) AWMM
    • Defence Medal AWMM
    • War Medal 1939-1945 with oak leaf AWMM
    • New Zealand War Service Medal AWMM

Training and Enlistment

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Prisoner of war

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Biographical information

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  • Damaged U-Boat 331 in an attack on 17 November 1942. 331 surrendered but was then destroyed by Royal Navy aircraft.

    Served with 500 Squadron, Royal Air Force (RAF) in North Africa, 1942 - 1943.

    Transferred to Royal New Zealand Air Force (RNZAF) on 1 December 1943.

    Served in the Azores, 1943 - 1944.

    Transferred to Tasman Empire Airways in 1944.

    Notable for ferrying the first Flying Fortress from the USA to the UK early in the war. AWMM
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About death

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  • Death
    24 September 1993 AWMM
    Age 76 AWMM
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  • External links
  • Documents
    • Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force. (1942). Nominal Roll Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force No. 5 (Embarkations from 1st July, 1941 to 30 September, 1941). Wellington, N.Z.: Govt. Printer. AWMM
    • Haigh, J., Polaschek, A. (Eds.). (1993). New Zealand and the Distinguished Service Order. Christchurch, N.Z.: Authors. AWMM
      p.360 AWMM

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