|Birth: ||Sep. 29, 1921|
|Death: ||Nov. 18, 1943|
Nose Gunner S/Sgt Earl A. Patterson, Jr
U.S. Army Air Forces
Service # 39536544
578th Bomber Squadron, 392nd Bombardment Group (Heavy)
Entered the Service from California
Missing in Action, Killed in Action
Awards: Air Medal, Purple Heart
Target: Kjeller, Norway
Missing Air Crew Report Details
USAAF MACR#: #01503
Date Lost: 18-Nov-43
Serial Number: #42-7486
Aircraft Model B-24
Aircraft Letter: "V-Bar"
Aircraft Name: "THE SHARK" 10th Mission
Location:Suspected of having to ditch in the North Sea.
Cause: Fighters 10 MIA/KIA
For the second consecutive mission, the Group was given a long mission into Norway the only ones to be flown against this country during World War II. Twenty-two (22) aircraft were launched, led by the 579th, and (21) bombed the target from 12,000 ft. with very good results. Once again, enemy fighters were engaged consisting of 20-25 single and twin-engine types with Group gunners claiming (3) kills. The unit suffered (2) aircraft losses, causes unknown, and (20) aircrew casualties all MIA. This was to be the longest mission ever flown by the 392nd as it logged 10:30 hours flight duration.
MISSION LOSS CIRCUMSTANCES: There is no specific account in the MACR on this aircrew's loss except the notation of this aircraft having been attacked by enemy fighters and suspected of having to ditch in the North Sea. There are no indications as to whether this event took place before or after the target was attacked by the Group.
INDIVIDUAL ACCOUNTS OF CREWMEN FATES: None available.
BURIAL RECORDS: No German reports exist on this aircrew's loss. U.S. National Cemetery listings reflect all members of the crew on the WALL OF THE MISSING at the CAMBRIDGE, England, site. All were recorded as having received the Air Medal and the Purple Heart.
Earl Anderson Patterson (1897 - 1968)
Thelma Rose Ray Patterson (1901 - 1986)
Earl A Patterson (1921 - 1943)
Norman Ray Patterson (1923 - 1981)*
Cambridge American Cemetery and Memorial
South Cambridgeshire District
Plot: Tablets of the Missing
Maintained by: Gen Story Girl
Originally Created by: CWGC/ABMC
Record added: Aug 06, 2010
Find A Grave Memorial# 56293205