LEST WE FORGET

Flight Lieutenant Archibald PATERSON DFC

Service No: 400020
Born: Springfield VIC, 31 July 1917
Enlisted in the RAAF: 28 April 1940
Unit: No. 11 Squadron, RAAF Station Rathmines NSW
Awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross (DFC), 6 October 1942 (Citation Title: No. 203 Squadron (RAF))
Died: Ground Accident, Lake Macquarie NSW, 21 July 1945, Aged 27 Years
Buried: Newcastle (Sandgate) War Cemetery NSW
CWGC Additional Information: Son of Thomas and Elsie Jane Paterson, of Caulfield, Victoria
Roll of Honour: Caulfield VIC
Remembered: Panel 100, Commemorative Area, Australian War Memorial, Canberra ACT
Remembered: Catalina Base Memorial, Rathmines NSW
Remembered: The Capt. Clarence Smith Jeffries (V.C.) and Private William Matthew Currey (V.C.) Memorial Wall, Sandgate NSW

On 21 July 1945, Flight Lieutenant Paterson drowned in the vicinity of Belmont Pier, Lake Macquarie.

References:

Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour On-Line Records
Commonwealth War Graves Commission On-Line Records
Department of Veteran’s Affairs On-Line WWII Nominal Roll
National Archives of Australia On-Line Record A705, 166/32/834
Register of War Memorials in New South Wales On-Line

Bibliography:

McFarlane, C.C. (Cyrus C.) Tojo’s Fate: Australia’s secret war, Sid Harta Publishers Glen Waverley VIC 3150, 2009
McMillan A. (Andrew) Catalina Dreaming: rescues exciting missions and other stories about the famous Australian flying boats of WWII, Duffy and Snellgrove Potts Point NSW, 2002
Wilson, S. (Stewart) Catalina, Neptune and Orion in Australian Service, Aerospace Publications Weston Creek ACT 2611, 1991