Flight Sergeant Joseph Dallas PATERSON

Service No: 432425
Born: Mayfield NSW, 12 April 1924
Enlisted in the RAAF: 15 December 1942
Unit: No. 192 Squadron (RAF), RAF Station Foulsham, Norfolk
Died: Air Operations: (No. 192 Squadron Halifax aircraft MZ449), Germany, 23 February 1945, Aged 20 Years
Buried: Durnbach War Cemetery, Bad Tolz, Bayern, Germany
CWGC Additional Information: Son of Sidney Joseph and Elsie May Paterson, of Mayfield, New South Wales, Australia.
Roll of Honour: Newcastle NSW
Remembered: Panel 128, Commemorative Area, Australian War Memorial, Canberra ACT

At 1625 hours on the night of 23 February 1945 Halifax MZ449 took off from Foulsham on a special duty (radar counter-measures) flight accompanying the Bomber Command force attacking a marshalling yard at Pforzheim. Nothing was heard from the aircraft after take off and it failed to return to base. The aircraft was shot down by a night fighter and crashed near Neuhausen on 23 February 1945, which is 18 miles west of Stuttgart. Six of the crew members were killed, and two became Prisoners of War.

The crew members of Halifax MZ449 were:

Flying Officer G E Barking (156664) (RAFVR) (Specialist Equipment Operator) PoW
Flight Sergeant Anthony Martin Brunton (1601746) (RAFVR) (Navigator)
Flight Sergeant John Frederick Carvell (1801137) (RAF) (Air Bomber)
Sergeant L W Greaves (3031567) (RAFVR) (Air Gunner) POW
Flight Sergeant George Alfred Cyril Morgan (1801046) (RAFVR) (Pilot)
Flight Sergeant Dallas Joseph Paterson (432425) (Wireless Operator Air)
Sergeant Eric Spencer (1595558) (RAFVR) (Flight Engineer)
Sergeant William Middlemiss Wilkinson (3020028) (RAFVR) (Air Gunner)


Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour On-Line Records (RAAF Casualty Information compiled by Alan Storr (409804))
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, 166/32/681