Flight Sergeant Norman David PATTINSON

Service No: 419969
Born: Toorak VIC, 2 April 1924
Enlisted in the RAAF: 9 October 1942
Unit: No. 1653 Conversion Unit (RAF), RAF Station North Luffenham
Died: Aircraft Accident (No. 1653 Conversion Unit Lancaster aircraft DV161), near North Luffenham, 16 January 1945, Aged 20 Years
Buried: Cambridge City Cemetery, Cambridgeshire
CWGC Additional Information: Son of Norbert Victor and Margaret Muriel Jean Pattinson, of McKinnon, Victoria, Australia
Roll of Honour: Caulfield VIC
Remembered: Panel 128, Commemorative Area, Australian War Memorial, Canberra ACT

At 2303 hours on 15 January 1945, Lancaster DV161 took off from North Luffenham for circuit flying. Two landings were made, but the aircraft crashed shortly after the third take off. The aircraft did not gain height and crashed two minutes later while turning onto the crosswind leg. The aircraft assumed level flight but was sinking and struck the ground with the port wing tip, coming down at Morcott, seven miles south east from Oakham. Seven of the crew members were killed and two were injured.

The crew members of DV161 were:

Flying Officer Stanley William Goodman DFM (156058) (RAFVR) (Screened Pilot)
Sergeant John Paynter King (1335881) (RAFVR) (Air Bomber)
Sergeant G L Longman (1596285) (RAFVR) (Mid Upper Gunner) Injured
Sergeant William Rous Mallory (1808885) (RAFVR) (Navigator)
Sergeant G L Maycock (1596505) (RAFVR) (Rear Gunner) Injured
Pilot Officer William Arthur Marritt DFM (182843) (RAF) (Screened Flight Engineer)
Sergeant Norman Pasquill (1038029) (RAFVR) (Wireless Operator)
Flight Sergeant Norman David Pattinson (419969) (Pilot under instruction)
Sergeant William Frank Porter (3006161) (RAFVR) (Flight Engineer)


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 Veterans’ Affairs On-Line WWII Nominal Roll
National Archives of Australia On-Line Record A705, 166/32/619

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