Patrick Tawse Catto

Patrick Catto

                            Patrick Catto

 

 

 

149 Squadron Crest

                      149 Squadron Crest

Sergeant Royal Air Force

Service number 758161

Killed in action 10th October 1940 over Germany

Patrick enlisted in the Royal Air Force in 1939 as a pilot . A year later he was reported missing after his first operational flight. He was flying a Vickers Wellington 1c, registration No P9273 OJ-V, of 149 Squadron RAF from RAF Mildenhall. His crew took off at 10.22 on 9 October on an operation to bomb Herringen in Germany; the aircraft was lost without trace.

149 Sqn Wellington bomber

149 Squadron Welligton Bomber

The Coventry Roll of the Fallen states that he was killed in action and his plane was believed to have crashed in the North Sea. The crew members are commemorated on panel 12 of the Runnymede memorial. Patrick was awarded the following medals: the 1939-45 Star and the War Medal 1939-45.

war-medals

Background information

Patrick was born on 3rd January 1920 at Cowley in Oxford and lived at 7 Eaton Road. He was educated at Coventry Prep School, King Henry VII School, and Gordonstoun. At Gordonstoun he was Captain of Rugby in 1938 and won the inter house cross-country race in 1937 and 1938.

 


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