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Richard Fuller Patterson

Military

Fuller Patterson grew up in Richmond, Virginia and decided to join up in Canada to "get into the war". He flew as a fighter pilot for the Royal Canadian Air Force from England as part of No. 121 Squadron. He went missing from a ground attack mission to Knocke, Belgium in Spitfire W3711. Killed in Action (KIA) 7 December 1941.

I am Fuller Patterson's grand-niece. It was previously mentioned that he had no family left and that is incorrect. I actually just collarborated on an article remembering Fuller for the Richmond Times Dispatch that appeared in this past Sundays (5/24/15) paper. Fullers sister just died in 2013 and she was my grandmother. Fuller was an inspirational person. I have uploaded his story for all to read....the story if his death is almost as incredible as his life.

In Memoriam

'Fuller was my friend he lived in Richmond VA USA, and joined the Canadian Air Force, His brother was killed in 1945, None of his family are left'
Remembered by Lieutenant Colonel Gordon F Penick, Glen Allen, VA

Service

Units served with

  • No. 121 'Eagle' Squadron

    No. 121 'Eagle' Squadron

    Squadron
    'On 14 May 1941, No. 121 was reformed at Kirton-in-Lindsey as the second 'Eagle' Squadron to be manned by American volunteers. Equipped with Hurricanes, it began defensive patrols in October but in November it converted to Spitfires. It moved to North...

Aircraft

  • W3711

    Spitfire
    Supermarine Spitfire W3711 Mk Vb Const #1964, Built at Chattis Hill. ...

Associated Place

  • Biggin Hill

    Military site : airfield
    An RAF Station with US lodger units. USAAF Spitfires and P-38s were attached to RAF No 11 Group stations in mid-1942 for training; also used for special operations by British and US forces.

Events

Event Location Date
Born Richmond, VA, USA

Born son of James Thomas and Mattie Gregory Patterson, of Richmond, Virginia, USA.

Lived in Richmond, VA, USA 1930

Exact dates not yet known

Graduated from Princeton Princeton University, Princeton, NJ 08544, USA 1938
Enlisted Montreal, QC, Canada April 1940

Enlisted in the Royal Canadian Air Force

Based Kirton-in-Lindsey October 1940 – 7 December 1941

No. 121 Squadron of the RAF were stationed here from May to December 1940

Died 8647 Knokke, Belgium 7 December 1941

Missing from ground attack mission to Knocke in Spitfire W3711 7-12-41. KIA.

Buried Bredene, Belgium 1945

Bredene Churchyard, Belgium .

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
26 February 2016 17:43:54 Al_Skiff Changes to unit associations and place associations
Sources

http://www.uswarmemorials.org/html/people_details.php?PeopleID=3614

Date Contributor Update
29 October 2015 14:33:05 Al_Skiff Changes to nickname, service number, role, biography and events
Sources

http://www.uswarmemorials.org/html/people_details.php?PeopleID=3614

Date Contributor Update
11 June 2015 15:51:09 Lucy May Changes to nickname, role, biography, events and place associations
Sources

Added some basic details to the entry from the article posted by Fuller Patterson's grand niece.

Also used:
http://www.northwealdairfieldhistory.org/content/eagle-squadrons
http://www.londonremembers.com/subjects/r-fuller-patterson
Princeton Alumni Weekly, Volume 42, page 24 (via Google Books)

Date Contributor Update
26 May 2015 04:22:31 lcrittend Changes to biography
Sources

update from Fuller's Grand-niece

Date Contributor Update
26 May 2015 04:19:32 lcrittend Changes to biography and events
Sources

I am Fuller Patterson's grand-niece. It was preiviously mentioned that he had no family left and that is in correct. I actually just collarborated on an article remembering Fuller for the Richmond Times Dispatch that appeared in this past Sundays paper. Fullers sister just died in 2013 and she was my grandmother. Fuller was an inspirational person.

http://www.richmond.com/news/local/city-of-richmond/article_a63aa409-bbb...

Date Contributor Update
25 November 2014 14:15:03 Emily Changes to highest rank, memoriam, events and unit associations
Sources

Gordon F Penick, via American Air Museum Memory Book Correspondence

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:22:34 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Combat Chronology / Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia

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