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Ernest H Patterson


On return to base B17 #42-37869 crashed at Oakhampion returning from Atlantic weather reconnaissance mission. 5 KNO +2 RTD +1 RAF


Units served with

  • 25th Bomb Group

    25th Bomb Group

    The 25th Bombardment Group (Reconnaissance) was constituted in the days after D-Day and activated in England in August 1944 to carry out photographic and mapping missions over mainland Europe as the Allied armies pushed east. The Group were designated...

  • 652nd Bomb Squadron
  • No 1 Combat Crew Replacement Center

    No 1 Combat Crew Replacement Center

    Redesignated from No 11 Combat Crew Replacement Center on 12 November 1943. ...


  • 42-37869

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Denver 25/9/43; Gr Island 7/10/43; Assigned 20FG, 8th Weather Flight Cheddington 25/10/43; on flight from St Eval to base 25/12/43, crashed on hillside three miles SE of Bridestowe, near Oakhampton, Devon, UK, with Ernie Patterson, Co-pilot:...


Event Location Date
Survived aircraft crash Okehampton EX20, UK 25 December 1943


Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:09:15 AAM AAM ingest

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / Losses of the 8th & 9th AFs Vol. I, p. 439; Aerial Intelligence of the 8th Air Force, pg 18 (photo), 39