Pilot Officer Graham Warren Paterson
NZ 424509
Died 9th August 1944
Age 22
Pilot Officer RNZAF
Buried Lusigny-sur-Barse Communal Cemetary. Coll. Grave 22
Died on his 22nd Op. 624 hours.
Halifax V LL308/C took off at 2200 and was bought down 16km SE of Troyes, crashing near Lusigny- sur- Barse, where the 6 who died are buried in a collective grave. Only RNZAF rear gunner Flt Sgt F E O Evan's baled out at 0300 hours 9th Aug about 2kms South of Geraudot. He buried his parachute, harness and mae west and began walking SW. Assisted by the Frence Resistance he evaded capture.
Evan's was interviewed by Max Lambert for his book 'Night after Night' ( see pg 326).
He confirmed the target was in Belgium( dropping supplies to the Belgium resistance.) On the return journey Evan's spotted a fighter but was unable to bring his gun to bear (there was no mid- upper turret on this aircraft). He lost sight of it, the fighter apparently having slid underneath before delivering a burst which quickly led to the Halifax's destruction. Evan's attended the funeral of his crew mates a few days later but was not recognized by the German who briefly entered the church or by those outside when the mourners exited with the coffin ( containing all of the few remains)
None of the documented German night fighter claims for that night can be tied to the loss of 138 Sqn LL.
Most of this information was found on a thread that showed up on google. Would anyone have anymore info regarding my Great Uncle