Born 1919 in Valparaiso, Chile.
Enlisted in January 1941. E.H.M. Patterson was commissioned
from Leading Aircraftsman (1384217) as a Pilot Officer on
probation RAFVR wef 1 April 1942. He was promoted to Flying
Officer on probation (war substantive) wef 1 October 1942 and
was promoted to Flt Lt (war substantive) wef 1 April
1944. He was posted from the Fighter Leader School to
350 (Belgian) Squadron on 1 June 1944. Staying for only a few
weeks he left for a posting as Flight Commander to 229
Squadron on 18 July 1944. Took command of 229 Squadron in
November 1944 till 10 January 1945 (229 Squadron disbanded on
10 January 1945 to become 603 (City of Edinburgh) Squadron).
Eric Patterson left 603 (City of Edinburgh) Squadron at the
end of January 1945. DFC awarded as per London Gazette dated
26 January 1945. Flt Lt Patterson resigned his commission in
the RAFVR (retaining the rank of Sqn Ldr) wef 6 February 1947.
Source: London Gazette.
Citation as follows:
AS/L Eric Holden Marshall
Patterson (119231) DFC Citation from Air Ministry Bulletin.
"Squadron Leader Patterson
has proved himself to be a most valuable pilot and flight
commander. Since August 1944 he has completed a very large
number of sorties, many of which have been flown in severe
weather and in the face of intense anti-aircraft fire. He has
led many reconnaissance missions against enemy shipping. These
have frequently demanded a high standard of airmanship, skill
and coolness. Squadron Leader Patterson has also destroyed
many enemy transport vehicles. His skill and efficiency as
pilot and leader have always been