Flying Officer Derek Patfield  -  61 Squadron  
   

 

Flying Officer Derek Patfield - RAFVR

 

 

 Flying Officer Derek Patfield RAFVR enlisted when he was aged 19. After completing his training in Canada, he joined 61 squadron as Bomb Aimer on Lancasterís, flying 3 ops from Coningsbury and a further 30 ops from Skellingthorpe, Lincolnshire with the Freeman and Auckland crews.

 Sadly Derek passed away in 2007 and leaves a wife, Jesse and daughter Linda. Further reading of his time in Bomber Command can be found in the article, Through the Bombsight.

Photo courtesy of Derek Patfield, research by Linda Ibrom.