Sergeant Henry Patrick - 61 Squadron  
   

Sergeant Henry Patrick - RAFVR

 

Sergeant Henry Patrick was serving as an Air Gunner on board Lancaster Mk.III LM- 377 coded QR-F for an operation to Berlin on January 1/2 1944. The aircraft departed from Skellingthorpe at 2356hrs but on the outward journey they were shot down by a night-fighter. They crashed 800 metres North of Buren,10 km NNE of Neustadt am Rubenberge, all were killed.

The crew consisted of:

Name

Service

Trade

Hometown

Age

F/O George Sharpe

RCAF

Pilot

Windsor,Ontario

23

Sgt Basil Imber

RAFVR

Flight Engineer

Frome,Somerset

19

F/O Ernest Willard

RAFVR

Navigator

Forest Hill, London

21

F/O Alfred Shirley

RAFVR

Bomb Aimer

Rugby, Warwickshire

26

Sgt Alexander Ross

RAFVR

W/Op/AG

Edinburgh

21

Sgt William Churcher

RAFVR

Air Gunner

Cardiff

23

Sgt Henry Patrick

RAFVR

Air Gunner

Babthorpe, Yorkshire

22

Sergeant Henry Patrick was the son of Arthur and Edith May Patrick. He Lived at Babthorpe farm, near Hemingbrough in East Yorkshire with his father, younger brother Joseph (Joe) and  sister Cicely. His mother had died on 21st August 1939. Henry attended Hemingbrough school and worked on the farm before enlisting, he was a member of the Hemingbrough cricket team.

Henry Patrick with fellow Air Gunners, far right, back row.

Henry Patrick is buried in Hanover War cemetery along with the rest of his crew.

 

 
 

Photos courtesy of Jeanette Bray, research by Linda Ibrom