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Service No: NZ414664
Andrew George Patterson NEWMAN
From the National Archives AIR/27/987 145 Squadron ORB
18th Jan 1945 - Killed (JF878)
CAPT JACOBS on an Armed Recce N. of the PO found no movement. 15+ barges were seen stationary in the River between G.4618 - 5218 and F/O. NEWMAN and SGT. BRITTON went down to bomb and investigate.
Having missed with bombs he strafed E-W. It would appear he saw something on the River Bank and gave it a ""work out"". As he passed overhead at 100 feet his Target exploded. He flew S. at the same height until his engine caught fire and went in at G.4616.
After the explosion no word was heard of him. On hitting the ground there was no fire but a flash and a puff of black smoke.
It is feared that that he went in with his a/c. Should it be so the Squadron has lost a great Character, known and admired for his cheerfulness, keenness and determination.