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Air Commodore Patrick Geraint "Jamie" Jameson CB DSO DFC* was a New Zealander who flew with the Royal Air Force and was recognised as an Ace

Jameson was born on 10 November 1912 in Wellingtonmarker, New Zealandmarker and was educated in Lower Huttmarker before taking up employment as an assurance clerk with Colonial Mutual Life. He learned to fly privately in 1933 at the Wellington Aero Club, and in January 1936 left New Zealand and travelled to England to join the Royal Air Force (Service Number 37813). He completed his flying training in January 1937 and was posted to No. 46 Squadron RAF.

At the outbreak of war, Jameson was a flight commander on 46 Sqn, flying Hurricanes. In April 1940 he took part in the Norwegian campaign, and on 8 June he was the last man to leave the sinking carrier HMS Glorious after the German battleships Scharnhorst and Gneisenau had shelled her. Rescued, he returned to England, taking command of No. 266 Squadron RAF, part of Douglas Bader's Wing. In August 1942 he led No. 12 Group RAF Wing over Dieppemarker, and in December was posted to RAF North Wealdmarker to command 331 & 332 Norwegian Squadrons. In July 1944 he took command of 122 Wing, ending the war an Ace with 9 victories.

He was recognised for his actions, being awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross on 23 July 1940:
Acting Flight Lieutenant Patrick Geraint JAMESON (37813).This officer led his flight with determination over completely strange country during operations in the Narvik area. He discovered and set on fire, two four-engined enemy flying boats which were concealed against the almost vertical side of Rombaksfjord, in a position most difficult to attack. No trace of them was found during a reconnaissance shortly afterwards. The following morning he destroyed a Junkers 88 over Ofotfjord. During the previous seven months he has led his flight with skill and determination, both by day and by night, often in extremely bad weather conditions. His example has been an inspiration to the rest of the squadron.


He was awarded a Bar to his DFC on 7 October 1941:
Acting Wing Commander Patrick Geraint JAMESON, DFC (37813), Reserve of Air Force Officers, No.266 Squadron.This officer has set a high standard in the performance of his duties. He is a fine leader whose unsparing efforts have contributed to the excellent fighting spirit of his fellow pilots. Wing Commander Jameson has destroyed six enemy aircraft, one being shot down at night, and he has damaged two others. His bearing in the face of the enemy has been of the highest order.


Jameson was later awarded the Distinguished Service Order on 9 March 1943:
Acting Wing Commander Patrick Geraint JAMESON, DFC (37813).Since December, 1942, this officer has led the wing on 21 sorties in which 13 enemy aircraft havebeen destroyed. Early in February 1943, over France, the wing was attacked by some 60 enemyfighters. During the combat, Wing Commander Jameson was attacked by 8 of the enemy aircraftbut he fought his way clear and eventually led the wing back to base without loss. Some dayslater, whilst acting as escort to a force of bombers, the wing engaged a large formation of enemyfighters and shot down 7 of them, 2 being destroyed by Wing Commander Jameson. By his inspiring leadership and fine fighting qualities, this officer has won the complete confidence of all withwhom he has flown. Wing Commander Jameson has destroyed 9 enemy aircraft, 2 of them at night.


In September 1945 he was Officer Commanding RAF Schleswigland and was later Officer Commanding of RAF Wunsdorf.

Jameson retired in 1960 and, after being treated for tuberculosis, returned to New Zealand. He was appointed Companion in The Most Honourable Order of the Bath in 1959.

References

  1. http://www.bbm.org.uk/Jameson.htm
  2. http://www.rafweb.org/Biographies/Jameson.htm
  3. http://www.rafweb.org/Biographies/Jameson.htm



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