FITZPATRICK, Michael Benedict

Rank: 
Corporal
Regiment/Corps: 
Royal Armoured Corps (Lancers)
Service: 
Army
Service numbers: 
321375
Honours & Awards: 
Died : 
Tuesday, September 19, 1944
Executed
Cemetery/Memorial: 
Corporal Michael Fitzpatrick MM
Corporal Michael Fitzpatrick was awarded the Military Medal in recognition of gallant and distinguished services in successful combined operations against the enemy at Vaagso and Maaloy [1].
Recommendation
Almost immediately after landing at Vaagso, S Norway, Cpl Fitzpatrick was acting as leading scout to his section. The advance was held up by a wire obstacle covered by heavy enemy fire. Cpl Fitzpatrick without hesitation moved forward alone & cut a gap through the wire thus allowing the advance to continue without loss of time. The moment was somewhat critical as a hold up in the early stages might have had a serious delaying effect on the operation as a whole. Cpl Fitzpatrick's coolness and presence of mind quite definitely prevented any such delays occurring.
 
In May 1943 he was posted to the Small Scale Raiding Force and was one of the original members of the 2nd Special Air Service Regiment taking part in numerous operations.
On the night of the 6-7 September 1944 he parachuted into a drop zone near Pexonne in the Vosges departement of eastern France to reinforce Operation Loyton. He, and 2 others from 2 SAS, Private John Joseph Conway and Lance Corporal John Herbert Elliott (who had broken his thigh on landing), were separated from the rest of the stick. They were later captured and executed [2].
 
Sources
[1] London Gazette 35510, page 1506.
[1] National Archives file WO373/93/262.
[2] + [Image] Fuller details in the SAS and LRDG Roll of Honour 1941 -1947.​
 

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