FITZPATRICK, Michael Benedict

Rank: 
Corporal
Unit/Base: 
Regiment/Corps: 
Royal Armoured Corps (Lancers)
Service: 
Army
Service numbers: 
321375
Honours & Awards: 
Died : 
Tuesday, September 19, 1944
Cemetery/Memorial: 
Corporal Michael Fitzpatrick MM
Corporal Michael Fitzpatrick was awarded the M.M. in recognition of gallant and distinguished services in successful combined operations against the enemy at Vaagso and Maaloy [1].
 
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 Gazettes Supp. 35510, page 1506.
[1] National Archives file WO 373/93/262.
[2] + [Image] The SAS and LRDG Roll of Honour 1941 -1947.​
 

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