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P. A. Fitzpatrick

Occupation: Navy Machinist's Mate 3rd
Managed by: Dan Berwin Brockman
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About P. A. Fitzpatrick

Records and photographs place P. A. Fitzpatrick Aviation Machinist's Mate 3rd Class USN onboard Patrol Squadron 44 (VP-44) PBY 5A Catalina patrol bomber that found the approaching Japanese Midway occupation fleet on June 3, 1942. His Pilot was Ensign Jewell H. Reid, USN. Hs co-pilot was Ensign Hardeman USN. The photo caption states that he is at the bottom right.

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3 June 1942: At dawn, twenty-two U.S. Navy PBY-5A Catalina patrol bombers launched from Midway Island to search for a Japanese fleet which was expected to be heading toward the American island base. One of them, 44-P-4, (Bu. No. 08031) commanded by Ensign Jewell Harmon (“Jack”) Reid of Patrol Squadron 44 (VP-44), sighted Admiral Raizo Tanaka’s Midway Occupation Force, 700 nautical miles (1,296 kilometers) west of the atoll, shortly before 9:00 a.m.

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