Midshipman Patrick Bernard Jackson,  RN (25th May 1917 2nd October 2004)


Born 25th May 1917, Midshipman Pat Jackson was a student on No. 4 Air Course at 20 ERFTS, Gravesend, starting his training in May 1939.
On the 6th of August 1940 he joined 825 Squadron aboard HMS Furious until February 1941.  He then transferred to HMS Victorious where on the 24th of May 1941,
Jackson along with his crew A/S-Lt. David Anthony Berrill, RN and LA F. G. Sparkes participated in the attack on the Bismarck in Swordfish 5H:V4337
along with another eight Swordfish from 825 squadron.  Out of fuel while searching for the Bismarck, Jackson ditched in the North Atlantic.
Here is his incredible story of survival.

On the 5th of July 1941 Jackson transferred to 768 Squadron at HMS Condor (air station at Arbroath) and on the 15th of March 1942, he became Commanding Officer of 768 Squadron.
He moved to HMS Daedalus (RN air station at Lee-on-Solent) in February 1943 and again transferred in March 1943 to HMS Saker
(as part of the British Admiralty Delegation, Washington, DC) until March 1944, when he became Lieutenant Commander (Flying), HMS Searcher (escort carrier) until July 1945.
Commander Patrick Bernard Jackson passed away on the 2nd of October 2004.

Here is Commander Jackson's obituary from the Daily Telegraph.


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