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Name: William Donald Patrick
Country: Scotland
Rank: Captain
Service: Royal Flying Corps
Royal Air Force
Unit: 1
Victories: 7
Born: 1889
Place of Birth: Dalry, Ayrshire, Scotland
Died: 17 February 1967
Place of Death: Edinburgh, Midlothian, Scotland
The son of William and Anne Patrick, William Donald Patrick was educated at the High School of Glasgow and the University of Glasgow. He joined the Royal Flying Corps, becoming a 2nd Lieutenant in July 1916. Posted to 1 Squadron in 1917, Patrick scored seven victories before he was shot down by ground fire over Messines on 10 April 1918. He was captured and interned at Holzminden for the duration of the war.

At the end of the Second World War, Patrick was one of the military tribunal judges that tried General Hideki Tojo and other Japanese officers for war crimes.
The Sunday Post, Lanarkshire, Scotland, 3 Mar 1946
The Glasgow Herald, Glasgow, Scotland, 18 Feb 1967
Date Time Unit Aircraft Opponent Location
1 24 Oct 1917 0625 1 Nieuport (B6768) C (OOC) 1 Moorslede
2 17 Dec 1917 1420 1 Nieuport (B6830) C (OOC) 2 SW of Moorslede
3 18 Dec 1917 1150 1 Nieuport (B6830) Albatros D.V (DES) N of Wervicq
4 09 Jan 1918 1025 1 Nieuport (B6830) DFW C (OOC) Comines
5 28 Feb 1918 1710 1 S.E.5a (B641) Albatros D.V (OOC) 3 Gheluvelt
6 13 Mar 1918 1220 1 S.E.5a (B641) Pfalz D.III (DES) 4 Wieltje
7 15 Mar 1918 1010 1 S.E.5a (B520) Albatros D.V (DES) Stadenberg

1 Shared with Capt Philip Fullard
2 Shared with Capt William Rogers, Lt R C Sotham (B6768)
3 Shared with 2Lt Francis Magoun
4 Shared with Capt Guy Moore, Capt Herbert Hamilton, Lt Harry Rigby, Lt A Hollis (B520), 2Lt L W Mawbey (B632), 2Lt Percy Clayson, 2Lt A E Sweeting (A8932), 2Lt W M R Gray (A8904)
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