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ROBERT P. PATTERSON, JR.
World War II
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(Taken from a letter sent to Will Lundy)

1657 FTE 9D
Cold Spring, NY 10516

July 3, 2002

Dear Will:

My mother, wife of the then Under Secretary of War, violated all regulations unknowingly, by collecting letters home from the members of our crew, The Available Jones, and circulating the collection for the families of the crewmembers. If you don't have a copy, I could make one for you.

The Available Jones was hit by flak at Ploesti in August 1943 and ditched in the Mediterranean. All members were captured by a German U-Boat and spent time in a prison camp; two escaped.

I had broken my elbow shortly before the raid and was returned to the U.S. I then returned to England with the 34th Bomb Group, first in B-24's and then B-17's, early in 1944 where I completed my tours, flying a total of 45 missions.

Sincerely,

Robert P. Patterson, Jr.

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Biographical information - Robert P. Patterson, Jr.


Robert P. Patterson, Jr. is a United States District Judge in the Southern District of New York. At the time of his appointment in 1988, he was a partner in the New York law firm of Patterson, Belknap & Webb. He assumed senior status in 1998 and is still an active judge.

Judge Patterson earned his B.A. degree from Harvard College in 1947, and his LL.B. degree from Columbia Law School in 1950.

He served in the U.S. Army Air Corps from January 1942 until 1946.

Following his graduation from law school, he entered the private practice oflaw with the New York firm of Dononvan, Leisure,_Newtton, Lumbard & Irvine, where he remained from 1950 until 1953. He was Assistant Counsel of the New York State Crime Commission from 1952 unti11953, and was an Assistant U.S. Attorney in the Southern District of New York from 1953 until 1956, including service as Attorney-in-Charge of the Narcotics and Special Investigation Unit.

He was also detached in 1955 to serve as Assistant Counsel to the U.S. Senate Banking and Currency Committee, to investigate Title I housing projects in New York City.

Judge Patterson returned to the private practice of law in 1956 with the New York firm of Patterson Belknap & Webb, where he remained until his judicial appointment in 1988, including service as a litigation associate until 1960 and thereafter as a partner.

During this period he also was a Special Hearing Officer for Conscientious Objectors of the U.S. Department of Justice (1961 until 1968); and Minority Counsel to the Select Committee Pursuant to U.S. House of Representatives Resolution Number 1, 1967.

Judge Patterson is a past president ofthe New York State Bar Association and of the Legal Aid Society. He is a Trustee of the Vera Institute of Justice.
 
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