Pattinson (Sir Lawrence) Archive

Subject strengths: History, Social History, Military History

This collection comprises material relating to Sir Lawrence Arthur Pattinson (1890-1955); a Royal Air Force officer and became Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief of Flying Training Command in 1940 and later Air Marshal.

The collection predominantly comprises 25 private letters from Sir Lawrence to his family while he served as a pilot during the First and Second World Wars. His correspondence describes his training, exercises, daily routines, and details of the places he visited while on duty. There are also accounts of air combat and sketches of planes such as the "German two-tail".

Also included is a comprehensive service history of Sir Lawrence, as well as other varied items relating to his career and family.


Collection Name and Collection Reference Code:

Collection Name: Pattinson (Sir Lawrence) Archive

Archive Ref Code: GB186/LAP

Date Range of Material

1912 - 2011

Type of Material

Personal archive of Sir Lawrence Pattinson

Size of Collection

0.5 Linear Metres of shelving 

How To Order Items From This Collection

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Finding Aid

Archival catalogue available via Archives Hub.

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Other Resources

A biography of Sir Lawrence by his son John L. Pattinson, LAP : The life of Air Marshal Sir Lawrence Arthur Pattinson KBE, CB, DSO, MC, DFC., is available via the Library Search. 

Material from this archive was used in an our Treasure of the Month for October 2015 and in the exhibition Captured, in Flight: An Officer and Private on the Western Front.

See more digitised content from this collection at CollectionsCaptured.