Operation Torch, Allied landings in North Africa began on 8th November 1942. Able Seaman Fitzpatrick of Whiteabbey, Co. Antrim was among the first casualties.
Able Seaman William James Joseph Fitzpatrick died on 8th November 1942 serving on H.M.S. Walney as the cutter crashed through the harbour boom at Oran, Algeria.
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