I first heard of this man only yesterday. What is the name of this most remarkable character?
At school he was outstanding at everything, learning, rugby, cricket, golf and marksmanship.
At University he won the national university boxing championship and while still only 18 years old, captained the international rugby side.
The following year he was selected for the British Lions to tour SouthAfrica.
On leaving university, he became a solicitor.
At the outbreak of the WW2 he volunteered for the army and was commissioned into the Royal Atillery.
In 1941 he volunteered for the commandos and went on a raid into the Lebanon. The raid did not go well and the commandos suffered more than 130 casualties.
After the raid he remonstrated with his CO whom he considered to arrogant and incompetent. The interview ended with his knocking the daylights out of the CO and being placed under arrest.
While he was under arrest he was invited by David Stirling to help form the SAS.
From 1943 to the end of the war he led raids into Italy, France, Holland, Belgium, Germany and Norway often on enemy airfields where he was personally responsible for destroying 130 aircraft. (Douglas Bader destroyed 22).
He was awarded the Legion d'honneur, the Croix de Guerre and the DSO with three bars.
Both King George vi and General Montgomery publicly expressed regret that he had not been awarded the VC but it is thought that his difference with his commanding officer in 1941 lay behind that.
Does anyone know his name?
Lt/col Paddy Mayne
Can you tell us more about this remarkable man please?
Derek if you got a computer go to google and type in Lt/Col Robert Blair Mayne.
Then you can read about this very very remarkable man.
If anyone deserved a Victoria Cross this man did.
Derek, "Paddy" Mayne has been described as the most decorated soldier of WW2. I first heard of him only a few days ago when his story was the special subject chosen by one of the contestants on Mastermind, a GP from Northern Ireland. Mayne was born in Newtonards and there is a statue of him there so he isn't an entirely unsung hero.
As Brian says, there are several websites concerning Mayne accessible via Google, including a video from The History Channel. One of the most thorough is at