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John F Flynn

Military

Enlisted RCAF, Joined RAF, assigned to 71 [Eagle] Sqn RAF. Missing from sweep to St.Omer in Spitfire Vb BM206 27-4-42 F/O John F Flynn Killed in Action (KIA).

Service

People

  • John Alexander

    Military | Pilot Officer | Pilot
    Joined RAFVR, service pilot training in US, shipped overseas to ETO, operational training at OTU, assigned to 71S, Bf109 damaged shared 15-5-41, Hurricane Mk I damaged friendly fire !! [John Flynn] 15-5-41.

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Units served with

  • No. 71 'Eagle' Squadron

    No. 71 'Eagle' Squadron

    Squadron
    'On 19 September 1940, No. 71 was reformed at Church Fenton as the first 'Eagle' Squadron to be manned by American personnel. The Squadron received Hurricanes in November and became operational on defensive duties on 5 February 1941. No. 71 converted...

Aircraft

  • BM206

    Spitfire
    Supermarine Spitfire BM206 Mk Vb, Built at Castle Bromwich Aircraft Factory. Delivered to No 5 MU 23-3-42, assigned to 71S 20-4-42, Missing from sweep to St.Omer 27-4-42 P/O J F Flynn killed, SOC.

Associated Place

  • Debden

    Military site : airfield
    RAF Debden, construction of which began in 1935, is perhaps most famous as a Battle of Britain fighter airfield, partly responsible for the defence of London in 1940. In 1942 it was also home to three RAF 'Eagle Squadrons’ of volunteer American pilots...

  • Kirton-in-Lindsey

    Military site : airfield
    Used as an RFC and RAF Home Defence landing ground during the First World War, Kirton-in-Lindsey was built during 1938-40 as an RAF fighter station. It had two grass runways, 10 hardstandings, three grouped C hangars and four over-blister hangars....

  • Martlesham Heath

    Military site : airfield
    Opened in 1917 as home to the RFC Aeroplane Experimental Unit, Martlesham Heath became well known during the 1920s-30s as home to the Aircraft and Armament Experimental Establishment. Used as an RAF fighter station from 1939, with only a grass airfield...

Events

Event Location Date
Born Washington, DC, USA

Born Son of Bernard J. and Dorothy Van Lien Flynn,of Washington, DC, USA.

Enlisted Canada 1941

Enlisted in RCAF.

Joined RAF England, UK 1941

Joined Royal Air Force.

Assigned Debden, Saffron Walden, Essex CB11, UK 1941

Assigned to 71 [Eagle] Sqn RAF.

E/A Kill Dunkirk, France 19 September 1941

Claim 1 x Bf109F destroyed, Rhubarb mission Dunkirk - Dover.

Died Saint-Omer, France 27 April 1942

Missing from sweep to St.Omer in Spitfire Vb BM206 27-4-42 P/O John F Flynn Killed in Action (KIA).

Buried Runnymede Air Forces Memorial, Cooper's Hill Ln, Englefield Green, Egham, Surrey TW20 0LB, UK

Tablets of the missing, Runnymede Air Forces Memorial.
Also Memorialised on Eagle Sqn Monument in Grosvenor Square, London.

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
15 November 2018 16:45:27 MHAS Museum Manager Changes to place associations and media associations
Sources

From Sarah Burwood - Sister-in-Law

Date Contributor Update
05 October 2015 22:33:26 Al_Skiff Changes to service number, biography, awards, events and unit associations
Sources

AAM Database.
Spitfire Production List.
http://forum.12oclockhigh.net/showthread.php?t=14942
http://www.uswarmemorials.org/html/monument_details.php?SiteID=202&MemID...

Date Contributor Update
04 September 2015 09:34:45 Al_Skiff Changes to highest rank, role and events
Sources

AAM Database.
Spitfire Production List.
http://forum.12oclockhigh.net/showthread.php?t=14942
http://www.uswarmemorials.org/html/monument_details.php?SiteID=202&MemID...

Date Contributor Update
03 September 2015 23:20:55 Al_Skiff Changes to nickname
Sources

AAM Database.
Spitfire Production List.
http://forum.12oclockhigh.net/showthread.php?t=14942

Date Contributor Update
03 September 2015 23:13:29 Al_Skiff Changes to events
Sources

AAM Database.
Spitfire Production List.
http://forum.12oclockhigh.net/showthread.php?t=14942

Date Contributor Update
03 September 2015 22:56:35 Al_Skiff Changes to highest rank, biography, events, unit associations and place associations
Sources

AAM Database.
Spitfire Production List.

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:16:00 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Combat Chronology / Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia

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