Please note this is part duplicate listing with our Associate Partners
Rare Bomber Group 8 Divisional Patch (Hornet) c 1942 – then Lt. later Rear Admiral.
Bomber Group 8—Canvas Divisional Sign, (41/2 inches) removed from flying Jacket of the then Navy Lieutenant (Pilot) John Lynch, later to become Rear Admiral. Lynch joined Bomber Group 8 in August 1941,
Lynch would have been wearing this patch when he put a torpedo down both Cruiser Mikuma and Chikuma’s.
This patch remained with his collection of medals/uniform and some air/flying equipment till now, and will come with a cert. showing all the items together including his full medal set which we hold and will offer later, either in sections or as a lot.. illustrated on below Video.
Reserved for Client..
In August 1941, he joined Bombing Squadron 8, based on the USS HORNET, and during the early part of World War II he served as Material Officer, Flight Officer and Executive Officer of that Squadron. For heroism and outstanding achievement while attached to Bombing Squadron EIGHT, he was awarded the Navy Cross, the Distinguished Flying Cross and the Air Medal and Gold Star in lieu of the second Air medal.
Citations follow in Part:-
Navy Cross: (Sinking Cruiser Mikuma)“For extraordinary heroism and outstanding devotion to duty as a pilot in Bombing Squadron EIGHT in action against enemy Japanese forces in the Battle of Midway on June 6, 1942. With utter disregard for his own personal safety and in the face of intense anti-aircraft fire, Lieutenant Lynch parcipated in determined and effective bombing and strafing fire on fleeing enemy Japancese forces, obtaining a successful hit on on of the enemy ships. His courageous action on this occasion contributed to the victory achieved by our forces…”
Distinguished Flying Cross “For heroism and extraordinary achievement as Pilot of a Bombing Plane during action against enemy Japanese forces in the Soloman Islands on September 6 1942. Sighting an enemy submarine on the surface, Lieutenant Lynch, with cool courage and utter disregard for his own personal safety, launched an immediate attack and, as a result of his quick thinking, prompt action, and accurate bombing, contributed to the destruction of the vessel…”
Air Medal: (Crippling damage Heavy Cruiser Chikuma) “For meritorious achievement while participating in aerial flight as leader of a flight of scout bombers of the USS HORNET Air Group during action against enemy Japanese forces near Santa Cruz Islands, October 26, 1942. In a bold fight, opposed by heavy anti-aircraftfire, Lieutenant Lynch pressed home a determined attack, scoring a direct hit on an enemy cruiser. His skilful and courageous conduct reflects great credit upon the U.S. Naval Service.
The Uniform set/ attachments/and medals together with several folders of c 2 years work, will be offered for sale at some point in the future and we look forward to any interest.