Lynn, Lewis Alan

Service number:
40124
Nationality:
South African

Biography

Lewis Lynn from Witbank, Transvaal had initially attended the South African Training Ship (SATS) "General Botha" from 1932 - 1933. Thereafter he joined the RAF, and by 1944 was operating with No 320 (Netherlands) Squadron, RAF, flying B25 Mitchell twin-engined bombers who were then detailed to bomb the V1 launching platforms in Northern France, known as Operation Crossbow.

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Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Acting Wing Commander
Unit:
No. 107 Squadron, Royal Air Force (No. 107 Squadron, Royal Air Force)
Awarded on:
June 26th, 1942
Action:
Citation:
"This offlcer led almost every raid carried out by his squadron recently. These include low-level attacks on the enemy's shipping, docks, marshaling yards and other important targets. In August, 1941, he led a formation in an attack on a large convoy and sank a 5,000-ton ship. He has proved himself to be an inspiring leader in the air, while on the ground, his initiative and energy have been instrumental in raising the squadron to a high pitch of operational efficiency."
Distinguished Flying Cross (DFC)
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Acting Wing Commander
Unit:
No. 320 Squadron, Royal Air Force (No. 320 Squadron, Royal Air Force)
Awarded on:
February 11th, 1944
Distinguished Service Order (DSO)
Action:
Citation:
"This officer has completed a very large number of sorties and has displayed skill, courage and determination of the highest order. He is a most inspiring and forceful leader, whose personal example has been reflected in the fine fighting qualities of his squadron which has obtained many successes in recent operations over Northem France. Wing Commander Lynn has displayed outstanding keenness and devotion to duty and his achievements have been worthy of great praise."
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Acting Wing Commander
Awarded on:
July 14th, 1944
Action:
Citation:
"Wing Commander Lynn has completed a large number of day and night sories during which he has successfully attacked a wide range of strongly defended targets. He has maintained a high standard of operational flying and his genius for leadership has been outstnading. His achievements have won great praise."
Details:
Second DSO awarded as a bar for on the ribbon of the first DSO.
Distinguished Service Order (DSO)
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Wing-Commander (Wing Commander)
Unit:
Royal Air Force
Awarded on:
November 16th, 1944
Vliegerkruis (VK)
Action:
As tactical commander of 320 Squadron R.D.N.A.S. of Our Naval Air Service in the United Kingdom, he has commanded this squadron in remarkable fashion over a period of four months so said part of Our Naval Service could highly benefit from his knowledge and wartime experiences.
Details:
Royal decree no.3
Later withdrawn and replaced bij a Bronze Lion
Note, this mentions an immediate Bronze lion Award, Which makes more sence because of the date.

Sources

  • - Third Supplement to The London Gazette Issue 35609 published on the 23 June 1942
    - Fifth Supplement to The London Gazette Issue 36374 published on the 8 February 1944
    - Fifth Supplement to The London Gazette Issue 36609 published on the 11 July 1944
    - Third Supplement to The London Gazette Issue 37001 published on the 23 March 1945
    - Flight Global - Archive
    - The Dutch Medals Page
    - The Journal and Poetry of Ross Dix-Peek