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Finucane, Brendan Éamonn Fergus "Paddy"

Date of birth:
October 16th, 1920 (Dublin, Ireland)
Date of death:
July 15th, 1942
Mentioned on:
Air Forces Memorial Runnymede
Nationality:
Irish (1919-present, Republic)

Biography

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Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Flying Officer
Unit:
No. 65 Squadron, Royal Air Force
Awarded on:
May 13th, 1941
Action:
Citiation:
"This officer has shown great keenness in his efforts to engage the enemy and he has destroyed at least 5 of their aircraft. His courage and enthusiasm have been a source of encouragement to other pilots of the squadron".
Distinguished Flying Cross (DFC)
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Acting Flight Lieutenant
Unit:
No. 452 Squadron, Royal Autralian Air Force
Awarded on:
September 9th, 1941
Distinguished Flying Cross (DFC)
Action:
Citation:
"This officer has led his flight with great dash, determination and courage in the face of the enemy. Since July, 1941, he has destroyed three enemy aircraft and assisted in the destruction of a further two. Flight Lieutenant Finucane has been largely responsible
for the fine fighting spirit of the unit".
Details:
Awarded as a bar for on the ribbon of the first DFC.
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Acting Flight Lieutenant
Unit:
No. 452 Squadron, Royal Australian Air Force
Awarded on:
September 26th, 1941
Distinguished Flying Cross (DFC)
Action:
Citiation:
"This officer has fought with marked success during recent operations over Northern France and has destroyed a further six enemy aircraft. Of these, three were destroyed in one day and two in a single sortie on another occasion. His ability and courage have been reflected in the high
standard of morale and fighting spirit of his unit. Flight Lieutenant Finucane has personally destroyed fifteen hostile aircraft".
Details:
Awarded as a bar for on the ribbon of the first DFC.
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Acting Flight Lieutenant
Unit:
No. 452 Squadron, Royal Australian Air Force
Awarded on:
October 21st, 1941
Distinguished Service Order (DSO)
Action:
Recently, during two sorties on consecutive days, Flight Lieutenant Finucane destroyed 5 Messerschmitt 109's bringing his total victories to at least 20. He has flown with this squadron since June, 1941, during which time the squadron has destroyed 42 enemy aircraft of which Flight Lieutenant Finucane has personally destroyed 15. The successes achieved are undoubtedly due to this officer's brilliant leadership and example.

Sources

  • Photo 1: Wikipedia
  • Photo: Wikipedia
  • - The London, Gazette, Issue 35161, published on the 13 May 1941
    - The London Gazette, Issue 35270, published on the 9 September 1941
    - The London Gazette, Issue 35287, published on the 23 September 1941
    - The London Gazette, issue 35318, published on the 17 October 1941, supplement 6103
    - Wikipedia

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