Lot 728: WWII & Korea. A group of medals and badges awarded to Rear Admiral John. J. Lynch, US Naval Aviator and highly decorated veteran of WWII and the Korean War, Comprising Navy Cross; Navy Distinguished Service Medal; Legion of Merit, reverse engraved 'John Lynch'; Distinguished Flying Cross, reverse engraved 'J.J. Lynch U.S.N.'; Air Medal reverse, engraved 'J.J. Lynch U.S.N.'; Army Commendation Medal; Army Defence Medal, with 'Fleet' bar; American Campaign Medal; Asiatic Pacific Campaign Medal ; WWII Victory Medal; Occupation Service Medal with 'Europe' bar; National Defence Medal; Korean Service Medal; United Nations for Korea Medal; Liberation of the Philippines Medal; Vietnam Service Medal, presented in a modern display case with gilt metal badges, cloth badge and button, together with an extensive amount of original documentation and copied research in two ring binder files, an U.S. Navy uniform, comprising, hat, tunic with medal riband bars and trousers, a private purchase brown leather flying jacket and helmet, various card medal boxes, reel to reel film, plus a colour print. Provenance: From the Christopher John collection. Admiral Lynch (1911-1988) was born in Boston, educated at Boston College receiving a law degree. He joined the Royal Navy in 1935 and became a bomber pilot. During WWII he served in the Pacific with 8th Bomber Squadron as a pilot of dive bombers and torpedo planes. He received the Navy Cross when as a pilot of a SBD Dauntless dive bomber in Bombing Squadron Eight of USS Hornet he scored a direct hit on the Japanese cruiser Mikuma during the Battle of Medway on 6 June 1942. He was awarded the DFC for sinking an enemy submarine during combat in the Solomon Islands on 6 September 1942, he also received the Air Medal and Gold Star in lieu of a second Air Medal, the first for leading a fight of scout bombers of the USS Hornet in action against Japanese forces and scoring a direct hit on enemy cruiser Chikuma near Santa Cruz Island on 26 October 1942, and the second for meritorious achievement as leader of a division and pilot of scout-bombers during a raid on Japanese forces in the Guadalcanal and Rekata Bay area in the face of heavy anti-aircraft fire destroying twelve enemy float seaplanes and shore installations including gasoline dumps. He also received the Legion of Merit as Operations Officer on the Staff of a Carrier Task Group. Post War service saw Lynch attending the Naval War College, transferring to Washington in 1947 and assigned to the Pentagon, during the Korean War he served as Executive Officer and Operations Officer of the USS Lake Champlain and later was the Naval attache at the US embassy in Moscow. Lynch commanded the aircraft carrier Coral Sea in 1960 and had various other land and sea duties in the 1960s. He was chief of staff of the US strike command at McDill Air Force Base in Florida where he was awarded the second Legion of Merit and Distinguished Service Medal, he retired from service in 1970. (a carton)
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