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Arnold Raymond Blynn
Arnold Raymond Blynn Flight Lieutenant J/24323 148 RAF Squadron Royal Canadian Air Force April 24, 1918 Plympton, Digby Co., NS July 25, 1939 Halifax, NS 21 August 5, 1944 26 Krakow Rakowicki Cemetery, Poland Coll. grave 1. D. 1. Commemorated on page 252 of the Second World War Book of Remembrance Displayed in the Memorial Chamber of the Peace Tower in Ottawa on May 27 Flight Lieutenant Blynn was the husband of Mary Bernice Blynn (MacNeil) of l'Ardoise, NS; the son of Harry John and Abbie Emma Blynn of Middleton, NS; and brother of Carl, Phyllis, and Doris. On the night of August 4/5, 1944, the crew of Halifax JP 276, RAF 148 Squadron, stationed at Brindisi, Italy was on an operation to drop supplies to the Allied resistance at Warsaw. From an eye witness account the aircraft was hit by a German aircraft and crashed approximately three miles from Dabrowa Tarnowska, in the Province of Cracow, Poland. All seven members of the crew were killed. Several hours after the crash a Polish soldier arrived at the scene and the remains of the crew were recovered and taken to Dabrowa Tarnowska and buried in the State Cemetery. The following day a service was held by the local priest. This was done in secret as the German Gestapo was operational in the area. Members of the crew: Flight Lieutenant A. R. Blynn (Pilot) RCAF; Age 26; Nova Scotia Flight Sergeant C. B. Wylie, (Air Bomber) RCAF; Age 20; Saskatchewan Wireless Operator G. A. Chapman (Navigator) RCAF; Age 24; Ontario Flying Officer H. L. Brown (Wireless Operator/Air Gunner) RCAF; Age 20; Ontario Sergeant F. G. Wenham (Flight Engineer) RAF Aged 21; Southampton UK Sergeant K. J. Ashmore (Air Gunner) RAF Flight Sergeant A. G. W. Liddell (Air Gunner) RCAF Age 31; Quebec
Back Row from Left to Right: Kenneth Ashmore (Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve), Arthur Liddell, Charles Wylie, George Chapman Front Row from Left to Right: Harold Brown, Arnold Blynn, Jack Hobbs (Royal Air Force)