Collection LYNCH - LYNCH, Gp Capt John Brayne (1900-1994)

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LYNCH, Gp Capt John Brayne (1900-1994)


  • 1994 (Creation)
  • 1917-1946 (Creation)

Level of description



2 boxes or 0.02 cubic metres

Scope and content

Royal Naval Air Service/RAF pilot's flying log book, 1918-1924; three RAF pilot's flying log books, 1924-1926, 1934-1936 and 1937-1946. Four photograph albums, with many captioned photographs of Lynch's service in Turkey and southern Russia, 1919, and Iraq, 1931-1934, also 51 photographic negatives, mostly of southern Russia, 1919. Personal papers and photographs,1917-1946, including printed RAF certificate for the completion of a course in 'Aerial gunnery and bombing, Eastchurch, Kent, 1924, congratulatory letter to Lynch, concerning a successful air display, from AVM Cyril Louis Norton Newall, Air Officer Commanding Wessex Bombing Area, 1931, and printed service history, compiled by Lynch's son, 1994.

System of arrangement

The collection is arranged in sections as above.

General Information

Name of creator


Biographical history

Born 1900; educated at Stonyhurst College; served in World War One, 1914-1918; pilot, Royal Naval Air Service, 1917; served with Royal Naval Air Service and RAF, 1918-1946; served with No 220 Sqn, Aegean Group, 1918; service with No 221 Sqn on HMS RIVIERA in South Russia and Turkey, 1919; attended Liverpool University, 1920-1922; Lt, Lancashire and CheshireCoast Bde, Royal Garrison Artillery, 1922; transferred to RAF and served with No 203 Sqn, RAF Leuchars, 1923; served with 403 Flight, HMS HERMES, Malta, 1924; Engineering course, RAF Henlow, Bedfordshire, 1926; Flight Lt, 1928; service with Parachute Test Section,RAF Henlow, 1928-1931; commanded armoured car column, Iraq, 1931-1934; served with No 29 Fighter Sqn, North Weald, Epping, Essex, 1934-1936; Sqn Ldr, 1936; commanded No 29 Fighter Sqn, Abyssinia, 1936-1938; service with Fleet Air Arm on HMS GLORIOUS, 1938;service in Singapore, 1939; served in World War Two, 1939-1945; Engineering Branch, Air Ministry, 1940-1941; Engineering Officer, No 56 Officer Training Unit, Long Sutton, Lincolnshire, 1941; commanded RAF Melksham, Wiltshire, 1941-1942; posted to India, 1942, and served in Bengal, 1942-1943; service with 224 Group, Burma, 1944-1946; commanded RAF Market Harborough, Leicestershire, 1946; retired 1946; involved with the RAF Cinema Corporation and the RAF Benevolent Fund, 1950-1960; Hon Secretary, Royal National Lifeboat Institution, Beaumaris, Anglesey, 1960; died 1994.

Custodial history

Placed in the Centre by the family in 1995.

Conditions governing access

Open, subject to signature of Reader's undertaking form, and appropriate provision of two forms of identification, to include one photographic ID.

Conditions governing reproduction

Copies, subject to the condition of the original, may be supplied from open material for research purposes only.

Requests to publish original material should be submitted to the Trustees of the Liddell Hart Centre for Military Archives, via the Archives.

Language of material

  • English

Script of material

Finding aids

This collection level description.

Existence and location of originals

Off-campus collection

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Compiled Sep 1998

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Rules and/or conventions used

Compiled in compliance with General International Standard Archival Description, ISAD(G), second edition, 2000.


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