Robert W Lynch
Robert W. Lynch was awarded an American Air Medal for his participation in the first fighter escorted bomber mission over Japanese occupied Kiska Island on September 25th, 1942. He was one of only four RCAF pilots that accompanied the Americans on this offensive attack. On that mission, one Japanese Zero floatplane was shot down and crashed into the Bering Sea by RCAF squadron leader Kenneth "Boomer". It was also said that on that same mission, AAC Squadron leader Maj. John S. Chennault shot down a second Japanese Zero. For their role in the mission, all four Canadian airmen, as well as the American airman, were awarded the distinguished American Air Medal.
Robert's granddaughter, Karen Abel, developed a web site including photos and stories of American and Canadian airmen that served in the Aleutians as well as stories of her recent visit to Alaska. Click here to be redirected to her web site.
Did You Know?
A PBY plane piloted by Lt. Jean Cusick was sent from Dutch Harbor, on June 3, 1942, to locate Japanese forces in the Pacific. He was shot down by enemy fighters en route. Five men out of the seven-man crew survived the crash and got into life rafts. Cusick and his enlisted pilot died on the rafts from their wounds. The other three were captured by the Japanese, and became the first prisoners of war in the Aleutian Campaign.