Pilot Officer Thomas Lynch, rear gunner

Accession Number ART26258
Collection type Art
Measurement overall: 37.9 x 27.6 cm
Object type Drawing
Physical description pencil on paper
Location Anzac Hall: Main Hall: George
Maker Bowen, Stella
Place made United Kingdom: England, Lincolnshire, Binbrook
Date made 1944
Conflict Second World War, 1939-1945
Copyright Item copyright: © Australian War Memorial
Creative Commons License This item is licensed under CC BY-NC

Portrait of Pilot Officer Thomas Joseph Lynch, rear gunner of 460 Squadron, wearing C-type flying helmet and oxygen mask. This is a study for the painting 'Bomber crew'. Pilot Officer Lynch, who was presumed to have perished with the rest of the crew, was eventually discovered in a German prisoner-of-war camp. He reported that the bomber was shot down in the vicinity of Lahr, near the Swiss border. The crash saw him unconscious until 4 May, when he awoke as a patient in a German air force hospital in Baden-Baden. A German doctor told him the remaining crew had been killed. Lynch himself was badly injured and spent many weeks in various hospitals. Following amputation of his right leg and more time in hospital, he was posted to Stalag IXC to await repatriation.