|Collection type||Private Record|
|Date made||c 1988|
|Related File This file can be copied or viewed via the Memorial’s Reading Room.||AWM315 419/033/044|
Second World War, 1939-1945
Flynn, John James "Jack" (Warrant Officer Class 2, b.1917)
Collection relating to the service of Warrant Officer Class 2 John Flynn.
The collection contains a self published memoir of Sergeant Flynn's POW experience which includes letters and telegrams and reprinted versions of artlces on Flynn by Jack Gallaway, a correspondent working for Salt magazine and Hugh Schmitt. The memoir covers Flynn's work on the Burmese side of the Railway and later survival at sea for 6 days following the sinking of the transport "Rakuyo Maru". Flynn was rescued by the US submarine "Barb" and returned to Australia in October 1944. Flynn later returned to Singapore to evacuate recently released POWs.
The collection also includes a number of photocopied documents including the forword to the published war diaries of Weary Dunlop with a few typed note by Flynn, a Australian bicentenary certificate and letter from Flynn relating to his involvement in '200 Unsung Heros and Heroines', a additional section of memoir written by Flynn, newapaper clippings and a letter and transcript from the Naval Undersea Museum Foundation related to Vice Admiral Eli T. Reich, USN (Ret.).