Flight Lieutenant, soon to be Wing Commander, ‘Paddy’ Finucane sits in his Spitfire.
Flight Lieutenant Brendan Eamonn ‘Paddy’ Finucane sits in the cockpit of his Mk VB Supermarine Spitfire in October 1941.
An Irishman by birth, Finucane chose to serve with the Royal Air Force when war broke out in 1939. Based at RAF Kenley with 452 Squadron, he was later awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross and Distinguished Service Order.
Finucane took off with the rest of his flight in July 1942 for a mission over Northern France. Finucane’s aircraft came under heavy fire from a ground weapon, which was later reported by the rest of his flight to have been a machine gun. His Spitfire was severely damaged and he turned back for Britain, with some members of his flight strafing the machine gun in an attempt to help him make it home.
Unfortunately, he was unable to make it back to England, nd had to ditch his aricraft somewhere in the English Channel, with the RAF’s Search and Rescue unit, unable to locate him.
Wing Commander Brendan Eamonn Fergus Finucane, DSO, DFC & Two Bars 1920 – 1942.