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Death of Brendan 'Paddy' Finucane - Top scoring Irish ace of WWII | 32 victories



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On 15th July 1942, Wing Commander Brendan ‘Paddy’ Finucane, the top scoring Irish ace of the Second World War, led the Hornchurch Wing on a Ramrod ground attack sortie against a German army camp at Étaples, France. As the wing flew over the French coast near Le Touquet, a burst of machine-gun fire hit the radiator on Finucane’s Spitfire Mk.V, causing the engine to quickly overheat and eventually lose power. Attempting to fly back to England Finucane was forced to ditch, but despite making a very good water landing Finucane was not seen to exit his Spitfire. He is presumed to have been knocked unconscious during the ditching or unable to make it out of his aircraft in time.

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Sources
https://www.key.aero/article/paddy-finucane-flying-shamrock
http://bbm.org.uk/airmen/as-finucane.htm
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paddy_Finucane#Death
http://acesofww2.com/can/aces/aikman/

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