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John J. Lynch Jr., 94, Lifelong Bridgeport Resident

BRIDGEPORT, Conn. — Lifelong Bridgeport resident John J. Lynch Jr., died Thursday May 12. He was 94.

Lynch was a World War II veteran that entered the U.S. Army Air Corp in 1941 and flew 15 B-17 invasions as part of the 388th Bombardment Group.

In January 1944, on a mission to Frankfurt, Germany, his plane was shot down over Busigny, France by a German fighter pilot.

He was taken into custody and spent 15 months in a series of German prison camps. He was liberated by General Patton's Third Army and awarded the Purple Heart.

Lynch joined the Bridgeport Police Department in October, 1950 rising to to the rank of lieutenant before retirement.

He was a member of the Galic American Club of Fairfield.

Lynch is survived by his sons, Jim and Dan Lynch; daughter, Kathleen Stattel and her husband Ray; grandchildren, Melissa Green, Andrew Stattel, Nora Griffin and her husband David, and Austin Lynch; and a great-grandson, Alex Green.

In addition to his wife, Mary Kelly Lynch, he was predeceased by his parents, Jack and Catherine Lynch; and sister Mary K. Lynch.

Friends are invited to attend a Mass of Christian Burial at 9 a.m. Monday at St. Theresa RC Church, in Trumbull.

Burial will be in Oak Lawn Cemetery in Fairfield with full military honors.

Friends may greet the family from 3-6 p.m. Sunday.

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