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Identity statement

Reference code(s)
GB0099 KCLMA Lynch
LYNCH, Gp Capt John Brayne (1900-1994)
Created 1917-1946, 1994
Level of description
collection level
Extent and medium of the unit of description (quantity, bulk, or size)
2 boxes or 0.02 cubic metres


Administrative / Biographical history

Born 1900; educated at Stonyhurst College; served in World War One, 1914-1918; pilot, Royal Naval Air Service, 1917; served with Royal Naval Air Service and RAF, 1918-1946; served with No 220 Sqn, Aegean Group, 1918; service with No 221 Sqn on HMS RIVIERA in South Russia and Turkey, 1919; attended Liverpool University, 1920-1922; Lt, Lancashire and CheshireCoast Bde, Royal Garrison Artillery, 1922; transferred to RAF and served with No 203 Sqn, RAF Leuchars, 1923; served with 403 Flight, HMS HERMES, Malta, 1924; Engineering course, RAF Henlow, Bedfordshire, 1926; Flight Lt, 1928; service with Parachute Test Section,RAF Henlow, 1928-1931; commanded armoured car column, Iraq, 1931-1934; served with No 29 Fighter Sqn, North Weald, Epping, Essex, 1934-1936; Sqn Ldr, 1936; commanded No 29 Fighter Sqn, Abyssinia, 1936-1938; service with Fleet Air Arm on HMS GLORIOUS, 1938;service in Singapore, 1939; served in World War Two, 1939-1945; Engineering Branch, Air Ministry, 1940-1941; Engineering Officer, No 56 Officer Training Unit, Long Sutton, Lincolnshire, 1941; commanded RAF Melksham, Wiltshire, 1941-1942; posted to India, 1942, and served in Bengal, 1942-1943; service with 224 Group, Burma, 1944-1946; commanded RAF Market Harborough, Leicestershire, 1946; retired 1946; involved with the RAF Cinema Corporation and the RAF Benevolent Fund, 1950-1960; Hon Secretary, Royal National Lifeboat Institution, Beaumaris, Anglesey, 1960; died 1994.

Immediate source of acquisition or transfer

Placed in the Centre by the family in 1995.

Content & structure

Scope and content

Royal Naval Air Service/RAF pilot's flying log book, 1918-1924; three RAF pilot's flying log books, 1924-1926, 1934-1936 and 1937-1946. Four photograph albums, with many captioned photographs of Lynch's service in Turkey and southern Russia, 1919, and Iraq, 1931-1934, also 51 photographic negatives, mostly of southern Russia, 1919. Personal papers and photographs,1917-1946, including printed RAF certificate for the completion of a course in 'Aerial gunnery and bombing, Eastchurch, Kent, 1924, congratulatory letter to Lynch, concerning a successful air display, from AVM Cyril Louis Norton Newall, Air Officer Commanding Wessex Bombing Area, 1931, and printed service history, compiled by Lynch's son, 1994.

System of arrangement

The collection is arranged in sections as above.

Conditions of access & use

Conditions governing access

Open, subject to signature of Reader's undertaking form, and appropriate provision of two forms of identification, to include one photographic ID.

Conditions governing reproduction

Copies, subject to the condition of the original, may be supplied for research use only. Requests to publish original material should be submitted to the Trustees of the Liddell Hart Centre for Military Archives, attention of the Director of Archive Services.

Language/scripts of material
Finding aids

This Summary Guide, and published in hard copy in the Centre's reading room.

Allied materials

Existence and location of originals
King's College London College Archives


Compiled Sep 1998

Description control

Rules or conventions

Compiled in compliance with General International Standard Archival Description, ISAD(G), second edition, 2000; National Council on Archives Rules for the Construction of Personal Place and Corporate Names 1997.

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  • Air warfare
  • Armed forces
  • Civil war
  • Documents
  • Higher science education
  • Information sources
  • International conflicts
  • International relations
  • Log books
  • Military education
  • Military engineering
  • Military organizations
  • Organizations
  • Photographs
  • Political movements
  • Russian Civil War (1917-1922)
  • State security
  • Visual materials
  • War
  • Warfare

Personal names

  • Newall, Cyril Louis Norton, 1886-1943, 1st Baron Newall of Clifton-upon-Dunsmoor, Marshal of the Royal Air Force

Corporate names

  • RAF, Royal Air Force
  • Royal Naval Air Service


  • Crimea
  • Eastchurch, Kent, England
  • Iraq, Middle East
  • London, England
  • Russia, Eastern Europe
  • Turkey, Middle East

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