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World War II
1942 | England
Lynn enlisted in the Army Air Force on 4/21/1942 in Spokane Washington. His enlistment records indicate his civilian occupation was Automobile Serviceman. He was stationed at Camp Robinson in Arkansas and then March Field in California. On Thanksgiving day, 1942 he was aboard the Queen Elizabeth headed for England. "We just took off...no escorts. We zigzagged across the Atlantic". After 6 days they landed in Glasgow, Scotland. He did not get seasick on the trip.
While in Britain, Lynn was stationed at Bury St Edmunds Air base attached to the 9th Air Force which was a B26 bomber squadron. He was in ordinance which supplied bombs for the planes. Lynn remembers getting passes to London. He remembers the "buzz-bombs" coming over the base, but no real air-raids. He remembers seeing Madam Tussaud's Wax Museum and St Paul's Cathedral while on tours of the city that the Red Cross provided the airmen.
After spending 2 1/2 years in England he spent 6 months in France and Belgium.
On Thanksgiving day, 1945 Lynn was on a Liberty Ship returning to the United States. This time it took 1 1/2 weeks to cross the ocean. They landed in Newport News, Virginia and Lynn was discharged in Fort Lewis, Washington.