Patrick Flynn

Bank: Westminster Bank

Place of work: London Sloane Square branch

Died: 14 November 1943


Patrick John Richard Flynn was born on 17 October 1921, the son of Thomas Francis Flynn, a banker, and his wife Emily Edith. He was educated at Taunton School. 


In April 1939 Flynn followed in his father's footsteps by joining the staff of Westminster Bank. After training at the bank's machine accountancy school he was posted to London Sloane Square branch. Outside work he enjoyed playing rugby, and was a member of the bank's staff 1st XV. 


As soon as war broke out in 1939 Flynn was keen to serve in some way, and became an active member of the Home Guard. In March 1941 he was released from the bank to join the Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. He gained his commission in February 1942, and was promoted to Flying Officer the following October. He was a fighter pilot, and was awarded the DFC for one mission, in which he destroyed one German plane and damaged another. During the same mission he was forced to bale out, and was rescued after spending some time in the sea. 


Flying Officer Flynn was killed in a road accident in England on 14 November 1943. He was 22 years old.


Patrick Flynn is commemorated on a bank war memorial at NatWest London Sloane Square branch.

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