Appeal to find the descendants of Derry Flight Sergeant Patrick Traynor who died in WW2 when his Lancaster Bomber was attacked in Germany

An appeal has been launched to find the local descendants of Flight Sergeant Patrick Traynor who died on January 3, 1944.

Friday, 30th April 2021, 1:42 pm

Patrick, who was a flight engineer for the Royal Air Force (RAF), lost his life in the Second World War aboard a Lancaster Bomber.

It is believed that Patrick attended the Brow of the Hill, Christian Brothers Technical school.

During his time at the school in 1939, Patrick received a prize as a result of his academic ability, that qualified him for direct entry into the RAF. At the time of his death, Patrick was flying with six other crew members, who also died after their plane was attacked over the Harz mountains in Germany. Descendants of the other crew members, have been successfully tracked down, thanks to the efforts of a dedicated team of volunteers. An unveiling ceremony for a War Memorial to the crew of the plane he died in is currently in the works, making it all the more imperative that Patrick’s own descendants are found. Flight Sergeant Patrick Traynor was a member of the No. 83 Squadron which was a RAF squadron active from 1917 until 1969.

Flight Sergeant Patrick Traynor lies in rest in Berlin’s War Cemetery. If you are a relative of Patrick’s or have information contact: [email protected]