John Wynne completed 40 operations flying Wellington bombers in the Middle East with 40 Squadron. He was awarded the DFC. He later joined 214 Squadron to fly the US-built B-17 Fortress on electronic countermeasure duties, which involved jamming enemy night fighter communications. His aircraft was badly damaged and, thinking he was over Allied territory, his crew baled out. Wynne, unable to release some of his equipment, flew the badly damaged aircraft back to the UK alone. He later flew on the early Canberra and Valiant squadrons, including operations during the Suez campaign.
Many years later, Wynn discovered that five of his crew had fallen into the hands of a Nazi lynch mob and been shot. In 1982, there was a reconciliation and a commemorative plaque to remember the dead airmen was dedicated in the German village of Huchenfeld. Wynn played an instrumental role in establishing a school exchange programme between his Welsh village of Llanbedr and Huchenfeld; the scene of the death’s of his colleagues. The two communities were twinned and maintain annual exchange programmes.
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