Detective Joseph J. Lynch

Detective Joseph J. Lynch

New York City Police Department, New York

End of Watch Thursday, July 4, 1940

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Joseph J. Lynch

Detective Joseph Lynch and Detective Ferdinand Socha were killed when a time bomb they were inspecting exploded.

Detective Socha and Lynch were called to the World's Fair Grounds and directed to the British Pavilion after an electrician found a suspicious satchel in a fan room. The canvas bag was emitting a ticking sound, so it was carefully carried to the rear of a secluded area near the Van Wyck Expressway, where it was placed beneath a 20-foot maple tree. Detective Lynch took out a pocketknife and slit open a 2-inch hole in the bag as his partner knelt down to look inside. As the Detectives were examining what appeared to be dynamite, the bag exploded. The explosion opened a crater 5 feet wide and 3 feet deep and killed both Detectives. Four other Police Officers were critically injured.

It was never determined who planted the bomb or what motivated the bombing.

Detective Lynch was assigned to the Bomb Squad.


  • Age 33
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge 1423

Incident Details

  • Cause Bomb
  • Weapon Explosives; Bomb
  • Offender Not available

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Here we are another anniversary gone by…the 81st… for this one you had grandma, all five of your children, and now 3 grandchildren with you.

People wonder how I can miss someone I never met.

I don’t really have a good answer for that except, for that as long as I can remember, you have always been a part of me. I know that you understand and that has always been enough of an answer for me.

I miss you Grandpa.

This year they named a bomb squad dog after you…I met him on July 7th, oh Grandpa he is just beautiful.. he’s smart, and strong, and was so sweet to me… and I know he will keep his partner safe.
I just know you would love him.

Give everyone my love … I miss them so much too… but I’m glad they are safe with you.

I love you Grandpa.

Francine McLean

July 19, 2021

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