‘PADDY’ FINUCANE: THE FLYING SHAMROCK

World War Two pilot Brendan ‘Paddy’ Finucane was born 100 years ago this month. Christopher Warner shines a spotlight on this tenacious RAF ace, who was gone too soon…

While posted to the RAF’s 65 Squadron, Dublin-born fighter pilot Brendan Finucane would emerge as one of ‘The Few’ during the Battle of Britain
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Barrels of ink have been spilled on the heroics of Dublin-born Arthur Wellesley, better known as the Duke of Wellington. But less familiar are the exploits of another Irishman who helped defeat tyranny in Europe – this time from the cockpit of a shamrock-adorned Spitfire.

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