A Lincolnshire Second World War veteran who played a key part in the Normandy landings has died aged 99. Jack Quinn, who lived in Mablethorpe, died on Saturday, January 27, as confirmed by the British Normandy Memorial.
Jack Quinn CDG Leg d’Hon was coxswain of a landing craft and crept onto the Normandy shore under the cover of darkness the night before D-Day. His job was to take in frogmen who were to blow up the mines on the beach obstacles.
This was timed to be at the same time as HMS Belfast opened fire. He was then tasked to run into the beach at Arromanches and pick up a man and a woman. As he beached the landing craft, the Resistance ran down the beach with the man and woman and boarded the craft.
Jack pulled off the beach and took them to a hospital ship. For this action he was mentioned in dispatches. At 11am, he then saw a boat on fire in amongst sea mines and drew the attention of his Major.
Despite being told to ignore it, Jack disobeyed his instruction and went to the boat, rescuing the French crew. As he pulled away the boat blew up and he transported the crew to the hospital ship. For this action, he was awarded the Croix de Guerre Silver Star.
A spokesperson for the British Normandy Memorial said: “We are so saddened to learn of the death of D-Day Veteran and Memorial Ambassador Jack Quinn, who passed away on Saturday, January 27, aged 99. Jack was a valued and much-loved supporter of the Memorial project and last visited Normandy for D-Day 79, where he was officially appointed as Ambassador by Chairman of Trustees, Lord Dannatt.
“Jack was committed to the remembrance of his fallen comrades and was passionate about sharing his story with younger generations.”