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NYC Bomb and Forgery Squad Explosion Memorial

 
 
NYC Bomb and Forgery Squad Explosion Memorial Marker image. Click for full size.
By R. C.
1. NYC Bomb and Forgery Squad Explosion Memorial Marker
Inscription. This plaque is dedicated to the memory of detectives

Joseph J. Lynch and Ferdinand A. Socha
Bomb and Forgery Squad

Who were killed in the line of duty while examining a time bomb taken from the British Pavilion of the World's Fair in Flushing Meadow Park at 4:45 P.M. on July 4, 1940
 
Location. 40° 44.736′ N, 73° 50.766′ W. Marker is in New York, New York, in Queens County. Marker is on Avenue of the States near United Nations Avenue, on the left. Click for map. The plaque is actually located across the fairgrounds from where the event actually took place. The original location is now underneath an expressway. Marker is in this post office area: Corona NY 11368, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Unisphere (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); The Exedra (approx. 0.3 miles away); William A. Shea Municipal Stadium (approx. 0.7 miles away but has been reported missing); Louis Armstrong House (approx. 1.1 miles away); Friends Meeting House (approx. 1.5 miles away); Quaker Meeting House (approx. 1.5 miles away); Flushing Civil War Monument (approx. 1.5 miles away); Remsen Cemetery (approx. 2.4 miles away).
 
More about this marker.
NYC Bomb and Forgery Squad Explosion Memorial Marker image. Click for full size.
By R. C.
2. NYC Bomb and Forgery Squad Explosion Memorial Marker
Marker is on the side of what is now the Queens Art Museum. It can be seen from the Unisphere.
On July 4, 1940, a suspicious "ticking" satchel was discovered inside the British Pavilion at the New York World’s Fair. Officers Lynch and Socha were called in to investigate. The satchel had been brought outside, to the back of the Polish Pavilion. Socha opened the bag. Lynch peered inside. The bomb went off, blowing them both to bits and leaving a crater 5 feet deep. Nearby Fairgoers thought that it was fireworks for the 4th of July. The bombers were never caught, and the case remains open to this day. It was suspected that the bomb was planted by Germans (as it WAS 1940) or the Irish.
 
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Credits. This page originally submitted on , by R. C. of Shrewsbury, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 803 times since then and 15 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on , by R. C. of Shrewsbury, New Jersey. • Kevin W. was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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