Name : Lynch, Joseph J. 

Rank: Det.

Shield #: 1423 Command: Bomb & Forgery Sqd. (Bomb Sqd.)
Date of Death: 1940-07-04   Cause of Death: Explosion-Investigation
 Detective Socha and Detective Joseph Lynch were killed when a time bomb they were inspecting exploded. The two detectives were inspecting the bomb, which had been discovered at the World's Fair Grounds in Flushing, Queens. Members of the Bomb Squad, including Detective Socha and Detective Lynch had removed the bomb to a safe location, but it exploded as the two inspected it.   
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Comments from Friends    
Det Lynch was my fathers (and therefore mine)cousin. My father Edward J. Cantwell went on the Job in June of 1937 and retired in 1972. I went on the job in June of 1966 and retired with a disability in December of 1982. Det Lynch may be gone but will never be forgotten. May he and our other hero's rest in peace.
— John M. Cantwell

This is my father and I was only 22 months old when he & his partner gave their lives for the rest of us. This is the 65th Anniversary of that and there is a poem written by a granddaughter and it would be nice to see it posted at this site. God bless all the police, fireman, and service men that sacrifice so much for all of us.
— Mary Lynch Connolly

I was just browsing this web site when I read your words for your Grandfather and was so moved that I could not just pass this by without leaving a comment. God bless you and your family. M. Vetter(wife of retired NY police officer.)
— Margaret Vetter

My father was the younger brother of Joseph Lynch, and told us stories growing up about Uncle Joe. His death broke our grandmother's heart, who died not too long afterwards. This is a lovely tribute to him. Thank you. I have always wanted to meet his family.
— Vicky Lynch Schneider

Came across this tribute to my Uncle Joe when someone suggested "google" your name. I was only 8 years old but still have vivid memories of that time especially the impact on my father ,his brother William.Uncle JOe is always in our prayers.
— Joseph J Lynch

Det. Lynch was my uncle Freddie Socha 's partner and I pray they both rest in peace. arthur koeppen
— arthur koeppen
Posted: November 7, 2006, 4:09 pm

rest in peace.
— sjs
Posted: November 24, 2006, 6:51 am

I have just published a book on the World's Fair and have given two full pages to this tragedy. It will bring awareness to this unnecessary death and give closure. After this book is read his death will never been forgotten. Remaining family members please contact me at I will be at the Queens Museum in Flushing Meadow Park with the book on 10/6/2007 and 10/7/2007. I would like to talk or meet with you.
— Ronald Marzlock
Posted: September 24, 2007, 2:28 pm

I have read many comments from family members I do not know, cousins, etc. I would love to hear from them and hear stories about my Dad I do not know very much about him, except I feel his presence with me daily. God love him and all the members of the Socha family as well. Please write to me at and let me hear some stories. Thank you all
— Mary Lynch Connolly
Posted: December 17, 2007, 7:08 pm

I am a professional writer and magazine editor under contract with Random House to write a 500-page, non-fiction book about the 1939-40 New York World's Fair and the heroism of Det. Joe Lynch and Det. Freddie Socha. The title of the book is "Einstein at the World's Fair: Three Bombs That Changed America." One of those bombs is the one that took the lives of Joe and Freddie and a full one-third of the book will be devoted to Det. Joe Lynch and Det. Freddie Socha and their life stories. I welcome and would greatly appreciate any relatives and/or friends who knew Det. Joe Lynch and/or Det. Freddie Socha, to contact me and share their stories. I can be reached via email at Thank you in advance and God Bless. Jim Mauro
— Jim Mauro
Posted: September 25, 2008, 12:03 pm

Hello, I came across an article in a 1942 NYPD Sping 3100 Magazine about Det. Lynch. It has a photo of Mrs Lynch and John Lynch Jr. Any family member wanting a copy please feel free to email me at
— Mike B
Posted: February 14, 2009, 6:30 pm

My grandfather, Joseph J. Lynch and his partner, saved thoussands of lives at the Worlds Fair, July 4, 1940. May we always remember their selfless act of heroism. I am very interested to get in touch with our relatives on the Lynch side. Please feel free to contact me at:
— Peg Daly
Posted: March 6, 2010, 4:45 pm

I was searching for pics of my Mother and I came across this page. I just wanted your family to know that my Mother was one of the nurses at the scean that day (her pic was in the Daily News) She was bending over one of the Officers. She told us years later how she felt that day and made a point of letting us know she was saying prayers for both of them... They were not alone... Brian
— Brian McGuckin
Posted: April 20, 2010, 3:09 am

I am a worlds fair enthusiast attending the 64-65 fair a number of times. I missed the 39-40 fair that my parents talked about . I learned of the tragic deaths of these two heroic detectives just last year. This tragedy touched me deeply. I of course googled what information I could find and was touched again by the comments by detective Lynch's family. It will be 70 years this July fourth and he is certainly not forgotten and will be remembered by people in the future who will learn about this tragedy like I.
— jack lombardi
Posted: May 28, 2010, 12:06 pm

Please correct your facts.....I am Det. Lynch's eldest daughter and I wish to inform you that you have posted his shield number incorrectly. It was 1423 Not 1433 thank you
— easter
Posted: July 19, 2010, 11:46 am

I am planning to participate in the 2011 memorial run wiith Joseph's name on my shirt. I am also a Lynch. My son is a cop. May Joseph and all our heroes rest in peace.
— Mary
Posted: April 25, 2011, 12:08 pm

Placed flowers at the site today on the 4th of July 2012 in memory . For my friend Easter. God bless !
Posted: July 4, 2012, 5:12 pm

Joseph J. Lynch, is my late grandfather. I would love to get in touch with his brothers and their children. Please reach out via email:
— Peg Connolly-Daly
Posted: October 2, 2012, 1:49 am

My Grandfather Joseph Hubert Nocton was a Detective First Grade with the N.Y.P.D. Safe, Loft and Truck Squad but served a stint with the Bomb Squad during 1939-40(he served in the Department from 1921-1956). On that July 4th he had been scheduled to work but for some reason was given the day off at the last minute - I am unsure of the reason. Upon hearing the news of the bomb detination and the loss of these brother officers who he knew personally - and there but for the grace of God it could well have been him - he was visibly shaken and left the Bomb Squad soon after. My aunt talks about her memories of that fourth. Over 70 years later - still very sad and deeply moving - still personal!
— Brian DiCarlo
Posted: April 3, 2013, 3:10 pm

Det. Lynch, you may have passed but you will never be forgotten. You did a job that very few could do. Rest in Peace Joseph.
— Tommy
Posted: July 4, 2013, 8:29 am

I discovered this site by attempting to locate a current news arictle by searching my own name of Joseph Lynch. As a Police Officer I hope that when my time comes I to can be remebered with such fondness others' show for Det. Lynch. I also hope that I can honor a fallen brother in blue I share the same first and last name with by doing my job correctly and with proper moral upstandings exspected of any officer. - Officer Joseph A. D. Lynch Prichard A.L.
— Joseph A. D. Lynch
Posted: September 20, 2013, 2:30 am

Joseph we continue to pray for you. Rest in Peace.
— Tommy
Posted: July 4, 2014, 12:31 pm

I visit the Fallen Angels site when time permits. I believe Hero's should never be forgotten so I visit the site and say a prayer for the fallen men and women and also the families.Rest in Peace.
Posted: July 4, 2014, 12:32 pm

Joseph we continue to pray for you. Rest in Peace.
— Tommy
Posted: July 7, 2015, 6:50 am

On Saturday July 11,2015 there was a beautiful ceremony in Flushing Meadow by the Bomb Squad to honor both Det. Socha and my Father. Over the years I have attended many tributes but this was very Special. It was just the Bomb Squad paying tribute to two members of their family. I was proud to be there and take part as were members of my family. They are the Elite of the NYPD,and I say thank you very much. God bless and protect each and every one.
— Easter Miles nee Lynch
Posted: July 16, 2015, 11:51 pm

I am reading the Mauro book and decided to begin researching the bombing that took the lives of these two brave men. I cannot help but contrast the warmth of the words in these posts about them with the sickness now being displayed publicly by the worst elements of society, against the police - not only in NYC but across the nation. I once was a manager in the NYC Dept. of Investigation and a Deputy Mayor of Yonkers, NY. I had the privilege to get to know many police (and fire) officers in these two big cities. I never met a crook or a racist or a coward among them. The commitment to stand between law and lawlessness is a solemn one. Now, at the age of 60, I raise my youngest son to admire police and shake their hands, and I am disheartened and baffled by a current NYC Mayor and US President who give moral support and recognition to those who march under the banner of "Kill the Cops." What has happened to our world? I pray for all fallen officers and soldiers who gave of themselves so my family and I might live in peace. God bless each one.
— Tony Shaw
Posted: November 2, 2015, 2:50 pm

My Uncle Freddy was my grand father Henry Socha's Brother and my fathers namesake. He also had another Brother named Ted and a sister named Helen. I am truly sorry that our families share this tragedy. Thank you for having posted this information. Feel free to contact me if you like,
— Dennis Socha
Posted: April 1, 2017, 11:08 pm



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