Today in World War II History—July 15, 1942 POSTED: Saturday, July 15, 2017 by Sarah Sundin Flight Lt. Brendan ‘Paddy’ Finucane, an Irishman who flew with the RAF, in the cockpit of his Spitfire at RAF Kenley, 1941 (Imperial War Museum) 75 Years Ago—July 15, 1942: Irish RAF ace Brendan “Paddy” Finucane (32 victories) is killed in action over northern France. US Army Air Force forms Ground Observer Corps for civilian volunteers under Civilian Defense. 2 Responses to “Today in World War II History—July 15, 1942” Sue Galucki Jul. 15, 2017 My grandmother was part of the Ground Observer Corps. She logged 2,500 hours from when a post was set up in her village of Birchwood, Wisconsin on October 12, 1950 through 1954. She had to relay her observations to Minneapolis, and you know phones back then were not what they are now! Sarah Sundin Jul. 16, 2017 During the 1950s – how fascinating!