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This database lists all known RCAF flying-related personnel who served 1939 - 1945 and onwards in many cases.
In November 2017 François Dutil began adding extensive information and many images from his research files,
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"Conversion from the original data held as images of old teletype sheets must have taken Major Paradie years.
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1 BeirnesDonald WoodGunner
Sgt
F/Sgt

KIA
Age 22
M
R
2086
61113
GNR
PLT
61 Field Bat (RCA)
RCAF
1 ITS (RCAF)
16 EFTS (RCAF)
4 SFTS (RCAF)
3 PRC (RCAF)
19 OTU (RAF)
13 OTU (RAF)
82 Sqd (RAF)
82 Sqd (RAF) Last Op
X
X
X
Moth
Harvard & Anson & Crane
X
Whitley
Blenheim
Blenheim
Blenheim Z7689
9 Sep 1939 - Enlisted in the Field Artillery
11 Sep 1940 - Transferred to the RCAF
9 Nov 1940
8 Dec 1940
27 Jan 1941
17 July 1941 - UK
20 July 1941
18 Aug 1941
11 Dec 1941 - Middle East
4 Jan 1942 - Shot down South of Malta by Hptm Rolf Jung, Kdr. Stab I./NJG 2

(Photo: Gordon Beirnes with his mother Nellie upon getting his wings on 16 May 1941 at 4 SFTS in Saskatoon)
Commemorated Alamein Memorial, Column 264. Egypt.
Son of Arthur A. and Nellie M. Beirnes, of Victoria, British Columbia, Canada.
Brother of S/L Jack Rife Beirnes KIFA on 1 June 1945.
(Courtesy of Francois Dutil)

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