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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.
The Paradie database is as close to a treasure as the World will see.” François Dutil

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1 BeirnesJack RifeSgt
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P/O
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F/L
S/L

DFC & Bar
KIFA
Age 30
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13458
PLTRCAF
1 SFTS (RCAF)
1 ANS (RCAF)
2 ANS (RCAF)
118 Sqd (RCAF)
118 Sqd (RCAF)
3 PRC (RCAF)
438 Sqd (RCAF)
438 Sqd (RCAF)
438 Sqd (RCAF)
RCAF
8 RD (RCAF)
RCAF
3 PRC (RCAF)
83 GSU (RAF)
438 Sqd (RCAF)
438 Sqd (RCAF) Last Op
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Yale & Harvard
Anson
Anson
Kittyhawk
Kittyhawk
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Hurricane
Typhoon
Typhoon MM959
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X
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Typhoon
Typhoon
Typhoon SW393
13 Apr 1940 - Enlisted in RCAF
20 July 1940 - Already held pilot's license
1 Dec 1940 - Staff pilot
12 Aug 1941 - Staff pilot
16 Dec 1941 - Dartmouth NS
6 June 1942 - Alaska & B.C.
10 Nov 1943 - UK
20 Nov 1943
Jan 1943
29 July to 13 Oct 1944 - Sqd CO
15 Nov 1944 - Repatriated
4 Jan 1945
26 Feb to 11 March 1945 - Leave in Canada
26 March 1945 - Returns to UK
27 March 1945 - Staff
6 Apr 1945 - Sqd CO
1 June 1945 - Killed in crash due to engine failure

(Photo: S/L Beirnes in front of his Typhoon F3-B after returning from a mission where the flak scored a bull's eye on his aircraft)
DFC - No.438 Squadron - Award effective 24 October 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 2637/44 dated 8 December 1944.
Bar to DFC - No.438 Squadron (deceased). Award effective 3 September 1945 as per London Gazette dated 14 September 1944 and AFRO 1672/45 dated 2 November 1945.
Commemorated Aabenraa Cemetery, Allied Mil. Plot. Row 6. 14. Denmark. Son of Arthur Appleton Beirnes and Nellie Mellis Beirnes; Husband of Gwendolyn Beirnes, father of Gordon Beirnes, of Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.
Brother of F/Sgt Donald Wood Beirnes KIA on 4 Jan 1942.
(Information courtesy Francois Dutil - 438 Sqd)

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