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13 Apr 1940 - Enlisted in RCAF - Edmonton, Alberta
29 Apr 1940 - Toronto, Ontario
20 July 1940 - Already a pilot - Borden, Ontario
1 Dec 1940 - Staff pilot - Rivers, Manitoba
12 Aug 1941 - Staff pilot - Pennfield Ridge, New Brunswick
16 Dec 1941 - Dartmouth Nova Scotia
21 June 1942 - Annette Island, Alaska
10 Nov 1943 - Bournemouth, UK
20 Nov 1943 - RAF Digby, Lincolnshire
27 June 1944 - Lantheuil, France
29 July 1944 - Commanding Officer
15 Nov 1944 - Repatriated to Canada
4 Jan 1945 - Winnipeg, Manitoba
26 Feb to 11 March 1945 - Leave in Canada
26 March 1945 - Bournemouth, UK
27 March 1945 - RAF Bognor, Sussex
6 Apr 1945 - Commanding Officer - Eindhoven, NL
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.

Member of the Edmonton and Northern Alberta Aero Club when he obtained his private Pilot Licence in June 1936.
Son of Arthur Appleton and Nellie Mellis (née Wood) Beirnes. Husband of Gwendolyn (née Firth) Beirnes, father of Gordon Donald Beirnes, of Edmonton, Alberta, Canada..
Brother of R61113 F/Sgt Donald Wood Beirnes, KIA on 4 Jan 1942 over the Mediterranean.
(Information courtesy Francois Dutil - 438Sqn)

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