Wartime Heritage ASSOCIATION
Remembering World War II Donald Joseph Byrne Royal Canadian Air Force
Donald Joseph Byrne Leading Aircraftman R/260022 Royal Canadian Air Force March 20, 1925 Haileybury, Ontario May 25, 1943 Toronto, Ontario Toronto, Ontario 18 5 feet, 11 inches Ruddy Blue Brown Single Student Roman Catholic Mabel Gertrude Bryne (Mother) Toronto, Ontario February 24, 1944 18 Toronto (Mount Hope) Cemetery, Ontario Range 35. Sec. 24. Lot 384
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On January 12, 1944 Leading Aircraftman Bryne was taken on strength at No 9 Flying Training School, RCAF Centralia, Ontario. On February 24, 1944 he was killed in a mid air crash when his Anson Mk11 7269 collided with another Anson and both aircraft crashed near Crediton, Ontario. The two airmen, both making solo flights were believed to have been blinded by the sun leading to the collision. The second aircraft, Anson Mk11 7314 was piloted by 18 year old Leading Aircraftman Bruce Moore Gordon. He was also stationed at No 9 Flying Training School, RCAF Centralia, Ontario.