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Byron Leslie Sweeney Rank: Warrant Officer/Flight Sergeant/Wireless Air Gunner Service No: R/76204 Regiment/Service: Royal Canadian Air Force Date of Birth: February 3. 1920 Place of Birth: East Brenton, Yarmouth Co., NS Date of Enlistment: November 13, 1940 Place of Enlistment: No. 1 Manning Depot, RCAF Toronto, Ontario Address At Enlistment: East Brenton, Yarmouth Co., NS Age at Enlistment: 20 Height: 5 feet 6 inches Weight: 170 lbs. Complexion: Fair - Ruddy Eyes: Grey Hair: Light Brown Trade: Labourer Marital Status: Single Religion: Baptist Next of Kin: Lloyd Douglas Sweeney [Father] East Brenton, Yarmouth Co., NS. Byron Leslie Sweeney was the son of Lloyd Douglas Sweeney and J. Beatrice Sweeney, of Brenton, Yarmouth Co., Nova Scotia. He attended Yarmouth Center School between 1925 and 1929; Hebron School between 1929 and 1934; and the Brenton School between 1934 and 1936. After he completed his Grade 11 he did general labour work in Yarmouth Co., until 1940. He then worked in Middleton as a mechanic’s helper until he joined the RCAF. He enjoyed swimming, bowling and played baseball. He completed his initial training at No. 1 Initial Training School [Course 23] from April 10 through May 15, 1941. He continued his trainign as a wireless operator and air gunner completing these courses on October 24, 1941 and November 24, 1941. Overseas, he served with the Royal Air Force and with No 5 Ferry Control [ A.D.U.M.E.] Aircraft Delivery Unit Middle East. He was killed on February 14, 1943 at 1:20 pm near Ibadan, Nigeria, when his plane, the leading aircraft in a convoy, crashed. Date of Death: February 14, 1943 Age at Death: 23 Cemetery: Ibadan Military Cemetery (Nigeria) Grave Reference: European C. of E. Plot A. Grave 4. The 109th name on the WWII list of the Yarmouth War Memorial Commemorated on page 218 of the Second World War Book of Remembrance Displayed in the Memorial Chamber of the Peace Tower in Ottawa on May 9 Sources and Information: Commonwealth War Graves Commission Veterans Affairs Canada
Byron Leslie Sweeney