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Name: 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 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. 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 Byron Leslie Sweeney was the son of Lloyd Douglas Sweeney (1898-1971) and Iva Beatrice (Prosser) Sweeney (1896-1982), of Brenton, Yarmouth Co., Nova Scotia. His father was born in Brazil Lake, Yarmouth County, NS; his mother – in Kemptville, Yarmouth Co. also. They were married June 11, 1919 in Kemptville. Byron 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 the 11th Grade, 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 training 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 when his Blenheim aircraft, the leading plane in the convoy, had an engine fail, went into a spin then crashed and burned near Ibadan, Nigeria. Two other crew, also perished. Flight Sergeant Peter David King Service Number: 1169030 Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve Age 22, he was the son of Edward George and Kathleen Maude King, of Balham, London, England. He is buried in the same plot, Grave 3. Flight Lieutenant Maurice Norman Waugh Service Number: 104354 Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve Age 31, he was the son of Edward and Bertha Waugh of Crewe, Cheshire, England; husband of Ella Mirion Waugh, of Crewe. He is buried in the same plot, Grave 2. Sources and Information: Commonwealth War Graves Commission Canadian Virtual War Memorial
Byron Leslie Sweeney