Canadian Virtual War Memorial

Donald Sutherland Bier

In memory of:

Flying Officer Donald Sutherland Bier

September 27, 1943

Military Service


Service Number:

J/8100

Age:

26

Force:

Air Force

Unit:

Royal Canadian Air Force

Division:

407 Sqdn.

Additional Information


Born:

November 29, 1916

Son of Christian R. and Annie M. Bier, of Woodstock, Ontario.

Commemorated on Page 136 of the Second World War Book of Remembrance. Request a copy of this page.

Burial Information


Cemetery:

RUNNYMEDE MEMORIAL
Surrey, United Kingdom

Grave Reference:

Panel 173.

Location:

During the Second World War more than 116,000 men and women of the Air Forces of the British Commonwealth gave their lives in service. More than 17,000 of these were members of the Royal Canadian Air Force, or Canadians serving with the Royal Air Force. Approximately one-third of all who died have no known grave. Of these, 20,450 are commemorated by name on the Runnymede Memorial, which is situated at Englefield Green, near Egham, 32 kilometres by road west of London. The design of the Runnymede Memorial is original and striking. On the crest of Cooper's Hill, overlooking the Thames, a square tower dominates a cloister, in the centre of which rests the Stone of Remembrance. The cloistered walks terminate in two lookouts, one facing towards Windsor, and the other towards London Airport at Heathrow. The names of the dead are inscribed on the stone reveals of the narrow windows in the cloisters and the lookouts. They include those of 3,050 Canadian airmen. Above the three-arched entrance to the cloister is a great stone eagle with the Royal Air Force motto, Per Ardua ad Astra". On each side is the inscription:
IN THIS CLOISTER ARE RECORDED THE NAMES OF TWENTY THOUSAND AIRMEN WHO HAVE NO KNOWN GRAVE. THEY DIED FOR FREEDOM IN RAID AND SORTIE OVER THE BRITISH ISLES AND THE LANDS AND SEAS OF NORTHERN AND WESTERN EUROPE In the tower a vaulted shrine, which provides a quiet place for contemplation, contains illuminated verses by Paul H. Scott."

Information courtesy of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission.

Digital Collection

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  • Photo of Donald Sutherland Bier– Donald Bier in Woodstock ON before going overseas, exact date unknown
  • Group Photo– Don Bier as a child kissing his cousin Leota Lounsbury in Woodstock Ontario. (later known as Lee Bennett)
  • Group Photo– Don Bier with his cousin Leota Lounsbury, Woodstock ON circa 1919
  • Photo of Donald Sutherland Bier
  • Letter (October 11, 1943)
  • Letter (November 5, 1943)– Pauline Brown (Don Bier's sister) told a story that Don McAskile was in the Officers Mess on September 27, 1943 when he heard Don Bier's voice came on the wireless radio and said "They are on my tail!"
  • Letter (January 5, 1944)
  • Letter (February 5, 1944)
  • Letter (August 29, 1944)
  • Letter (April 5, 1944)
  • Document (June 20, 1945)
  • Letter (November 5, 1947)
  • Letter (February 5, 1952)
  • Queen Elizabeth visiting
  • Reverse side of photo of Queen Elizabeth visit
  • Memorial
  • Wall of Remembrance
  • Photo of Donald Sutherland Bier
  • Photo of Ken Brown– Ken Brown, nephew of Donald Sutherland Bier, is seen here proudly standing beside his uncle's portrait.
  • War Memorial
  • Memorial Cross
  • Necklace
  • Reverse side of Necklace

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