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George James Byers

In memory of:

Flight Sergeant George James Byers

November 3, 1943

Military Service


Service Number:

R/57631

Age:

23

Force:

Air Force

Unit:

Royal Canadian Air Force

Division:

429 Sqdn.

Additional Information


Born:

March 19, 1920
Vancouver, British Columbia

Enlistment:

March 20, 1940
Vancouver, British Columbia

Son of William Bernard and Lily Byers, of Vancouver, British Columbia.

Commemorated on Page 142 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 181 .

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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  • Newspaper clipping– From the Toronto Star November 1943. Submitted for the project Operation Picture Me
  • Group Photo– Their mates of the RCAF Bomber Group squadron commanded by W/C J. D. "Pat" Patterson, DFC have given up trying to tell the Byers twins apart. The two lads, pictured above, joined the RCAF together as engine fitters, re mustered together, did all their training together and were posted to the same squadron overseas. Within 24- hours of arrival they were on their way to Hanover taking part in one of the heaviest raids yet staged by the Canadian Group, Sgt. Bill Byers is shown at LEFT, and his brother George at RIGHT. Bill doesn't believe in luck charts, but George wears a white ivory skull on his battle dress. Their home is at 913 West Fifth Ave., West Vancouver, BC.
  • Memorial Entrance– Entrance - Runnymede Memorial - September 2010 … photo courtesy of Marg Liessens
  • Memorial– Stone of Remembrance - Runnymede Memorial - September 2010 … photo courtesy of Marg Liessens
  • Memorial– Runnymede Memorial - September 2010 … photo courtesy of Marg Liessens
  • Memorial– Panels - Runnymede Memorial - September 2010 … photo courtesy of Marg Liessens
  • Inscription– Inscription - Runnymede Memorial - September 2010 … photo courtesy of Marg Liessens
  • Memorial– Flight Sergeant George James Byers is also commemorated on the Bomber Command Memorial Wall in Nanton, AB … photo courtesy of Marg Liessens
  • Memorial– Father J P Lardie's comments as inscribed on the Bomber Command Memorial Wall in Nanton, AB … photo courtesy of Marg Liessens
  • Memorial– Flight Sergeant George James Byers is also commemorated on the Bomber Command Memorial Wall in Nanton, AB … photo courtesy of Marg Liessens

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