William A. Byrnes (middle), on home leave shortly after his enlistment in the Royal Canadian Air Force, flanked by his mother, Anastasia, and his father, William John, in Kerrobert, Saskatchewan, 1941.William A. Byrnes
William A. Byrnes posing with a cheetah somewhere in Africa during his service with No. 117 Squadron, Royal Air Force.William A. Byrnes
William A. Byrnes during his Royal Canadian Air Force basic training at RCAF Station Penhold, Penhold, Alberta, 1941.William A. Byrnes
Pages from William A. Byrnes' Royal Canadian Air Force Service Flying Log Book. The entries document flights from September 1944 ranging from Gibraltar to India, and numerous African and Asian points in-between.William A. Byrnes
William A. Byrnes' service medals (left to right): 1939-45 Star; Atlantic Star; Canadian Volunteer Service Medal (CVSM); 1939-45 War Medal.William A. Byrnes
"I liked the flying. We were out 18, 20 hours some days searching for subs. We didn’t find any."