Bernard Stephen Lyons (died 1945)

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Bernard Stephen Lyons
February 2, 1945
According to his family tree, Bernard was father to 1 child. He married Yvonne Yarker, and they had a child Nicholas J.l. Lyons. Bernard Stephen Lyons died on February 2, 1945.
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A cold wind blew over the Advanced Landing Ground B80 Volkel. The wind made the work for the ground mechanics and the pilots very hard. In spite of the bad weather five Typhoons nanaged to start late in the afternoon at five o'clock. Because of the strong wind, the engines of two Typhoons got overheated, but the pilots still managed to start with four aircraft. F / O Bernard Lyons flew in the second position with his Typhoon MN358, trunk code HH-U. To the north-east of Venlo, the formation successfully attacked a German convoy. During their further search, Lyons was hit by German anti-aircraft guns. He turned directly to the west in order to get above liberated territory. He passed on his last position above the river Maas by radio. He then crashed near the Kanaalweg in “Mariapeel”, a swamp area near Sevenum. Flight Lieutenant Lyons was found lifeless in the wreck. He was buried at the cemetery of Kronenberg NL. After the war his body was reburied at Venray War Cemetery in Venray NL. Biographical Notes: Volume 3 of "Fighter Command Losses of the Second World War" page 141 states that Bernard was flying a Typhoon 1b MN358 U, when he was hit by flak north-east of Venlo, his rank is given as Flying Officer. MANBY OFFICER MISSING Believed Killed on Operations. Mrs. Yvonne Lyons of Manby, has received the following telegram from the Air Ministry: "Regret to inform you that that your husband, Flt. -Lieut. B. S. Lyons is reported missing and is believed to have lost his life as the result of operations." The deepest sympathy is expressed with Mrs. Lyons in her sad loss. She is the daughter of Lieut. Yarker, the commander of the Louth Detachment of the Sea Cadets and headmaster of St. Michael's Church School, Louth. The deceased officer, who was well-known in the Louth district, was a native of Little Carlton. Until he joined H.M. Forces he was a pupil at the Louth Boys' Grammar School and was one of the foremost athletes the School hah had for many years. On leaving school he first went into the Royal Navy, and later transferred to the Royal Air Force. He underwent his training in Canada and passed with distinction. Twenty-three years of age he some time ago volunteered for service with the Typhoon section of the Air Force, and it is believed that he was flying a plane of this type when he met his death. There is one child of the marriage, which is now four months old. Louth Standard - February 10, 1945. SAD NEWS. -Mrs. Yvonne Lyons, of Manby, has now had a confirmatory message from the Air Ministry to the effect that her husband St.-Lieut. B. S. Lyons, a native of Little Carlton, lost his life while engaged on operations. Mr. and Mrs. Lyons were married two years ago, and their baby son is 11 months old. Louth Standard - February 17, 1945. Researcher:C J Anderson Sources: Book: Mayday Mayday Mayday by Hub Groeneveld. Book: Volume 3 Fighter Command Losses of the Second World War Book: Sevenum tijdens de Tweede Wereldoorlog by Heemkundevereniging Sevenum Aircrew Remembered Royal Air Force Fighter Command CWGC
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Father to 1 child, he passed away on February 2, 1945. he was buried in Venray War Cemetery Iii. F. 8., Netherlands. According to his family tree, he married Yvonne Yarker, and they had a child Nicholas J.l. Lyons.
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In 1809, on May 5th, Mary Dixon Kies (March 21, 1752 – 1837) became the first recipient of a patent granted to a woman by the United States. She had developed a technique for weaving straw with silk and thread to make hats. While her hats were popular at first, fashion changed and she died penniless.

In 1866, on May 10th, the "banker's bank" - London bank Overend, Gurney and Company - collapsed, beginning the Panic of 1866. Unemployment went up to 8% and wages went down. Only about 16% of joint-stock companies - a company whose stock is owned jointly by the shareholders - weathered the Panic.

In 1876, on July 4th, the United States celebrated its centennial. There were parades, music, speeches and fireworks - even in Union Square in New York City. Suffragettes also marched for equal rights and the vote for women.

In 1922, on December 6th, the Irish Free State, a self-governing dominion of the British Empire, was officially proclaimed. While establishing some independence for the people of Ireland, it did not create a fully independent Ireland and the fighting continued.

In 1945, in the year of Bernard Stephen Lyons's passing, on March 12th, a riot erupted at a Japanese internment camp in Santa Fe New Mexico. Two days earlier, white shirts with the Rising Sun on the back had been confiscated and the prisoners objected. Three leaders of the protest were removed and sent to another camp. Guards at the Santa Fe camp were armed with submachine guns, shotguns, and gun masks. On the morning of the 12th, prisoners began throwing rocks at the guards. When the "rioters" wouldn't disperse, the guards were ordered to use tear gas and batons. Four men were badly injured as a result.

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