Douglas Byrd Van Buskirk (1919 - 1941)

A photo of Douglas Byrd Van Buskirk
Douglas Byrd Van Buskirk
1919 - 1941
c. 1919
November 8, 1941
Douglas Byrd Van Buskirk was born c. 1919. He is the child of Harold Van Buskirk. He died on November 8, 1941 in Germany at 22 years of age.
1 Follower
Updated: October 7, 2019
Every life has a story to tell. This collaborative biography is dedicated to tell the story of Douglas Byrd Van Buskirk. Click the to update this introduction with a synopsis or highlights of Douglas's life.
Show & Tell His Story
Share your memories, stories, and photos so that Douglas is always remembered.
Update biography
What's this?

This collaborative biography is for you to show & tell Douglas' life so that he is always remembered.

Douglas Byrd Van Buskirk
Most commonly known as
Douglas Byrd Van Buskirk
Full name
Did Douglas go by other names?
Other names or aliases
Unknown. Did Douglas move a lot? Where was his last known location?
Last known residence
Douglas Van Buskirk was born
Douglas Van Buskirk died on in Germany
killed in action
Cause of death
Reichswald Forest War Cemetery in Kleve, Kreis-Kleve County, Nordrhein-Westfalen Germany
Burial / Funeral

Ethnicity & Lineage

What is Douglas' ethnicity and where did his parents, grandparents & great-grandparents come from?

Nationality & Locations

Where was Douglas born and where did he live?


Did Douglas finish grade school, get a GED, go to high school, get a college degree or masters? What schools or universities did Douglas attend?


Was Douglas a religious man?


Was Douglas baptized?


Pilot Officer in Royal Canadian Air Force.

Personal Life

Share highlights of Douglas' life. Experiences, organizations, & how he spent his time.

Military Service

An American citizen who joined the Royal Canadian Air Force before the United States entered World War II. He held the rank of Flying Officer. According to a newspaper clipping attached to his Find-A-Grave memorial (56038969), Pilot Officer Van Buskirk was reported "missing after an operational flight over enemy territory on Nov. 7."

Average Age

Life Expectancy

Douglas' immediate relatives including parents, siblings, partnerships and children in the Van Buskirk family tree.
+ Add

Douglas's Family Tree

Douglas Byrd Van Buskirk Douglas Byrd Van Buskirk


Friends can be as close as family. Add Douglas' family friends, and his friends from childhood through adulthood.

Add bio

Photos and snapshots taken of Douglas Byrd Van Buskirk, his Buskirk family, and locations and places or events from his life.


Leave a comment to ask questions, share information, or simply to show that you care about Douglas.


Share Douglas' obituary or write your own to preserve his legacy.

Douglas Byrd Van Buskirk died on November 8, 1941 in Germany at age 22. He was buried in Reichswald Forest War Cemetery, Kleve, Nordrhein-Westfalen Germany. Douglas was born c. 1919. He is the child of Harold Van Buskirk.

Refresh this page to see various historical events that occurred during Douglas' lifetime.

In 1919, in the year that Douglas Byrd Van Buskirk was born, in January, Nebraska was the 36th state to ratify the 18th Amendment, making it the law of the land. The 18th Amendment established Prohibition - a law against the production, transport, and sale of alcohol. Private consumption and possession were not prohibited. Several months later, the Volstead Act was passed, creating laws to enforce the Amendment. Bootlegging and bathtub gin followed.

In 1923, Douglas was just 4 years old when on November 8th and 9th, Adolf Hitler and his followers (the early Nazi party) staged the "Beer Hall Putsch" in Munich in an attempt to take over Bavaria (a state in Germany). They failed. Hitler was charged with treason and convicted, receiving a sentence of 5 years. He served under 1 year in jail.

In 1925, when he was merely 6 years old, on November 28th, radio station WSM broadcast the Grand Ole Opry for the first time. Originally airing as “The WSM Barn Dance”, the Opry (a local term for "opera") was dedicated to honoring country music and in its history has featured the biggest stars and acts in country music.

In 1931, by the time he was merely 12 years old, on May 1st, the Empire State Building opened in New York City. At 1,454 feet (including the roof and antenna), it was the tallest building in the world until the World Trade Center's North Tower was built in 1970. (It is now the 34th tallest.) Opening at the beginning of the Great Depression, most of the offices in the Empire State Building remained unoccupied for years and the observation deck was an equal source of revenue and kept the building profitable.

In 1941, in the year of Douglas Byrd Van Buskirk's passing, in his State of the Union address on January 6th, President Roosevelt detailed the "four freedoms" that everyone in the world should have: Freedom of speech, Freedom of worship, Freedom from want, and Freedom from fear. In the same speech, he outlined the benefits of democracy which he said were economic opportunity, employment, social security, and the promise of "adequate health care".

Other Vans

Other Buskirks

Other Biographies

Created on Jun 04, 2020 by Daniel Pinna
See Success Stories
"Thank you for helping me find my family & friends again so many years after I lost them. I get the chance to remember them all this time later." Highlights of just a few of the many successes of sharing memories on AncientFaces. From reuniting lost or 'orphan' photos with their families, seeing faces of relatives for the first time, to the many connections made with family & friends. These special moments are why it's important we share.
Back to Top