Cyrill St. Clair (Cy) Yarnell
Cyrill St. Clair (Cy) Yarnell was born August 9, 1920 in
Carlow, Ireland. He moved to Canada when he was 8 years old.
He enlisted in the Royal Canadian Air Force in 1940 at the
age of 20. Mr Yarnell received his initial pilot training in
Victoriaville, Quebec where he learned to fly the Fleet
Finch, he then graduated on to the Harvard. He received
flying instructor training in Trenton and trained pilots
from many countries. After instructing for a year, Mr.
Yarnell was sent overseas. He flew missions over North
Africa, Italy and Germany and was involved in the battles at
Liri Valley and Monte Cassino. Following the war, Mr.
Yarnell continued with the RCAF, retiring in 1975 as a
colonel. He is a member of the Air Force Association of
Canada and is very active with the Air Force Museum in
Trenton, Ontario. Mr. Yarnell and his wife, Phyllis, have
three children, seven grandchildren and one great-grandchild
Veterans Affairs Canada
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