Eldon Eastham Kearl - Cardston Historical Society
Eldon Eastham Kearl
Eldon Eastham Kearl, of Cardston, Alberta served with
the Royal Canadian Air Force during the Second World War. He
was a Flight Lieutenant Pilot attached to #408 Goose Squadron.
Kearl was killed in action January 27, 1944, at the age of 24, when
Lancaster aircraft #DS709 went down during night operations
against Berlin, Germany. He is buried in the Berlin War Cemetery,
Charlottenburg, Germany. The great majority of those buried here
(approximately 80%) were airmen who were lost in the air raids over
Berlin and the towns in eastern Germany. Flight Lieutenant Pilot
Kearl was the recipient of the Distinguished Flying Cross, awarded
for exemplary gallantry, courage or devotion to duty performed
whilst flying in active operations against the enemy. Kearl Lake in
northern Alberta was named after him in 1950. “At the going down
of the sun and in the morning we will remember them.”
Over 117,000 soldiers from World Wars I and II, the Korean War, Bosnia, Afghanistan and UN Peacekeeping missions have laid down their lives for Canada.
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