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Frank R Boyles

Military

Joined RAFVR, service pilot training in US, shipped overseas to ETO, operational training at OTU, assigned to 121 [Eagle] Sqn RAF, transferred to 335 FS, 4th FG, 8AF USAAF 16-9-42, promoted to 1st Lieutenant 26-10-42, promoted to Captain 1-9-43, transferred to MOR at 65 Fighter Wing Headquarters. 16-10-43
On DS (Detached Service) with 335FS when he went down.
Killed in action near Celle, Germany. He was last seen at the start of a big dogfight in the same area. Shot down 8 April 1944 in P-51C 43-7098.
Killed in Action (KIA). MACR 3612.

AM w/3 Oak Leaf Cluster/ PH

Service

Units served with

  • 65th Fighter Wing
  • 4th Fighter Group

    4th Fighter Group

    Group
    Some of the pilots of the 4th Fighter Group had seen many hours of combat by the time they joined the 4th Fighter Group as they had volunteered with the Royal Canadian Air Force and the Royal Air Force. The three 'Eagle Squadrons' of RAF Fighter...

  • 335th Fighter Squadron

    335th Fighter Squadron

    Squadron
    The 335th Fighter Squadron was the offspring of No. 121 (Eagle) Squadron RAF. Formed on 21 May 1941, No. 121 was the second of the three Eagle Squadrons composed of American volunteers flying out of England. They were known as the "Chiefs" and were...

  • No. 121 'Eagle' Squadron

    No. 121 'Eagle' Squadron

    Squadron
    'On 14 May 1941, No. 121 was reformed at Kirton-in-Lindsey as the second 'Eagle' Squadron to be manned by American volunteers. Equipped with Hurricanes, it began defensive patrols in October but in November it converted to Spitfires. It moved to North...

  • Headquarters (4th Fighter Group)

    Headquarters (4th Fighter Group)

    Headquarters
    The Headquarters Squadron was made up of true leaders. Most had flown Hurricanes, Spitfires, Thunderbolts and Mustangs. ...

  • 8th Air Force

Aircraft

  • 43-7098

    P-51 Mustang
    Assigned to 335FS, 4FG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR), A/C was last seen at the start of a big dogfight in the same area. Shot down near Celle, Germany. 8-Ap-44. Pilot Capt Frank R Boyles Killed in action KIA. MACR 3612.

Associated Place

  • Biggin Hill

    Military site : airfield
    An RAF Station with US lodger units. USAAF Spitfires and P-38s were attached to RAF No 11 Group stations in mid-1942 for training; also used for special operations by British and US forces.

  • Debden

    Military site : airfield
    RAF Debden, construction of which began in 1935, is perhaps most famous as a Battle of Britain fighter airfield, partly responsible for the defence of London in 1940. In 1942 it was also home to three RAF 'Eagle Squadrons’ of volunteer American pilots...

Events

Event Location Date
Born Thanlyin, Myanmar (Burma) 24 July 1920

Born - 24 July 1920 Syriam, Burma.

Lived in Mt Vernon, NY, USA 1940
Joined RAFVR Canada 1940

Joined Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve.

Service pilot training Tulsa, OK, USA 1940

Service pilot training in US.

Shipped overseas Merseyside, UK 1940

Shipped overseas to ETO.

Assigned Kirton in Lindsey, Gainsborough, North Lincolnshire DN21, UK 1941 – 16 September 1942

Assigned to 121 [Eagle] Sqn RAF.

Operational training Great Britain, United Kingdom 1941

Operational training at OTU. Conversion to Hurricane and Spitfires.

Transferred Debden, Saffron Walden, Essex CB11, UK 16 September 1942 – 16 October 1943

Transferred to 335th FS, 4th FG, 8AF USAAF 16-9-42.

Promoted Debden, Saffron Walden, Essex CB11, UK 26 October 1942

Promoted to 1st Lieutenant 26-10-42.

Promoted Debden, Saffron Walden, Essex CB11, UK 1 September 1943

Promoted to Captain 1-9-43.

Transferred Debden, Saffron Walden, Essex CB11, UK 16 October 1943

Transferred to MOR at 65 Fighter Wing Headquarters. 16-10-43.

Died Celle, Germany 8 April 1944

He was last seen at the start of a big dogfight in the same area. Shot down in P-51C 43-7098 near Celle, Germany. Killed in Action (KIA). 8-4-44. MACR 3612.

Buried 1945

Ardennes American Cemetery and Memorial.

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
25 February 2016 11:01:55 Al_Skiff Changes to unit associations and place associations
Sources

http://www.uswarmemorials.org/html/people_details.php?PeopleID=3737
http://www.4thfightergroupassociation.org/uploads/8/2/0/3/8203817/335_bo...

Date Contributor Update
21 October 2015 10:29:12 general ira snapsorter Changes to biography
Sources

Merged with duplicate entries to include details from :
Ted Damick, VIII Fighter Command pilots list;
MACR 3612;
Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

Date Contributor Update
19 October 2015 18:23:41 Al_Skiff Changes to highest rank, biography, awards, events, unit associations, place associations and aircraft associations
Sources

http://www.uswarmemorials.org/html/people_details.php?PeopleID=3737
http://www.4thfightergroupassociation.org/uploads/8/2/0/3/8203817/335_bo...

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:10:09 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

ABMC, MACR 3612 / Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / Ted Damick, VIII Fighter Command pilots list

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