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John T Boyle


Assigned to 524BS, 379BG, 8AF USAAF. 1 x combat missions. Shot down 16-Aug-1943 in B-17 42-29866. Evaded and returned (EVD/RTD)

Awards: AM, PH, WWII Victory, EAME.



  • Charles Bigler

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 379th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 524BS, 379BG, 8AF USAAF. 14 x combat missions. Co-pilot of B-17 42-29866 'Judy B' on Hamburg mission, when pilot Lt Willis C Carlisle was killed at controls. A/C fought off fighters whilst in uncontrolled plunge from 16,000ft to 3,500ft 25...

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Units served with

  • 379th Bomb Group

    379th Bomb Group

    The 379th Bomb Group (H) (heavy), based at Kimbolton, flew more sorties than any other Bomb Group in the Eighth Air Force and dropped a greater bomb tonnage than any other Group. The B-17 Flying Fortress Group was awarded two Distinguished Unit...

  • 524th Bomb Squadron


  • 42-29866 'Judy B'

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Denver 27/2/43; Sioux City 16/3/43; Kearney 8/4/43; Dow Fd 15/4/43; Assigned 524BS/379BG [WA-L] Kimbolton 21/4/43; Missing in Action Le Bourget 16/8/43 with Chas Biglar, Bombardier: John Boyle, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Albt Tyler,...


  • VIII Bomber Command 83

    16 August 1943
    This mission consists of two elements of B-17s despatched to bomb the German airfields of Le Bourget (Paris), Poix and Abbeville, France. The first element is a combined force of 180 B-17s from: 91BG (21); 92BG (17); 303BG (20); 305BG (20); 306BG (20);...

Associated Place

  • Kimbolton

    Military site : airfield
    Planned for RAF use, Kimbolton airfield was built by W and C French Ltd. in 1941. The airfield was increased in size to accommodate a full US heavy Bomb Group, and the first such unit to us it was the 91st Bomb Group, who arrived in September 1942....


Event Location Date
Born Elmwood Park, Illinois, USA 3 January 1920

Son of Everard and Elizabeth Boyle.

Enlisted Chicago, IL 2 March 1942

Chicago, Illinois

Based Kimbolton 1943 – 16 August 1943

Assigned to 524BS, 379BG, 8AF USAAF.

Baled out EVD Le Bourget, France 16 August 1943

Failed to Return (FTR) Le Bourget; Shot down 16-Aug-1943 in B-17 42-29866. Evaded and returned (EVD/RTD) MACR 1352

EVD France 16 August 1943 – November 1943

Evaded capture (EVD) for 3 months.

Died Oshkosh, WI 27 January 2013
Buried Irving Park Cemetery, Chicago, Cook County, IL February 2013

Irving Park Cemetery
Cook County, IL


Date Contributor Update
31 July 2019 19:21:01 Al_Skiff Changes to service number, highest rank, role, biography, awards, events, unit associations, place associations and mission associations

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:16:40 AAM AAM ingest

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 1352 / MACR 1352, Losses of the 8th & 9th AFs Vol I by Bishop & Hey p, 234; 379th Bombardment Group Anthology, pg 274 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database