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    Default 50 Squadron loss, 20th/21st December 1943

    Looking for some details on the loss of Lancaster DV234 'VN - M' of 50 Squadron during the night of 20th/21st December 1943. The pilot was the Squadron CO, Wing Commander Edward Pullen, but there were eight on board that night. The extra man seems to have been Flying Officer P N Boyle, a pilot.

    Only a couple of weeks before he had been a pilot instructor at No. 1660 CU when the Lancaster he was in struck another Lancaster as they prepared to take off.

    My query revolves mostly around Boyle - was he 'hitching a lift' in the 50 Squadron Lanc (IE was he still with 1660) or had he officially been posted to 50 Squadron? Four survived the trip as POWs (including Boyle) the rest (including Pullen) being killed.

    Also, can anyone confirm Boyle's Christian name?

    Many thanks...

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    Airman 1, Hi
    Looks like Peter Norman Boyle (141683), and it also looks like he Transferred to the Snowdrop Branch in 1948 (LG).
    A Peter N Boyle has a Death Registration in Q2 1960 in Holderness, Yorks, aged 40.
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    Last edited by Resmoroh; 23rd August 2012 at 10:38.
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    Airman,
    Boyle had only been posted in with a crew, from 1660 CU on 16th December, and appears to have be on a 2nd Dicky trip with Pullen on the night of loss.
    Alan.
    Last edited by AlanW; 23rd August 2012 at 11:39. Reason: typed in wrong members name

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    Thank you very much gents for your swift responses. Yes Mr 141683 is my man, it ses he had an eventful couple of weeks!

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