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    Default 88 Sqn Boston Lost 6 June 1944

    Looking for details of a 88 Sqn Boston lost on 6 June 1944, one of the crew members was P/O Alan John Boyle.

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    7.30 Boston IIIa BZ243 N P/O A.J.Boyle (killed), P/O J.C.Chalmers (killed), P/O A.T.Gardner (killed) failed to return after smoke laying (Le Havre)
    2nd TAF, vol 1

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    Thank you again.

    Unfortunately I don't have the 2nd TAF series of books, so have to rely on the interweb for help.
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    "First visible evidence of 2nd TAF's support to the Invasion force had appeared at 0500 hours with the arrival of the smoke - laying Bostons. 88 Squadron covered the eastern flank of the Invasion fleet while 342 Squadron took the west. It was a precision operation, with single Bostons arriving on each flank at ten minute intervals in order to maintain a continuous smokescreen. The operation achieved complete success, although each unit suffered a loss of one aircraft (each crashing into the sea for unknown reasons), while a second from 88 Squadron, hit in the rudder and undercarriage, was forced, due to shortage of fuel, to land downwind at Hartford Bridge, overshooting into the sandpit.Its navigator was killed."

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    Ian,

    From my 'For Your Tomorrow - A record of New Zealanders who have died while serving with the RNZAF and Allied Air Services since 1915 (Volume Two: Fates 1943-1998)':

    D-Day 1944

    ALLIED EXPEDITIONARY AIR FORCE

    Laying smoke screen for landing craft off the Normandy beaches from Le Havre battery, France
    88 Squadron, RAF (Hartford Bridge, Hampshire - 137 Wing, 2 Group, 2nd Tactical Air Force)
    Boston IIIA BZ243/N - piloted by Plt Off A J Boyle, RAF, being one of 18 which took off at 10 minute intervals during the early morning. Brought down by flak from either the shore or E-boats which had come out of Le Havre, or both. The pilot and navigator are commemorated on the Runnymede Memorial, while the RAF wireless operator-air gunner is buried at Rouen..
    Navigator: NZ413722 Plt Off James Chute CHALMERS, RNZAF - Age 21. 441hrs. 29th op.
    It will be recalled that when Chalmers was on his 2nd op he was one of six crew who survived when abandoning his 214 Sqn Stirling over England in the early hours of 18 February 1943, the captain, Plt Off J R Rundle, RNZAF, being killed. On his very next op with the Squadron he survived a serious take-off crash in which all seven crew were injured.

    Errol

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