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William James Victor Boyd

Portrait, getting into a car, c early 1943 taken some time before he embarked for Canada April 1943 (photograph kindly provided by family) - This image may be subject to copyright

Portrait, getting into a car, c early 1943 taken some time before he embarked for Canada April 1943 …


  • Title
  • Forenames
    William James Victor AWMM
  • Surname
    Boyd AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
    Vic AWMM
  • Service number
    • NZ428303 AWMM
    • WWII 428303 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi
  • Hapū
  • Waka
  • Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    22 June 1924 AWMM NelsonTasman AWMM
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
  • Relationship status


Wars and conflicts

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Military decorations

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  • Medals and Awards

Training and Enlistment

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Prisoner of war

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  • Capture details
  • Days interned
  • Liberation date
  • Liberation Repatriation
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  • POW serial number

Medical history

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  • Medical notes
    Killed in Action, Cause of Death AWMM
    Killed on air operations AWMM

Biographical information

Biographical information

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    • William Boyd was the son of James Benjamin Boyd and of Lucy Eileen Boyd (Nee Westley), of Mapua, Nelson.

      Brother of Vera who deeply mourned this loss throughout her life. She very much wished to visit his grave but was not able to, her son, William's nephew did visit the grave in the 1980's as a mark of respect for their mother and Uncle Vic

      Other biographical details on file AWMM
    • 75 (New Zealand) Squadron : Lancaster ILM 228 AA-D

      Reason for Loss
      Taking off with 7 other aircraft from 75 (New Zealand) Squadron – from RAF Base Mepal, Cambridgeshire, England – at 19.35 hours on 11 September 1944 for air operations (Operation Code Named : Gardening) over Kattegat, Denmark, area. 68 aircraft from other Squadrons also participated in this mission.
      All aircraft delivered their mines to the target area and were returning when Lancaster ILM 228 AA-D was intercepted and shot down by a German fighter (Oblt Arnold Brinkmann (8.NJG-3).
      2 crew – Flight Engineer Colin Fowler RAFVR (evaded capture) and RNZAF Flt Sgt David Wilcox (POW) survived the bomber crash landing. All other RNZAF crew aboard were killed.
      RNZAF Crew aboard were
      RNZAF Pilot Wilson Orchard Hadley NZ426041 – Christchurch – killed.
      RNZAF Navigator Pilot Officer John Bernard Gudgeon NZ428786 – Christchurch - killed.
      RNZAF Air Bmdr Flight Sergeant David John Robert Wilcox NZ421244 (POW)
      RNZAF Wireless Op/ Air Gunner John Patrick Arthur Giles NZ425836 – Christchurch – killed.
      RNZAF Air Gunner Flt Sgt William James Victor Boyd NZ 428303 – Nelson – killed.
      RNZAF Air Gunner Flt Sgt John Matthew Biggar NZ 427945 – Wanganui. Killed. Public - Jenifer - Researcher - 20 April 2019 - (England).
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About death

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  • Death
    12 September 1944 AWMM
    Age 20 AWMM
    DenmarkEurope AWMM
  • Date of death
  • Age at death
  • Place of death
  • Cause of death
  • Death notes
  • Cemetery
    Svino Churchyard, Svino, Southern Zealand, Denmark AWMM Coll. grave 88. AWMM
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  • Although we never met, you will always be in our thoughts Uncle Vic. We thank you for your tremendous sacrifice.
    Public - Blair - Other Relative - 9 April 2015



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  • References
    • Martyn, E. (1998-2008). For Your Tomorrow (Vols. 1-3). Christchurch, N.Z.: Volplane Press. AWMM
      Martyn, E. (1998-2008). vol. 2 p. 274; vol. 3; p. 99 AWMM
    • This record is a work in progress and was partially compiled from the “Database of New Zealand Airmen who took part in Advanced Air Training in Canada during WW2”. Researched by Ivan and Lorna Lindsey of Tauranga. N.Z. 2003 – 2012. Reproduced with permission. AWMM
    • Information kindly provided by family AWMM


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20 April 2019JeniferWairarapaResearcher
26 June 2017KelvinNorfolk, EnglandResearcher
10 September 2016GrahamNelson, New ZealandOther relative
09 April 2015BlairVancouver, CanadaOther Relative

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