POW liberation details
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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 - www.aircrewremembered.com (England).
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William James Victor Boyd
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
- Commonwealth War Graves Commission.
- Rest in peace - I have visited the grave in Denmark in 1987. Public - Graham - Other relative - 10 September 2016 - self
- 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
|26 June 2017||Kelvin||Norfolk, England||Researcher||
|10 September 2016||Graham||Nelson, New Zealand||Other relative||
|09 April 2015||Blair||Vancouver, Canada||Other Relative||
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