Some logbook pages…with so much history

Here are four pages scanned from F/O Boyle’s logbook who was a pilot with 428 Ghost Squadron. They were scanned by Pete Jenner whose father Eric Jenner was the Flight Engineer.

Last time, Pete Jenner had shared this photo taken in 1991 with F/O Boyle and his wife.

Bob Boyle & Wife with Pete Jenner1991

Much more later…


 

On March 3, 1945, Flying Officer Boyle had just arrived at Middleton St. George.

3 March - 20 March 1945

His first sortie is on March 14 as a second dickie with Flight Lieutenant Quinn. On March 15 he takes off aboard NA-M for his second operation: Target Zweibrücken. 

22 March - 31 March 1945

March 31… Flying P for Peter.

Taken from Richard Koval’s Website.

March 31, 1945
100 Halifaxes from 408, 415, 420, 425, 426, and 432 squadrons were joined by 100 Lancasters from 419, 424, 427, 428, 429, 431, 433, and 434 on an attack at the Blohm & Voss shipyards at Hamburg. The crews were over the target at between 17,000 and 19,500 feet, releasing 1,908,000 lbs of high explosives. According to reports, the target was cloud covered but extensive damage was caused in the industrial area of Hamburg. The 6 group was in the last wave of the attack and were attacked by many ME-262s. 8 crews failed to return, mostly due to attacks by these aircraft.

428 Squadron

F/O R. Boyle from 428 squadron returned early as the port inner caught fire and the stbd outer was running poorly. They landed safely at base on 3 engines.
F/O D. Varden was hit by flak, there were holes in the port wing and bomb bay.
F/O D. Walsh and crew, flying Lancaster X KB-843 coded NA-D, were attacked by an ME-262, there was no claim or damage.
F/Lt R. Hay and crew, flying Lancaster X KB-794 coded NA-W, were attacked by an ME-262, there was no claim or damage.
F/O A. Mutch and crew, flying Lancaster X KB-864 coded NA-S, were attacked by an ME-262, there was no claim or damage.
F/O D. Brown and crew, flying Lancaster X KB-816 coded NA-E, were attacked by an ME-262, there was no claim or damage.
F/Sgt D. Desereux and crew, flying Lancaster X KB-764 coded NA-B, were attacked 3 times by ME-262s, there was no claim or damage.
F/O G. Johnson and crew, flying Lancaster X KB-879 coded NA-Y, were attacked by an ME-262, there was no claim or damage.
W/O2 R. Quinn and crew, flying Lancaster X KB-795 coded NA-Q, were attacked by an ME-262, there was no claim or damage.
F/O D. Payne and crew, flying Lancaster X KB-791 coded NA-A, fired on a ME-262 attacking another Lancaster, both gunners fired and strikes were seen, it burst into flame in the fuselage and wing root and spiraled vertically through the cloud below with pieces coming off.
W/Cdr M. Gall and crew, flying Lancaster X KB-838 coded NA-O, were attacked by an ME-262, there was no claim or damage.

 

3 April - 18 April 1945

April 25, flying NA-U… Target Wangerooge Island

1 Flak hole…

2 Halifaxes collided…

3 chutes…

20 April - 30 May 1945

A few days later, the war was over…

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