Athol Stewart BOYD


BOYD, Athol Stewart

Service Number: 423606
Enlisted: 18 July 1942
Last Rank: Pilot Officer
Last Unit: No. 11 Squadron (RAAF)
Born: Greenwich, Lane Cove - New South Wales, Australia, 22 May 1923
Home Town: Lane Cove, Lane Cove, New South Wales
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Not yet discovered
Died: Aircraft lost on Ops - never accounted for (until 2019), Fakfak West Papua, 2 September 1943, aged 20 years
Cemetery: No known grave - "Known Unto God"
Commemorated on the Lae Memorial
Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Lae Memorial
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World War 2 Service

18 Jul 1942: Enlisted Royal Australian Air Force, Aircraftman 2 (WW2), SN 423606, Aircrew Training Units
2 Sep 1943: Involvement Royal Australian Air Force, Pilot Officer, SN 423606, No. 11 Squadron (RAAF), Air War SW Pacific 1941-45

Wreckage of Black Cat A24-50 discovered in West Papua 3 Aug 19

3 August 2019

THE Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) has completed a search and recovery mission in Indonesia for the remains of 10 Australian airmen aboard Catalina A24-50, 76 years after the aircraft failed to return from a wartime mission.

Reported missing on 2 September 1943 while on a sea mining operation to Sorong in occupied Dutch New Guinea, the wreckage of RAAF No 11 Squadron Catalina A24-50 was located near Fakfak, in West Papua in April 2018.

Minister for Veterans and Defence Personnel Darren Chester said the Air Force Unrecovered War Casualties team positively identified the missing aircraft during a reconnaissance mission to the crash site last year.

“We are committed to honouring the service and sacrifice of Australian military personnel from all theatres of war,” Mr Chester said.

“The RAAF team has concluded further search activities in the field and have reported finding a number of items of interest which require further testing in order to confirm the origin of each item.

“The only major recognisable pieces of wreckage were two sections of the wing, engines and propeller, and the empennage (rear part of fuselage) across the top of a ridge.

“We are very grateful for the support and assistance provided by the Indonesian Air Force throughout this process, without which this work could not take place.”

The Hon Darren Chester MP

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Biography contributed by Steve Larkins