Daniel Patrick (Paddy) BOYLE


BOYLE, Daniel Patrick

Service Numbers: V38558, 409500
Enlisted: 3 January 1940
Last Rank: Flight Sergeant
Last Unit: Operational Training Units (RAF)
Born: Kalgoorlie, Western Australia, 18 March 1919
Home Town: Richmond (V), Yarra, Victoria
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Tyre fitter
Died: Accidental (plane crash), Mountford Farm, Salt Heath, Staffordshire, England, 15 May 1943, aged 24 years
Cemetery: St Helen's Cemetery, Merseyside, England
Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, International Bomber Command Centre Memorial
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World War 2 Service

3 Jan 1940: Enlisted Private, SN V38558, Richmond, Victoria
3 Jan 1940: Enlisted Australian Military Forces (Army WW2), Private, SN V38558
5 Jun 1941: Discharged Private, SN V38558, 2nd/29th Infantry Battalion
12 Sep 1941: Enlisted Royal Australian Air Force, Aircraftman 2 (WW2), SN 409500, Melbourne, Victoria
12 Sep 1941: Enlisted Royal Australian Air Force, Flight Sergeant, SN 409500
15 May 1943: Involvement Royal Australian Air Force, Flight Sergeant, SN 409500, Operational Training Units (RAF), Empire Air Training Scheme

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Biography contributed by Ian Flaherty

This was told to me by my Grandmother who was Daniel's Auntie;

Daniel Patrick Boyle (known as Paddy) joined the RAAF and was based at Biggin Hill, South United Kingdom. He has family here in St Helens, Merseyside United Kingdom and whenever he was on leave he would come and visit, stay. He would come regularly along with his friend and enjoy being with family.

He was married and I was told expecting a baby with his wife, who was born the same time he was killed.

My nan told me the story of his death was that he was a gunner in a bomber however training to be a navigator and he was returning from an air raid in Germany. The plane he was in ran out of fuel somewhere over the south of England and he was killed, albeit being very badly burned.

A later insight from his brother (Bill) Boyle was that he did try to escape the plane by parachute however it failed to open in time with it flying so low to the ground before impact.

I remember my nan showing me a photograph of him which was the original colour photograph in original glass frame and wearing his uniform. Another photograph included him on his wedding day to his wife Nellie.

It was by chance that his body was claimed by his family here in the UK as his friend came to St Helens to inform his aunt Shannon that he had been killed and it was agreed he would be laid to rest with family (his grandparents Patrick and Mary) here in St Helens. It was a military funeral which included a gun salute from members of the RAAF and we have a photograph of this.

His family (mum, Dad, brothers and sisters in Australia) sent an engraved marble white book to be laid on the grave which still lays there today.