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  F4U-1A Corsair Bureau Number 49891  
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Pilot ┬áMajor Donald W. Boyle, O-007065 USMCR (POW, survived) GA
MIA  January 23, 1944


Aircraft History
Built by Vought. Delivered to the U. S. Navy (USN) as F4U-1 Corsair bureau number 49891.

Wartime History
Assigned to the U. S. Marine Corps (USMC) to Marine Air Group 12 (MAG-12) to Marine Fighting Squadron 212 (VMF-212) "Hell Hounds / The Musketeers". No known nickname or nose art.

Mission History
On January 23, 1944 took off from Barakoma Airfield on Vella Lavella on a combat mission. This aircraft failed to return and was listed as Missing In Action (MIA).

Fate of the Pilot
In fact, Boyle was captured by the Japanese and became a Prisoner Of War (POW) and was transported to Rabaul.

On February 17, 1944 Boyle was one of six Allied prisoners transported aboard a G4M1 Betty bomber that departed Rabaul to Truk then onward to Japan. He survived the Pacific War and was liberated on September 19, 1945 from Tokyo POW Camp (Shinjuku) and returned to the United States.

Memorials
Boyle retired from the USMC with the rank of Lieutenant Colonel. He passed away on December 26, 1996. He is buried at Rabun Memory Park Cemetery in Tiger, GA.

References
Boyle was part of the pre-war Aviation Cadet (AVCAD) program and became Naval Aviator #8858 in 1941.
NARA World War II Prisoners of War Data File - Donald W. Boyle
FindAGrave - LTC Donald Winser Boyle

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Last Updated
February 9, 2018

 

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