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USAAF
13th AF
347th FG
67th FS

Pilot  2nd Lt. John K. Boyles, O-793844 (MIA / KIA) WV
MIA  August 12, 1943
MACR  16144

Aircraft History
Built by Bell. Delivered to the U. S. Army. Disassembled and shipped overseas to the South Pacific and reassembled.

Wartime History
Assigned to the 13th Air Force, 347th Fighter Group, 67th Fighter Squadron. No known nickname or nose art.

Mission History
On August 12, 1943 took off from Narewa Airfield (Guasopa, Woodlark) on Woodlark Island on a patrol mission. When this aircraft failed to return, Boyles was reported as Missing In Action (MIA).

Recovery of Remains
Later, his body was recovered.

Memorials
Boyles was officially declared dead the day of the mission. He is listed on the tablets of the missing at the Manila American Cemetery in the Philippines. After the recovery of remains, Boyles was buried at West Virginia National Cemetery in Grafton, WV at section MA, site 13.

References
Note, it is unclear if Boyles was lost piloting a P-39 Airacobra or P-400 Airacobra
Missing Air Crew Report (MACR) 16144
American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) John K. Boyles
FindAGrave - John Kirby Boyles (grave photo)
FindAGrave - 2Lt John K Boyles (tablets of the missing)
Thanks to Daniel Leahy for his assistance with this profile

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Last Updated
February 4, 2018

 

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