Skip to main content
Edit entry 

Earl J Boies

Military

Top Turret Gunner/Engineer Technical Sgt Earl J Boies was Killed In Action flying his fourth and final mission to the synthetic rubber plant located at Hulls Germany on June 22, 1943.

Enemy aircraft attacked the formation at approximately 09:15AM just prior to their reaching the IP of their bomb run. His B17F 42-29946 was damaged by 20 mm cannon fire causing the aircraft to spin, tumble and crash.

He was last seen by Lloyd Donelson, LT Waist gunner, who reported that Boies was sitting on the base of the top turret in good position for escape but he did not bail out. Apparently not injured Boise was dazed due to a loss of oxygen and the centrifugal force of the tumbling ship. As Donelson exited the aircraft Boies waved good bye.

Boies is buried in the Ardennes American Cemetery Belgium.

Service

Units served with

  • 379th Bomb Group

    379th Bomb Group

    Group
    The 379th Bomb Group (H) (heavy), based at Kimbolton, flew more sorties than any other Bomb Group in the Eighth Air Force and dropped a greater bomb tonnage than any other Group. The B-17 Flying Fortress Group was awarded two Distinguished Unit...

  • 525th Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

  • 42-29946

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 15/3/43; Gore 16/3/43; Cheyenne 22/3/43; Walla Walla 2/4/43; Metropolitan 13/4/43; Assigned 525BS/379BG Kimbolton 4/5/43; ...

  • 42-6092

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Long Beach 20/7/43; Cheyenne 22/7/43; Dyersburg 1/9/43; 4100 BU Patterson 3/8/44; 326 BU MacDill 29/10/44; 327 BU Drew 18/5/45; Reconstruction Finance Corporation (sold for scrap metal in USA) Walnut Ridge 18/12/45.

Missions

  • VIII Bomber Command 61

    29 May 1943
    Three primary targets are selected for this mission. The U-Boat pens at St. Nazaire, France are selected as the target for a force of 169 B-17s despatched from: 91BG (23); 92BG (22), 303BG (30); 305BG (25) 306BG (24); 351BG (21) and 379BG (24). This is...

  • VIII Bomber Command 62

    11 June 1943
    The harbour facilities, port areas and U-Boat pens at Wilhelmshaven and Cuxhaven, Germany are the primary targets for this mission. This is the largest number of heavy bombers yet despatched on a single mission - 252. This is the first mission flown...

  • VIII Bomber Command 63

    13 June 1943
    German naval facilities and port areas at Bremen, Germany and Kiel, Germany are the primary targets for this mission. A formation of 151 B-17s despatched from: 91BG (21); 92BG (17); 303BG (27); 305BG (24); 306BG (28); 351BG (21); and 379BG (13) are to...

  • VIII Bomber Command 65

    22 June 1943
    The German rubber industry (Chemische Werke Hüls AG) at Marl (district Hüls-Nord), Germany, is the primary objective of this mission and is assigned to the Bomb Groups with the most expericence. Also the industrial area of Antwerp, Belgium is assigned...

Associated Place

  • Kimbolton

    Military site : airfield
    Planned for RAF use, Kimbolton airfield was built by W and C French Ltd. in 1941. The airfield was increased in size to accommodate a full US heavy Bomb Group, and the first such unit to us it was the 91st Bomb Group, who arrived in September 1942....

Events

Event Location Date
Born California, USA 1920
Enlisted Los Angeles, CA, USA 15 December 1941
Killed in Action (KIA) Germany 22 June 1943
Buried

Plot B Row 11 Grave 16

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
22 July 2016 13:41:27 Lucy May Changes to biography, events and place associations
Sources

NARA Enlistment record: https://aad.archives.gov/aad/record-detail.jsp?dt=893&mtch=1&tf=F&q=earl...

ABMC record: https://www.abmc.gov/node/543972#.V5ITa01TGM8

Date Contributor Update
31 October 2015 11:45:56 Hobie@64205 Changes to biography
Sources

Sgt Boies

Date Contributor Update
30 October 2015 11:09:02 Hobie@64205 Changes to biography and events
Sources

Sgt Boies

Date Contributor Update
30 October 2015 11:05:29 Hobie@64205 Changes to mission associations
Sources

Sgt Boies

Date Contributor Update
30 October 2015 11:04:25 Hobie@64205 Changes to service number, awards and mission associations
Sources

Sgt Boies

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:07:58 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 1294 / MACR 1294; The 379th Bombardier Group Anthology, pg 265 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

Share