Service number 72461.
Archie Boyd attended Trinity College, Oxford, where he served with the University Air Squadron from January 1938. he was called up in October 1939. After training, he was posted to No. 600 Squadron where he became a night fighter., flying Beaufighters. By March 1942 he and his radar operator had claimed five victories. After a posting as Squadron leader Night Training he was given command of No. 219 Squadron in March 1943. After having installed an improved radar, the unit was despatched to the Mediterranean to provid cover for convoys crossing the sea to invade Sicily. He returned to the UK in February 1944 and anded his second tour in August, going to HQ Fighter Command as Wing Commander Night Operations until April 1945. He ended the war with 10 confirmed victories. He was released from the RAF in February 1946. He then worked with Vickers Armstrong as a test pilot, went on to become engineer, working on nuclear submarines. He subsequently became Assistant Sales Manager and Chief Executive in 1961. He retired in 1981.
? : Pilot Officer
April 18th, 1940: Flying Officer
April 18th, 1941: Flight Lieutenant
June 1st, 1942: Squadron leader (temp)
June 24th, 1943: Squadron Leader (war sub)
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