Flight Sergeant Norman Collis BOYD

Service No: 430112
Born: Maryborough VIC, 7 October 1921
Enlisted in the RAAF: 9 December 1942
Unit: No. 90 Squadron (RAF), RAF Station Tuddenham
Died: Air Operations: (No. 90 Squadron Lancaster aircraft HK664), Belgium, 23 December 1944, Aged 23 Years
Buried: Unrecovered
CWGC Additional Information: Son of Norman Rupert and Ellen Elizabeth Boyd, of Melton South, Victoria, Australia
Roll of Honour: Melton VIC
Remembered: Panel 260, Runnymede Memorial, Surrey UK
Remembered: Panel 119, Commemorative Area, Australian War Memorial, Canberra ACT

At 1420 hours on 23 December 1944 Lancaster HK664 took off from Tuddenham to attack Trier, Germany. Nothing was heard from the aircraft after take-off and it did not return to base. Post war enquiries established that a captured document of a German Parachute Anti-Aircraft Regiment indicated that HK664 had been shot down by the Regiment on 23 December and the aircraft had crashed at Echternach, 17 miles north east of Luxembourg, Belgium, on the River Sure. All the crew members had been killed but only four bodies were recovered.

The crew members of HK664 were:

Sergeant Edward Charles Allison (2220851) (RAFVR) (Mid Gunner)
Flight Sergeant Norman Collis Boyd (430112) (Wireless Operator Air)
Flying Officer Alexander Anthony Christie (432485) (Air Bomber)
Sergeant Frederick William Clinch (2210367) (RAFVR) (Rear Gunner)
Flight Sergeant John Reginald Ennor (1339743) (RAFVR) (Navigator)
Flying Officer Herbert George Floyd (161272) (RAFVR) (Pilot)
Warrant Officer I Robert William Gibson (R/131971) (RCAF) (Mid Under Gunner)
Sergeant John Manning (2203524) (RAFVR) (Flight Engineer)


Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour On-Line Records (RAAF Casualty Information compiled by Alan Storr (409804))
Commonwealth War Graves Commission On-Line Records
Department of Veterans’ Affairs On-Line WWII Nominal Roll
National Archives of Australia On-Line Record A705, 166/6/862

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