LEST WE FORGET

Leading Aircraftman Charles Broughton BOYDELL

Service No: 444885
Born: Tul-Mi-Chung, Korea, 9 September 1920
Enlisted in the RAAF: 10 April 1944 (at Sydney NSW)
Unit: No. 1 Transportation and Movements Office
Died: Aircraft Accident (No. 618 Squadron RAF Mosquito aircraft HR576), Petersham NSW, 2 May 1945, Aged 24 Years
Buried: Sydney War Cemetery, NSW
CWGC Additional Information: Son of William Guy Broughton Boydell and Roi St. George Boydell, of Mosman
Roll of Honour: Sydney NSW
Remembered: Panel 114, Commemorative Area, Australian War Memorial, Canberra ACT
Remembered: Petersham Public School – Air Accident Memorial, Petersham NSW

At 1145 hours on 2 May 1945, Mosquito HR576 crashed at Petersham during a non-operational test flight and the two on board were killed. The aircraft caught fire, disintegrated in a dive, and crashed on to some buildings.

The crew members of HR576 were:

Leading Aircraftman Charles Broughton Boydell (444885) (Trainee Aircrew (2P), Supernumerary)
Flight Lieutenant David George Rochford (106025) (RAFVR) (Pilot) No. 618 Squadron RAF

References:

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, 166/6/1100
Register of War Memorials in New South Wales On-Line

Bibliography:

Vincent, D. (David) Mosquito Monograph: A history of Mosquitoes in Australia and RAAF operations, David Vincent Highbury SA 5089, 1982