Staff Sergeant James R. Boyd was assigned to the 708th Bomber Squadron, 447th Bomber Group flying a B-17 out of Rattlesdale, England. He was Killed in Action 29 April 1944 and is interred at O,18,2, Netherlands American Cemetery, Margraten, Netherlands.
Aircraft B-17G with serial number 42-31144 was on a bombing mission to Berlin, Germany. The aircraft was shot down by an enemy fighter at 1100 hours 700 meters northeast of Grasdorf, on the Street Salzgitter-Hildesheim near Destedt, 8 km from Koenigslutter, Germany. S/Sgt Boyd was initially buried at the village cemetery of Destedt on 30 April 1944.
Pilot, 1st Lt Hayden T. Hughes
Co-Pilot, 2nd Lt Howard N. Barr
Navigator, 2nd Lt William H. Allen Jr.
Bombardier, 1st Lt Richard H. Johnson
Radio Operator, T/Sgt Raymond J. Small
Top Turret Gunner, T/Sgt Walter J. Zesut
Ball Turret Gunner, S/Sgt James R. Boyd
Tail Gunner, S/Sgt George R. Bentley
Waist Gunner Left, S/Sgt Roger Hess
Waist Gunner Right, S/Sgt Barley E. Hill
He was on his 47th mission when Killed in Action. Our family hero. He was know as Grandpop because he was in his 30s and so much older than most. I’ve been to his grave twice and a good friend has given respect there three times now. Thank you.
–Submitted by his grandnephew, Lennith Armstrong