Boyle, John Joseph, ENS

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Last Rank
Last Primary NEC
131X-Unrestricted Line Officer - Pilot
Last Rating/NEC Group
Line Officer
Primary Unit
1943-1944, 131X, VB-8 Eight-ball Skull
Service Years
1942 - 1944

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Casualty Info
Home Town
Philadelphia, PA
Last Address
5528 Linmore St
Philadelphia, PA

Casualty Date
Oct 24, 1944
Hostile-Body Not Recovered
Air Loss, Crash - Sea
Pacific Ocean
World War II
Location of Interment
Manila American Cemetery - Taguig City, Philippines
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 Military Association Memberships
WW II Memorial National RegistryUnited States Navy Memorial The National Gold Star Family RegistryWorld War II Fallen
  2019, WW II Memorial National Registry
  2019, United States Navy Memorial - Assoc. Page
  2019, The National Gold Star Family Registry
  2019, World War II Fallen

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 Duty Stations
USS Intrepid (CV-11)VB-8 Eight-ball SkullUSS Bunker Hill (CV-17)
  1943-1944, 131X, USS Intrepid (CV-11)
  1943-1944, 131X, VB-8 Eight-ball Skull
  1944-1944, 131X, USS Bunker Hill (CV-17)
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1944-1944 World War II/Asiatic-Pacific Theater/New Guinea Campaign (1943-44)
  1944-1944 Marshall Islands Operation (1944)/Battle of Kwajalein Atoll (Operation Flintlock)
  1944-1944 Marshall Islands Operation (1944)/Battle of Roi-Namur Island
  1944-1944 Mariana and Palau Islands Campaign (1944)/Battle of Saipan
  1944-1944 Mariana and Palau Islands Campaign (1944)/Battle of Guam
  1944-1944 Western Caroline Islands Operation/Battle for Ulithi Atoll
  1944-1944 Western Caroline Islands Operation/Battle of Peleliu
 Other News, Events and Photographs
  Feb 16, 1942, WWII draft card
  Oct 21, 1943, Commissioned as Ensign
  Mar 30, 1950, Application for WWII Compensation1
  Dec 06, 2019, General Photos
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity

ENS Boyle was a member of Bombing Squadron 8 (VB-8) attatched to the USS Bunker Hill. Not much is known about his loss. He was listed as missing in action and later declared dead.

Service number: 320579

Distinguished Flying Cross
Awarded for Actions During World War II
Service: Navy
Rank: Ensign
Citation: The President of the United States of America takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Flying Cross (Posthumously) to Ensign John Joseph Boyle (NSN: 0-320579), United States Naval Reserve, for heroism and extraordinary achievement while participating in aerial flight as pilot of a carrier-based dive bomber, during an attack on a strongly defended enemy harbor in the vicinity of Formosa, on 12 October 1944. He flew for more than fifty miles under conditions of zero visibility. In complete disregard for personal safety, he participated in an attack which resulted in the sinking of five merchant ships, serious damage to another large ship and to a Naval dry-dock, three reinforced concrete warehouses and other harbor installations. Enemy anti-aircraft fire was so intense that two planes failed to return and eight other planes received battle damage. His aggressiveness, courage and skill were outstanding and were in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.

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