Boyle, Clarence Edward, Jr., 1st Lt

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Last Rank
First Lieutenant
Last Primary AFSC/MOS
AAF MOS 1051-Pilot - Two-Engine
Last AFSC Group
Pilot (Officer)
Primary Unit
1951-Present, MIA Asia
Service Years
1944 - 1951
Officer Collar Insignia
First Lieutenant

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Casualty Info
Home Town
Westwood Village/Santa Monica, CA
Last Address
Pusan-East AB, South Korea

Casualty Date
Jul 01, 1951
Hostile, Died while Missing
Air Loss, Crash - Sea
Korea, North
Korean War
Location of Interment
Arlington National Cemetery - Arlington, Virginia
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Not Specified

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Korean War Fallen
  1951, Korean War Fallen

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 Unit Assignments/ Advancement Schools
728th Bombardment Squadron, Heavy	452nd Bombardment Wing, Light5th Air ForceUS Air Force
  1950-1951, 728th Bombardment Squadron, Heavy
  1950-1951, AAF MOS 1051, 452nd Bombardment Wing, Light
  1950-1951, 5th Air Force
  1951-Present, MIA Asia
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1944-1945 World War II
  1945-1945 World War II/Asian-Pacific Theater/Western Pacific Campaign (1944-45)
  1945-1945 World War II/Asian-Pacific Theater
  1950-1953 Korean War4
 Colleges Attended 
University of California, Los Angeles
  1941-1943, University of California, Los Angeles
 My Aircraft/Missiles
C-47 Skytrain/Dakota  C-47 Skytrain/Dakota  P-38 Lightning (Forked Tail Devil)  P-51/F-51 Mustang  
P-61 Black Widow  A-26 (B-26) Invader  
  1944-1945, C-47 Skytrain/Dakota
  1944-1945, C-47 Skytrain/Dakota
  1946-1948, P-38 Lightning (Forked Tail Devil)
  1946-1948, P-51/F-51 Mustang
  1948-1949, P-61 Black Widow
  1951-1951, A-26 (B-26) Invader
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
1st Lt. Clarence "Sonny" Boyle enlisted in the Army Air Force on 11 April 1944 as a private at Fort MacArthur, San Pedro, California, from the civilian occupation of being a pilot.  He served as a C-47 pilot in the CBi Theater. (No other information about service during WWII.)

In the interim between WWII and the Korean War, he served in the Air Force Reserve, ferrying aircraft all around the States.

During the Korean War, he was the pilot of an A-26 Invader (B-26B tail number 44-34703), "Yer Old Dad"  with the 728th Bomber Squadron, 452nd Bomber Wing, 5th Air Force.

On 1 July 1951, while on a night intruder mission over the North Korean port city of Wonsan on the Sea of Japan, his aircraft was shot down over the southern end of Wonson Harbor.

He flew a route named "Purple One"; leaving the air base at Pusan, South Korea and flying over water up to the tip of North Korea. Then, down the coast while talking to "Snow Flake", a C-47 that handled all the missions that night, providing "targets" and related information.

When his B-26 was hit by AAA near Wonsan, his crew radioed "Dentist", a ground station southwest of their location. He was given a 230 degree heading by the ground station to fly to a safe landing area.

They did not make it  and were never ever heard from again. He and his crew were listed as Missing in Action and presumed dead on 31 December 1953.  

SSgt. George Jimmie Soto, gunner 
1st Lt. Clarence Edward Boyle, Jr. , pilot
1st Lt.  Samuel Buck Cooper, navigator

Memorial held in Arlington National Cemetery on 9 August 2013

Notes/Links:  (1951-1954)


452nd Bombardment Group, Light On October 27, 1950, the 452nd BG entered combat against communist forces with its B-26s, flying medium-level armed reconnaissance, interdiction bombing, and close air support sorties. The group bombed and strafed buildings, tunnels, rail lines, switching centers, bridges, vehicles, supply dumps, and airfields. In one of its most important missions, the 452nd BG supported the 187th Airborne Infantry Regiment's mass parachute drop over North Korean lines at Munsan-ni on March 23, 1951.

Leading the troop carrier aircraft over the target area, the group dropped 500-pound bombs, fired rockets, and strafed the CCF front line. After the enemy launched its spring 1951 offensive, it added night missions then in early June converted solely to such operations until its inactivation on May 10, 1952.

Combat Components
728th Bombardment Squadron: -May 10, 1952.
729th Bombardment Squadron: -May 10, 1952.
730th Bombardment Squadron: -May 10, 1952.
731st Bombardment Squadron: -November 1950.

Stations Itazuke AB, Japan, October 27, 1950; Miho AB, Japan, c. December 10, 1950; Pusan-East AB, South Korea, May 17, 1951-May 10, 1952. Commanders Col. Charles W. Howe, -May 17, 1951; Col. Frank L. Wood, Jr., May 17, 1951; Lt. Col. John A. Herrington, June 1951; Lt. Col. Harry C. Mailey, c. December 1951; Col. James D. Kemp, March 28-May 10, 1952.

Two Distinguished Unit Citations for actions July 9-November 27, 1951 and November 28, 1951-April 30, 1952.
Republic of Korea Presidential Unit Citation for period October 27, 1950-October 27, 1952

The following article appeared in the Los Angeles Times and accompanies the photo showing the award of the DFC to Lt. Boyle, attached.


DECORATED FOR HEROISM AN AIR BASE IN KOREA---Colonel Brooks A. Lawhon, left, commander of the Fifth Air Force's 452 Bomb Wing, congratulates 1st. Lt. Clarence E. Boyle after awarding him the Distinguished Flying Cross for "outstanding heroism" while piloting a B-26 Invader bomber against the enemy.

Lt. Boyle's wife, Bernice Nadyne, and their two year old son, Gary, reside at 1430 Kelton Ave., Los Angeles, Calif. (U. S. Air Force Photo (G-1363-5) 
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