Boyce Crew, Haudricourt, France

Lancaster LM218 EM-N failed to return from the second July 1944 attack on the huge St.Leu d'Esserent V1 handling and storage facility (night of July 7/8).

P/O Kenneth Boyce's aircraft crashed 2km SW of Aumale. Two of the crew, F/Sgt Alan Nichol and Sgt John Parkinson, managed to evade capture with the help of French helpers.

The other five crew members were killed.


Pilot: P/O Kenneth Arthur Boyce RAF+
F/Eng: Sgt Joseph Fear RAFVR +
Nav: F/Sgt Philip Newbould Smith RAFVR +
W/Op: Sgt John Robert Parkinson RAFVR evd
Air Bomber:
F/Sgt Alan Nichol RAF evd
M/U: Sgt Albert Laurie Sayers RAFVR +
R/G: F/Sgt Allan Cameron Sutherland RCAF +

After five days the Germans allowed a local man to remove the bodies for burial in Haudricourt Communal Cemetery.

John Parkinson was among Association members present when the memorial to the crew was unveiled on 10th July 1999 close to where his aircraft fell.

Earlier, much of the village was present at a service to commemorate the crew - and all who gave their lives - followed by a wreath laying at the cemetery.

Google Maps: Haudricourt

photo source: Phelps

page last updated 18 Nov 17