Capt James Wentworth Boyden

Capt James Wentworth Boyden

Birth
Daytona Beach, Volusia County, Florida, USA
Death 14 Feb 1944 (aged 22)
Rabaul, East New Britain, Papua New Guinea
Burial Manila, Capital District, National Capital Region, Philippines
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Memorial ID 56754537 · View Source
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29MAR2017
Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency

Marine Corps Reserve Capt. James W. Boyden, missing from World War II, has now been identified.

On Feb. 14, 1944, Boyden was a member of the Marine Torpedo Bombing Squadron 233, 1st Marine Aircraft Wing, Fleet Marine Force, as the pilot of a Grumann torpedo bomber on an experimental mission to destroy enemy shipping in Simpson Harbor, New Britain. The mission included 26 bombers deploying aircraft-borne mines to disrupt the flow of men and material to the sprawling Japanese base at Rabaul. Boyden's plane took off at 2:30 in the morning as part of the last wave of attacking torpedo bombers. Once over the harbor, the American aircraft encountered intense anti-aircraft fire and sustained heavy losses. At the end of the battle, six bombers and their 18 crewman failed to return from their mission, including Boyden.

On Feb. 15, 1945, War Department officials declared Boyden deceased. The American Battle Monuments Commission memorialized Boyden and the other missing crewmen by inscribing their names on the Walls of the Missing, Manila American Cemetery and Memorial.

In 2016, personnel from DPAA conducted an excavation of a possible crash site and sent the remains to the DPAA laboratory for analysis.

Laboratory analysis and circumstantial evidence were used in the identification of his remains.

Interment services are pending.


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Gravesite Details Entered the service from California.

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  • Created by: CWGC/ABMC
  • Added: 8 Aug 2010
  • Find A Grave Memorial 56754537
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Capt James Wentworth Boyden (18 Mar 1921–14 Feb 1944), Find A Grave Memorial no. 56754537, citing Manila American Cemetery and Memorial, Manila, Capital District, National Capital Region, Philippines ; Maintained by CWGC/ABMC (contributor 6) .