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Sgt Noel Francis Boxwell

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Sgt Noel Francis Boxwell

Birth
County Dublin, Ireland
Death
21 Aug 1942 (aged 19)
Chipping Norton, West Oxfordshire District, Oxfordshire, England
Burial
Dublin, County Dublin, Ireland
Memorial ID
88000802 View Source

553845 Sergeant Noel Francis Boxwell
Wireless Operator/Air Gunner
The Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve

aged 19
Son of Ambrose Harvey Boxwell and Margaret (née Carmichael) Boxwell, of Dublin, who were married in Dublin in 1919.


Death Notice.
Published in The Irish Times, Saturday 5 September 1942, page 11.

BOXWELL - August 21, 1942, Killed in an air accident, England, Noel Francis, Sergt, R.A.F., aged 19, second son of
Mr. and Mrs. A.H. Boxwell, Strangford Gardens, Dublin.


On 21 Aug 1942 two aircraft, a Vickers Wellington bomber (on a crew night training exercise from No.15 Operational Training Unit based at RAF Harwell) and an Airspeed Oxford trainer (on a pilot training flight from No.6 Advanced Flying Unit based at RAF Little Rissington), collided in mid-air near Chipping Norton in Oxfordshire. Both aircraft were destroyed in the accident; and the two airmen on the Oxford and the six airmen on the Wellington all perished.

Division: No.6 Advanced Flying Unit [RAF Little Rissington]
The crew aboard the Oxford Airspeed Mark 11 serial No T1339 that night were:
Sergeant Stanley Edmund Downs RAF VR
and
Sergeant John MacDonald Rankin RAAF.

Division: No.15 Operational Training Unit [RAF Harwell]
The crew aboard Wellington T2557 were:
Pilots
Pilot Officer Alan MacDonald Henderson RAF VR.
Pilot Officer Albert Wyndham Stilwell RAF VR.
Wireless Operators/Air Gunners.
Sergeant Malcolm Stevenson Haynes RAF VR.
Sergeant Noel Francis Boxwell RAF VR.
Air Gunner.
Sergeant Frank Gillard RAF VR,
Observer.
Sergeant Patrick O’Brien RAF VR


From their ages, it would appear that,
Henderson, the Pilot, and Haynes, the Wireless Operator, were providing training to their colleagues Stilwell and Boxwell.
O'Brien was probably giving gunnery instruction to Boxwell and Gillard.



Noel Boxwell's name is recorded on the following War Memorials.

The High School War Memorial,
formerly at Harcourt Street, Dublin, now re-located at Rathgar, Dublin 6.
Ferns Cathedral War Memorial,
Ferns, Co. Wexford.
St. Canice's Cathedral, Kilkenny, Co. Kilkenny.
Grangegorman Memorial
in Grangegorman Military Cemetery, Dublin.
Drumcondra Parish Church, Dublin.
North Strand Parish Church, Dublin.





553845 Sergeant Noel Francis Boxwell
Wireless Operator/Air Gunner
The Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve

aged 19
Son of Ambrose Harvey Boxwell and Margaret (née Carmichael) Boxwell, of Dublin, who were married in Dublin in 1919.


Death Notice.
Published in The Irish Times, Saturday 5 September 1942, page 11.

BOXWELL - August 21, 1942, Killed in an air accident, England, Noel Francis, Sergt, R.A.F., aged 19, second son of
Mr. and Mrs. A.H. Boxwell, Strangford Gardens, Dublin.


On 21 Aug 1942 two aircraft, a Vickers Wellington bomber (on a crew night training exercise from No.15 Operational Training Unit based at RAF Harwell) and an Airspeed Oxford trainer (on a pilot training flight from No.6 Advanced Flying Unit based at RAF Little Rissington), collided in mid-air near Chipping Norton in Oxfordshire. Both aircraft were destroyed in the accident; and the two airmen on the Oxford and the six airmen on the Wellington all perished.

Division: No.6 Advanced Flying Unit [RAF Little Rissington]
The crew aboard the Oxford Airspeed Mark 11 serial No T1339 that night were:
Sergeant Stanley Edmund Downs RAF VR
and
Sergeant John MacDonald Rankin RAAF.

Division: No.15 Operational Training Unit [RAF Harwell]
The crew aboard Wellington T2557 were:
Pilots
Pilot Officer Alan MacDonald Henderson RAF VR.
Pilot Officer Albert Wyndham Stilwell RAF VR.
Wireless Operators/Air Gunners.
Sergeant Malcolm Stevenson Haynes RAF VR.
Sergeant Noel Francis Boxwell RAF VR.
Air Gunner.
Sergeant Frank Gillard RAF VR,
Observer.
Sergeant Patrick O’Brien RAF VR


From their ages, it would appear that,
Henderson, the Pilot, and Haynes, the Wireless Operator, were providing training to their colleagues Stilwell and Boxwell.
O'Brien was probably giving gunnery instruction to Boxwell and Gillard.



Noel Boxwell's name is recorded on the following War Memorials.

The High School War Memorial,
formerly at Harcourt Street, Dublin, now re-located at Rathgar, Dublin 6.
Ferns Cathedral War Memorial,
Ferns, Co. Wexford.
St. Canice's Cathedral, Kilkenny, Co. Kilkenny.
Grangegorman Memorial
in Grangegorman Military Cemetery, Dublin.
Drumcondra Parish Church, Dublin.
North Strand Parish Church, Dublin.





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  • Created by: John
  • Added: 3 Apr 2012
  • Find a Grave Memorial ID: 88000802
  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/88000802/noel-francis-boxwell: accessed ), memorial page for Sgt Noel Francis Boxwell (19 Dec 1922–21 Aug 1942), Find a Grave Memorial ID 88000802, citing St. George's Church Cemetery, Dublin, County Dublin, Ireland; Maintained by John (contributor 47032041) .