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John David Boyle

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John David Boyle (1884-1974), Airship Captain

'Jack' Boyle was the fourth son of the 7th Earl of Glasgow and at four years old he moved to New Zealand, when his father was appointed Governor. His early schooling was in New Zealand, but he then returned to England to enter Winchester.

His brother, Alan Boyle, built the first monoplane in Britain and set a number of distance records on it.

'Jack' gained Royal Aero Club Certificate No 358 on 12 November 1912, having completed his training on a Bristol Boxkite at Brooklands. Prior to this he had held Aeronauts' Certificate No 34 and had also qualified as an Airship Pilot (Certificate No 19).

His eldest son was killed during the crossing of the Rhine in 1945, whilst his younger soon, Sqn Ldr Peter Boyle, was killed in an air crash in 1959. He retired at his own request

1.12.1926. Hon. J. D. Boyle, C.B.E., D.S.O., to Station H.Q., Worthy Down, to Command,

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