CREW MEMBER PROFILE

Surname:

BOULLIER

First Name/s:

Stanley Thomas "Tom or Paddy"

Service No/s:

1498671 128861

Service:

RAFVR

Branch:

Pilot

Awards:

1939-45 Star, France and Germany Star, Defence Medal, 1939-45 War Medal

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SERVICE RECORDS

Date

Event

Aircraft Flown

03 May 1941

Enlisted at No.3 Recruiting Centre, Padgate as AC2.

04 May 1941

Transferred to the Reserve

05 May 1941

No.5 Air Crew Selection Board - Recommended for training as pilot/observer

25 Oct 1941

No.1 Air Crew Reception Centre, St. John's Wood, London

01 Nov 1941

Remustered as u/t pilot and promoted to Leading Aircraftman

08 Nov 1941

Air Crew Disposal Wing, Brighton

22 Nov 1941

No.21 Elementary Flying Training School, Booker, High Wycombe - for assessment

Tiger Moth

28 Dec 1941

Embarked UK (Precise date, port and ship tbc)

06 Jan 1942

Disembarked Halifax, NS

06 Jan 1942

No.31 Personnel Depot, Moncton, NB.

19 Jan 1942

Departed Moncton, NB by train to Montgomery, Alabama, USA to commence pilot training under the Arnold Scheme

24 Jan 1942

RAF Reception Centre, Turner Field, Albany, GA

22 Feb 1942

Primary Flying Training School, Tuscaloosa, AL

PT-17 Stearman (tbc)

30 Apr 1942

Basic Flying Training School, Gunter Field, Montgomery, AL

BT-13 Valiant (tbc)

03 Jul 1942

Advanced Flying Training School, Craig Field, Sale, AL. Class 42H

AT-17 Bobcat (tbc)

04 Sep 1942

Discharged on appointment to commission.

05 Sep 1942

Awarded both RAF and USAAF Pilot's Flying Badges and commissioned as Pilot Officer on probation (emergency) from the rank of LAC (London Gazette 10 Nov 42, p4869)

06 Sep 1942

Became a flying instructor in the US under the Arnold Scheme. (Precise date and unit(s) tbc).

tbc

28 Dec 1942

Awarded 1st Good Conduct Badge

05 Apr 1943

Promoted to Flying Officer (war substantive) (London Gazette 16 Apr 43, p1748)

12 Jul 1943

Embarked USA/Canada (vessel, port and precise date tbc)

20 Jul 1943

Disembarked UK (port and precise date tbc)

21 Jul 1943

No.7 Personnel Reception Centre, Harrogate (supernumery)

31 Aug 1943

No.11 & 21 (Pilots) Advanced Flying Unit, Wheaton Aston, Staffs

Oxford

14 Dec 1943

No.1 Ferry Pool, Air Transport Auxiliary, White Waltham; probably as an instructor (tbc)

tbc

28 Apr 1944

No.30 Operational Training Unit, Hixon. Boullier crew formed.

Wellington

31 May 1944

Accident in Wellington III BJ597 'O' -
The aircraft took off from Hixon at 2315 on 30 May for a 'Nickel' (pamphlet dropping) operation on Cherbourg. At 15,000ft and approximately 10 miles West of Cherbourg, the starboard engine caught fire. The aircraft turned back towards England and distress calls were broadcast, however none were acknowledged. Eventually the aircraft crossed the South coast at 8,000ft, continuing to seek assistance. The weather conditions were far from ideal and at 0145 hrs, now down to 4,000 ft and with a thick blanket of cloud beneath, the Boullier ordered the crew to abandon the aircraft. The Wellington crashed close to Bulkington, some 4 miles South-West of Devizes, Wiltshire. A later medical report states that the aircraft 'spun in' from 18,000ft, but this is unlikely.

Wellington III

05 Sep 1944

Promoted to Flight Lieutenant (war substantive) (London Gazette 22 Sep 44, p4385)

10 Sep 1944

No.11/71 Base, Lindholme, for HCU

10 Sep 1944

No.1656 Heavy Conversion Unit, Lindholme. Flight Engineer Barclay and WOp Ashley join the crew.

Halifax & Lancaster

29 Oct 1944

During a cross-country training flight in Halifax 'X', a fire broke out in the aircraft and the mission was abandoned. No injuries reported.

Halifax

15 Nov 1944

Accident in Lancaster LM175. Whilst taxying out, the aircraft was hit by Halifax W7860 which had swung out of control on take-off. Ashley's (WOp) logbook simply states, 'Another a/c pranged us while it was taking off'.

Lancaster

22 Nov 1944

No.576 Squadron, 'B' Flight, Fiskerton.

Lancaster

02 Feb 1945

Accident in Lancaster PD312, UL-R2. The Lancaster experienced a mid air collision with another aircraft near Strasbourg. The aircraft was eventually abandoned over Beauvais, and all the crew safely landed behind Allied lines, Full story below.

Lancaster

06 Feb 1945

Briefly attached to the 451st Bomb Squadron, USAAF, at Beauvais/Tille airfield. Returned to 576 Squadron by Dakota for non-operational flying.

Lancaster

06 Mar 1945

No.15 Base, Scampton; non-effective sick.

20 Mar 1945

Left 576 Squadron. It is reported that Flt Lt Boullier flew some training flights and one more operation on his return to the UK, but there is no record of either in the Squadron ORB.

23 Apr 1945

Air Crew Disposal Unit, Keresley Grange, Coventry

14 May 1945

No.1 Personnel Holding Unit, Innsworth, Gloucester (supernumery)

11 Jun 1945

Transferred to the Admin and Special Duties Branch (London Gazette 26 Jun 45, p3118.

21 Jun 1945

Headquarters Transport Command (Location tbc) - supernumery Administration Officer

30 Jul 1945

HQ No.216 Group, RAF Central Mediterranean Force, Castel Benito, Tripoli, Libya. (supernumery)

15 Jul 1946

No.104 Personnel Disposal Centre, Hednesford., for disposal.

26 Jul 1946

Formal release from Service

20 Oct 1946

Final day of Service

01 Jul 1959

Commission relinquished, retaining the rank of Flight Lieutenant (London Gazette 28 Jul 59,).

576 Squadron FLYING RECORDS

Date

Aircraft

Code

Flight Details

T/O

Land

Flt Time

Crew

PD312

UL-R2

LUDWIGSHAFEN

1610

2305

6h55

P1    S.T. Boullier
P2   
FE   Sgt D. Barclay
AB   Fg Off P.J. Smith
NAV  Sgt J. McVey
WOp  Sgt E. Ashley
MUG  Sgt R.E. Laverty RCAF
RG   Sgt F.V. Stanton RCAF

NOTES:

Target: Marshalling yards, factories and troop positions. Load: 1x 4000lb 'cookie', 1620x 4lb incendiaries.

07 Dec 1944

PD271

*UL-T2

Training

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5h00

P1   Flt Lt S.T. Boullier
P2   
FE   Sgt D. Barclay
AB   Fg Off P.J. Smith
NAV  Sgt J. McVey
WOp  Sgt E. Ashley
MUG  Sgt R.E. Laverty RCAF
RG   Sgt F.V. Stanton RCAF

NOTES:

Pre-operational cross-country navigation exercise.

08 Dec 1944

PD309

UL-W2

Training

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4h10

P1   Flt Lt S.T. Boullier
P2   
FE   Sgt D. Barclay
AB   Fg Off P.J. Smith
NAV  Sgt J. McVey
WOp  Sgt E. Ashley
MUG  Sgt R.E. Laverty RCAF
RG   Sgt F.V. Stanton RCAF

NOTES:

Cross-country navigation exercise and practice bombing.

11 Dec 1944

PD232

UL-O2

Training

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1h30

P1   Flt Lt S.T. Boullier
P2   
FE   Sgt D. Barclay
AB   Fg Off P.J. Smith
NAV  Sgt J. McVey
WOp  Sgt E. Ashley
MUG  Sgt R.E. Laverty RCAF
RG   Sgt F.V. Stanton RCAF

NOTES:

High-level practice bombing and air-to-sea firing.

12 Dec 1944

PD309

UL-W2

ESSEN

1615

2135

5h20

P1   Flt Lt H. Leyton-Brown
P2   Flt Lt S.T. Boullier
FE   Sgt R.A. Hawkins
AB   Flt Sgt G. Paterson
NAV  Sgt L. Peters
WOp  Sgt E. Johnson
MUG  Sgt J.P. McMullen
RG   Sgt G. Lester

NOTES:

Target: Krupps munitions factory and rail centre at 5125.5N 00701E. Load: 1x 4000lb 'cookie', 16x 500lb bombs. 'Second Dickie' trip for Flt Lt Boullier

17 Dec 1944

NG273

UL-Y2

ULM

1530

2300

7h30

P1   Flt Lt S.T. Boullier
P2   
FE   Sgt D. Barclay
AB   Fg Off P.J. Smith
NAV  Sgt J. McVey
WOp  Sgt E. Ashley
MUG  Sgt R.E. Laverty RCAF
RG   Sgt F.V. Stanton RCAF

NOTES:

Target: Marshalling yards and the Magirius-Deutz & Kassbohrer lorry factories. Load: 1x 4000lb 'cookie', 1604x 4lb incendiaries.

22 Dec 1944

NG273

UL-Y2

KOBLENZ

1525

2100

5h35

P1   Flt Lt S.T. Boullier
P2   
FE   Sgt D. Barclay
AB   Fg Off P.J. Smith
NAV  Sgt J. McVey
WOp  Sgt E. Ashley
MUG  Sgt R.E. Laverty RCAF
RG   Sgt F.V. Stanton RCAF

NOTES:

Target: Marshalling yards. Load: 13x 1000lb bombs. Lost an engine and diverted to Manston on 3. Most other Squadron aircraft diverted to Charterhall.

24 Dec 1944

NG273

UL-Y2

Manston to Fiskerton

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0h55

P1   Flt Lt S.T. Boullier
P2   
FE   Sgt D. Barclay
AB   Fg Off P.J. Smith
NAV  Sgt J. McVey
WOp  Sgt E. Ashley
MUG  Sgt R.E. Laverty RCAF
RG   Sgt F.V. Stanton RCAF

NOTES:

Return from diversion but diverted to Ludford Magna due to weather at base. The crew were then taken to Fiskerton by road.

28 Dec 1944

NF976

UL-Z2

BONN

1540

2120

5h40

P1   Flt Lt S.T. Boullier
P2   
FE   Sgt D. Barclay
AB   Fg Off P.J. Smith
NAV  Sgt J. McVey
WOp  Sgt E. Ashley
MUG  Sgt R.E. Laverty RCAF
RG   Sgt F.V. Stanton RCAF

NOTES:

Target: Marshalling yards. Load: 1x 4000lb 'cookie', 6x 1000lb, 8x 500lb bombs

31 Dec 1944

PD271

*UL-T2

OSTERFELD

1505

2105

6h00

P1   Flt Lt S.T. Boullier
P2   
FE   Sgt D. Barclay
AB   Fg Off P.J. Smith
NAV  Sgt J. McVey
WOp  Sgt E. Ashley
MUG  Sgt R.E. Laverty RCAF
RG   Sgt F.V. Stanton RCAF

NOTES:

Target: Marshalling yards. Load: 1x 4000lb 'cookie', 6x 1000lb, 6x 500lb bombs.

05 Jan 1945

PB753

UL-X2

ROYAN

0225

0915

6h50

P1   Flt Lt S.T. Boullier
P2   
FE   Sgt D. Barclay
AB   Fg Off P.J. Smith
NAV  Sgt J. McVey
WOp  Sgt E. Ashley
MUG  Sgt R.E. Laverty RCAF
RG   Sgt F.V. Stanton RCAF

NOTES:

Enemy garrison and supply depot (flown in support of the Free French forces besieging the town). Load: 1x 4000lb 'cookie', 16x 500lb bombs.

07 Jan 1945

PD271

*UL-T2

MUNICH

1835

0255

8h20

P1   Flt Lt S.T. Boullier
P2   
FE   Sgt D. Barclay
AB   Fg Off P.J. Smith
NAV  Sgt J. McVey
WOp  Sgt E. Ashley
MUG  Sgt R.E. Laverty RCAF
RG   Fg Off M.A. Frost

NOTES:

Target: Industrial and transport area. Load: 1x 4000lb 'cookie', 1320x 4lb incendiaries. Fg Off M A Frost replaced Sgt Stanton for this operation; reason not known.

28 Jan 1945

PB753

UL-X2

Training

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2h25

P1   Flt Lt S.T. Boullier
P2   
FE   Sgt D. Barclay
AB   Fg Off P.J. Smith
NAV  Sgt J. McVey
WOp  Sgt E. Ashley
MUG  Sgt R.E. Laverty RCAF
RG   Sgt F.V. Stanton RCAF

NOTES:

'Y' (H2S) simulated bombing attacks against York, and air-to-air firing.

01 Feb 1945

ME671

UL-V2

MERSEBURG / LEUNA

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0h00

P1   Flt Lt S.T. Boullier
P2   
FE   Sgt D. Barclay
AB   Fg Off P.J. Smith
NAV  Sgt J. McVey
WOp  Sgt E. Ashley
MUG  Sgt R.E. Laverty RCAF
RG   Sgt F.V. Stanton RCAF

NOTES:

Target: IG Farbenindustrie synthetic oil refinery. Load: 1x 4000lb 'cookie', 12x 500lb bombs. Did not take off due to the aircraft becoming bogged down in mud when taxying from dispersal.

02 Feb 1945

PD312

UL-R2

WIESBADEN

2045

FTR

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P1   Flt Lt S.T. Boullier
P2   
FE   Sgt D. Barclay
AB   Fg Off P.J. Smith
NAV  Sgt J. McVey
WOp  Sgt E. Ashley
MUG  Sgt R.E. Laverty RCAF
RG   Sgt F.V. Stanton RCAF

NOTES:

Target: Built-up area, where large numbers of troops were resting. Load 1x 4000lb 'cookie', 1604x 4lb incendiaries. A serious port outer engine fire occurred on the return flight when approximately overhead Strasbourg. There were later reports of a mid-air collision, but these have not been substantiated. Boullier dived the aircraft in an attempt to extinguish the fire as he was unable to feather the affected engine and did not use the Graviner. He managed to maintain some level of control but, on approaching the Beauvais area, the starboard outer also partially failed and the aircraft yawed to starboard. The Captain ordered the crew to prepare to abandon the aircraft and at position 4950N 00200E, he ordered his crew to bail out. With difficulty he also baled out, and all landed safely behind Allied lines. Barclay suffered a slight strain to his back on landing, otherwise the crew were all unhurt. They returned to Fiskerton six days later, by air, on 08 Feb 45.

PERSONAL INFORMATION

Details

Stanley Thomas Boullier (known as 'Tom' by his family, and 'Paddy' by his crew), was born on 29 Apr 1920 in Cloughjordan, Co. Tipperary, Ireland, son of the Rev. John Amiable Boullier and Margaret Hester Attridge. He had four brothers; Philip John, John Attridge, Philip Samuel and William Robert.

Just prior to enlistment he was a student at Queen's University, Belfast and learnt to fly at the University Air Squadron. He was a double member of the Caterpillar Club having abandoned aircraft by parachute on two occasions whilst serving with the RAF.

On 16 Mar 1944 Tom married Lilian Good at Wesley Centenary Church, Bangor, N Ireland. They had three children, Kathleen Norma b.1945, Kenneth John b.1951 and Jane Christine b.1954.

Following the war, Tom became head of industrial relations at John Laing Construction Ltd.

He passed away on 13 Oct 1995, aged 75.

Ken Boullier

PHOTOS & DOCUMENTS

Details

Boullier's dogtags whilst serving as an airman undergoing training

Boullier Family

Tom Boullier was awarded both RAF and USAAF wings on his graduation

Boullier Family

Commissioning photograph

Boullier Family

Graduation Certificate; Craig Field, Selma, AL, 05 September 1942

Boullier Family

Tom and Lillian's Wedding - 16 March 1944

Boullier Family

Ripcord, handle, and part of Tom's parachute from his Wellington bale-out, 31 May 1944. The parachute was used to create the family Christening robe.

Boullier Family

'K' Report on the downing of PD312 - 02 Feb 1945

National Archives

Tom Boullier's Caterpillar Club tie and brooch

Boullier Family

Tom Boullier's 1939-45 Star, France & Germany Star, Defence Medal and 1939-45 War Meda

Boullier Family

Tom Boullier's silk scarf made from the parachute of his first (Wellington) bale-out. He wore it on every operation on 576 Squadron.

Boullier Family