Born: 22nd November 1914, Ipswich.

Died: 14th September 1942; age: 27; killed in an aircraft crashed on Drigmorn Hill.


Rank: Sergeant/Wireless Operator/Air Gunner; Service Number: 1310500.

Regiment: Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve, 1653 Air Construction Squadron.


Grave Reference:


Ipswich Old Cemetery,



Relatives Notified & Address: Son of Percy Crisp Boar & Ada Maud Boar, of Ipswich; husband of Kathy May Boar, of Ealing, Middlesex.


Father: Percy Crisp Boar, born July 1886, Ipswich. A Foreman – Brewery Company.

Mother: Ada Maud Boar (nee Hadgraft), born 1882, Ipswich.


In 1938, Ipswich, Geoffrey married Kathy May Anguish, born September 1917. They had 1 daughter.



Geoffrey, an Insurance Agent was living at Lynn Vale, Queen Edith’s Way, Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, with Kathy and their daughter.


14th September 1942


Aircraft: Liberator Mk II; Serial number: AL624; Based at R.A.F. Burn, Yorkshire. The aircraft took off at 11:00hrs with three other Liberators to carry out a cross country navigation exercise. Communication with the aircraft was lost. The wreck was later found by a shepherd om Drigmorn Hill. It was thought due to cloud cover AL624 had flown into the mountain.

An R.A.F. investigation concluded that the aircraft had first struck the hill with its port wing at cruising speed, slewed round and broken up before catching fire.


Ivan Harold Betts; Pilot Officer/Pilot; age 31; R.A.F.V.R.

Derek Eaton Warner; Sergeant/Co-Pilot; age 20; R.A.F.V.R.

John Churley Freestone; Sergeant/Observer; age 29; R.A.F.V.R.

George Douglas Calder; Sergeant/Wireless Operator/Air Gunner; age 24; R.A.A.F.

Victor Frederick Talley; Sergeant/Air Gunner; age 19; R.A.F.V.R.

John Edwin Charles Averell Steele-Nicholson; Sergeant/Air Gunner; age 20; R.A.F.V.R.

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