Piggy Boyle

Tribute page: WW2 SAAF pilot  Piggy Boyle

Hi and welcome to this site!

Thanks to Brendan Boyle who kindly allowed me to scan his father's war scrap book/photograph album. Thanks also to the SAAF museum Ysterplaat allowing me to copy Piggy's log book.

 It is an honour for me to do this tribute page to one of the SAAF's most famous WW2  ace fighter pilots. 

Brian John Lister "Piggy" Boyle joined the Air Force as a Military College cadet in 1936. He was trained as a pilot and attended several Air Schools before he was sent to East Africa with 1 Squadron at the outbreak of the war in in 1940

During the campaign in East Africa Piggy had a very active tour and was involved in many air- and ground engagements with the Italian forces. It was here where Piggy shot down several enemy aircraft to become one of the first aces of the SAAF.  He was also the very first SAAF fighter pilot to be awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross. In this campaign Piggy flew Gladiator and Hurricane aircraft shooting down 5 1/2 enemy aircraft.

On his return to South Africa Piggy was involved with pilot- and instructors training at several Air Schools.

Piggy was sent north for a second operational tour in 1944 where he joined No. 4 Fighter squadron in Italy. He was duly promoted to the Commanding Officer of this unit. Here they flew operations with Spitfires in mainly bomber escorts, dive bombing and ground strafing sorties.

He was subsequently promoted to Lt. Col. and appointed in a command unit for  fighter/bomber operations in Italy until his tour expired in 1945.

After the war Piggy had a successful career in the SAAF as he was promoted to Brigadier and was in charge of pilot training of the SAAF. He also served as staff officer in the Maritime Command, Cape Town.

Piggy passed away in 1993.

This is a living web site. Any input and/or participation will be much appreciated regarding additional information, correctness, information from relatives of members who served with Piggy, photographs, stories etc. Please e-mail me. 

If you perhaps have a family member who served as a SAAF fighter pilot during WW2 and you would want to find out more about his war service please contact me, hopefully I can be of some help.

Tinus le Roux

Aug 2017

Military Career

See a detailed account of Piggy's military career HERE written by Michael Schoeman.




At School in Selborn College, East London.

First Solo flight while at the Military  College in Pretoria

Photo supposedly soon after receiving wings

In East Africa with hisGladiator fighter.

Piggy posing with infantry helmet beside his Gladiator: East Africa

Married to Patricia Slaven 6/9/1941

Piggy with good friend Geoff Krummeck

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