Biography

Birth date: 17 May 1916
Birth place: Australia: Victoria, Melbourne
Death date: 28 March 1943
Death place: Australia: Western Australia, Exmouth Gulf
Final rank: Squadron Leader
Service number: 400213 - Second World War, 1939-1945
Units:
  • Royal Australian Air Force
  • No. 76 Squadron
  • No. 452 Squadron

Bluey Truscott became one of Australia's best-known flying aces of the Second World War. Born on 17 May 1916 at Prahran, Melbourne, he proved to be both a good student and keen sportsman, playing Australian Rules for Melbourne's premiership team in 1939.

Already famous as a footballer, Truscott enlisted in the RAAF on 21 July 1940 amidst considerable publicity. Despite his sporting reputation, Truscott was not a natural pilot and almost failed his course. His position as something of a public figure afforded Truscott a chance to continue flying and he eventually earned his wings despite becoming known for his poor landings.

He was sent to Canada under the Empire Air Training Scheme, was commissioned in February 1941, and then ordered to England, where he joined No. 452 Squadron as a foundation member on 5 May. Flying a Spitfire, he scored his first victory in August. Thereafter, his score began a gradual rise. After three months of war flying, he had destroyed at least 11 German aircraft, was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross, and made a flight commander. In January 1942 he was made acting squadron leader before being posted back to Australia in March. Late that month he was awarded a bar to his Distinguished Flying Cross. At that point he was the most well-known pilot in the RAAF.

In Australia, Truscott joined No. 76 Squadron in Bankstown. The squadron, flying Kittyhawks, had previously served in Papua. The squadron, including Truscott, redeployed there in July 1942. Before leaving Australia, Truscott played a last game for the Melbourne football club; lacking match fitness, he was unable to keep up with the play and found himself exhausted. He had received a rousing public welcome and kicked a goal, much to the fans' delight, but when he was asked whether he would play again, he replied that it was no longer for him. It was, he said, "too dangerous."

Based at Milne Bay, No. 76 Squadron arrived shortly before the Japanese landings. By August Truscott was in command, the previous leader having been killed in action. Truscott evacuated his aircraft to Port Moresby amidst uncertainty about whether the airfields at Milne Bay could be held. Truscott and his squadron served throughout the Milne Bay battle in constant rain, heavy mist, and low clouds. The mountainous terrain, slippery runways, and heavy anti-aircraft fire added to the danger but Truscott survived and continued to command the squadron when it was transferred to Darwin.

His tally rose to 16 enemy aircraft destroyed along with three probables and three damaged. In February 1943 the squadron moved to a quieter posting in Western Australia. Truscott was on a training flight over the Exmouth Gulf on 28 March when he made a mock attack on a low-flying Catalina. Misjudging his height over the glassy water, Truscott crashed into the sea and was killed.

Rolls and Awards

Roll of Honour

  • Rank: Squadron Leader
  • Date of Death: 28 March 1943
  • Unit: No. 76 Squadron

Honours and Awards : Mention in despatches

  • Unit: Royal Australian Air Force
  • Conflict: Second World War, 1939-1945

Honours and Awards : Bar to Distinguished Flying Cross

  • Unit: No. 452 Squadron
  • Conflict: Second World War, 1939-1945

Honours and Awards : Distinguished Flying Cross

  • Unit: No. 452 Squadron
  • Conflict: Second World War, 1939-1945

Collection Items

Photograph

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Informal portrait of 400213 Squadron Leader (Sqn Ldr) Keith William (Bluey) Truscott (left) and Adjutant of 76 Squadron 03356 Thomas George Janes, shortly after the unsuccessful Japanese attack on Milne Bay. Sqn Ldr Truscott a fighter pilot has recently returned to Australia after serving with 452...

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1942-10-01. NEW GUINEA. MILNE BAY. AUSTRALIAN FIGHTER PILOTS SQUADRON LEADER TRUSCOTT, D.F.C. AND SQUADRON LEADER L. JACKSON AFTER THE UNSUCCESSFUL JAPANESE ATTACK ON MILNE BAY. TRUSCOTT BECAME WELL- KNOWN AS A FIGHTER PILOT IN ENGLAND WHILE JACKSON HAS EARNED A HIGH REPUTATION IN THE MIDDLE EAST.

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American soldiers have become interested in the Australian game of football. Here a few of them meet Squadron Leader (“Bluey”) Truscott, who, on his return to Australia after service with the RAAF captained his old team. Squadron Leader Truscott while abroad was decorated with the D.F.C. and...

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1942-05-20. AMERICAN SOLDIERS HAVE BECOME INTERESTED IN THE AUSTRALIAN GAME OF FOOTBALL. HERE A FEW OF THEM MEET SQUADRON LEADER ("BLUEY") TRUSCOTT, WHO ON HIS RETURN TO AUSTRALIA AFTER SERVICE WITH THE RAAF CAPTAINED HIS OLD TEAM. SQUADRON LEADER TRUSCOTT WHILE ABROAD WAS DECORATED WITH THE D.F.C....

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1942-06-30. RAAF FIGHTER SQUADRON. AUSTRALIAN FIGHTER PILOTS FROM OVERSEAS RETURN TO AUSTRALIA TO STRENGTHEN OUR OPERATIONAL SQUADRONS. AT A FORWARD BASE THREE OF THESE EXPERIENCED PILOTS MEET. THEY ARE (LEFT TO RIGHT) F1/LT. C.N. WAWN, DFC OF MELBOURNE AND EDENHOPE; SQUADRON LEADER. K.W. TRUSCOTT,...

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Squadron Leader Keith ‘Bluey’ William Truscott RAAF, who was awarded a bar to his DFC. His record showed he had destroyed 11 enemy aircraft in combat, probably destroyed three and had damaged a further two. Truscott had served with No. 452 Squadron based in England and No. 76 Squadron in...

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NORTH QUEENSLAND. C. 1942. A29-85 (Y-WURRY) OF NO. 76 SQUADRON RAAF. THE PERSONAL P40 AIRCRAFT OF SQUADRON LEADER TRUSCOTT, DAMAGED NEAR TOWNSVILLE. (D. BRAUND COLLECTION)

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POTSHOT, WA, 1943. TEMPORARY GRAVE SITE OF SQUADRON LEADER BLUEY TRUSCOTT, DFC. POTSHOT WAS LATER RENAMED LEARMONTH. (D. BRAUND COLLECTION)

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NORTH QUEENSLAND. C. 1942. CLOSE UP OF DAMAGE SUSTAINED BY SQUADRON LEADER BLUEY TRUSCOTT'S P40 FIGHTER AIRCRAFT DURING GUNNERY PRACTICE NEAR TOWNSVILLE. (D. BRAUND COLLECTION)

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Portrait of 400213 Squadron Leader Keith William Truscott DFC. Before joining the RAAF, Truscott was a prominent football player in Melbourne, Victoria and as such became a public idol. Despite having problems with his pilot training, his potential quality was recognized and he was commissioned on...

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MILNE BAY, PAPUA. 1942-09. COMMANDING OFFICERS OF FAMOUS RAAF SQUADRONS AT MILNE BAY. LEFT TO RIGHT:- WING-COMMANDER J.R. BALMER, COMMANDING 1ST AUSTRALIAN BEAUFORT TORPEDO-BOMBER SQUADRON; SQUADRON LEADER "BLUEY" K.W. TRUSCOTT, COMMANDING 76 KITTYHAWK FIGHTER SQUADRON; AND SQUADRON LEADER LES...

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MILNE BAY, PAPUA. 1942-09. COMMANDING OFFICERS OF FAMOUS RAAF SQUADRONS. LEFT TO RIGHT:- WING-COMMANDER J.R. BALMER, COMMANDING NO 100 SQUADRON, THE FIRST AUSTRALIAN BEAUFORT TORPEDO-BOMBER SQUADRON TO GO INTO ACTION; SQUADRON LEADER "BLUEY" K.W. TRUSCOTT, COMMANDING NO 76 KITTYHAWK FIGHTER...

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MILNE BAY, PAPUA. 1942-09. SQUADRON LEADER K.W. TRUSCOTT, COMMANDING OFFICER OF 76 SQUADRON RAAF, RETURNS FROM AN OPERATIONAL FLIGHT AND TAXIS UP THE METAL RUNWAY TO THE DISPERSAL BAYS SET IN AMONG THE COCONUT PALMS.

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Milne Bay, Papua. 1942-09. Fellow pilots of 76 Squadron RAAF, lend a hand to push Squadron Leader Truscott's plane back into the dispersal bay, as he steps out of the cockpit.

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MILNE BAY, PAPUA. 1942-09. GROUP OF FIGHTER PILOTS, MAINLY OF NO. 76 SQUADRON RAAF. THE COMMANDING OFFICER OF 76 SQUADRON, SQUADRON LEADER K.W. TRUSCOTT, IS SEEN THIRD FROM THE LEFT, EVIDENTLY UNDER A LITTLE "PERSUASION" FROM TWO OF HIS PILOTS.

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MILNE BAY, PAPUA. 1942-09. GROUP OF FIGHTER PILOTS, MAINLY OF NO. 76 SQUADRON RAAF. SECOND FROM THE LEFT IS SQUADRON LEADER K.W. TRUSCOTT, COMMANDING OFFICER OF 76 FIGHTER SQUADRON.

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MILNE BAY, PAPUA. 1942-09. IN THE LUNCH TENT ON THE "STRIP" AS THE MILNE BAY AIRFIELD IS CALLED. LEFT TO RIGHT:- SQUADRON LEADER LES JACKSON, COMMANDING OFFICER OF NO. 75 FIGHTER SQUADRON RAAF, SQUADRON LEADER K.W. TRUSCOTT, COMMANDING OFFICER OF NO. 76 FIGHTER SQUADRON RAAF. FLYING OFFICER DEAN...

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F/LT K.W. TRUSCOTT (CENTRE) BEING PRESENTED WITH A CHEQUE FOR HIS OWN SPITFIRE. THE MONEY WAS COLLECTED BY RED HEADS OF BRITAIN. F/LT C.N. WAWN IS 1ST LEFT OF PHOTO. (DONOR: C. WAWN).

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MELBOURNE, VIC. 1943-05-22. CERTAIN PERIODS ARE SET ASIDE EACH DAY FOR THE MEMBERS OF THE WOMEN'S SERVICES ATTENDING THE LAND HEADQUARTERS AUSTRALIAN WOMEN'S SERVICES OFFICERS' SCHOOL, TO DISCUSS VARIOUS MATTERS, SUCH AS HYGIENE IN CAMP ETC. THIS PHOTOGRAPH SHOWS DISCUSSION GROUPS IN PROGRESS....

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KARRAKATTA, AUSTRALIA. 1943-04-01. BURIAL OF THE LATE SQUADRON LEADER KEITH TRUSCOTT, DFC AND BAR, AT KARRAKATTA WAR CEMETERY. PHOTOGRAPH SHOWS THE SERVICE IN PROGRESS AT THE GRAVESIDE.

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KARRAKATTA, AUSTRALIA. 1943-04-01. BURIAL OF THE LATE SQUADRON LEADER KEITH TRUSCOTT, DFC AND BAR, AT KARRAKATTA WAR CEMETERY. PHOTOGRAPH SHOWS THE SERVICE IN PROGRESS AT THE GRAVESIDE.

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KARRAKATTA, AUSTRALIA. 1943-04-01. BURIAL OF THE LATE SQUADRON LEADER KEITH TRUSCOTT, DFC AND BAR, AT THE KARRAKATTA WAR CEMETERY. ARMY REPRESENTATIVES PAY THEIR LAST RESPECTS.

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KARRAKATTA, AUSTRALIA. 1943-04-01. THE ARMY DETACHMENT AT THE FUNERAL OF THE LATE SQUADRON LEADER KEITH (BLUEY) TRUSCOTT, DFC AND BAR. IT WILL BE NOTED THAT THEY ARE TROOPS OF THE 9TH AUSTRALIAN DIVISION RECENTLY RETURNED FROM THE MIDDLE EAST.

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KARRAKATTA, AUSTRALIA. 1943-04-01. BURIAL OF THE LATE SQUADRON LEADER KEITH TRUSCOTT, DFC AND BAR, AT THE KARRAKATTA WAR CEMETERY. ARMY REPRESENTATIVES AT THE GRAVESIDE.

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KARRAKATTA, AUSTRALIA. 1943-04-01. BURIAL OF THE LATE SQUADRON LEADER KEITH TRUSCOTT, DFC AND BAR, AT THE KARRAKATTA WAR CEMETERY. ARMY REPRESENTATIVES AT THE GRAVESIDE.

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KARRAKATTA, WA. 1943-04-01. BURIAL OF THE LATE SQUADRON LEADER KEITH TRUSCOTT, DFC AND BAR, AT THE KARRAKATTA WAR CEMETERY. RAAF REPRESENTATIVES FILE PAST THE GRAVE. MARCHING AWAY FROM THE GRAVESIDE IS FLYING OFFICER BARTRAM; FLYING OFFICER CAMERON IS STANDING AT THE SALUTE, BEHIND HIM IS...

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KARRAKATTA, WA. 1943-04-01. BURIAL OF THE LATE SQUADRON LEADER KEITH TRUSCOTT, DFC AND BAR, AT THE KARRAKATTA WAR CEMETERY. RAAF REPRESENTATIVES FILE PAST THE GRAVE.

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KARRAKATTA, AUSTRALIA. 1943-04-01. BURIAL OF THE LATE SQUADRON LEADER KEITH TRUSCOTT, DFC AND BAR, AT THE KARRAKATTA WAR CEMETERY. FELLOW AIRMEN PAY THEIR LAST RESPECTS. SECOND FROM THE RIGHT IS FLIGHT-LIEUTENANT WILKINSON, AND BEHIND HIM SQUADRON LEADER DE LAETER. TRUSCOTT'S CAP AND CEREMONIAL...

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KARRAKATTA, AUSTRALIA. 1943-04-01. BURIAL OF THE LATE SQUADRON LEADER KEITH TRUSCOTT, DFC AND BAR, AT THE KARRAKATTA WAR CEMETERY. SCENE AT THE GRAVE-SIDE AS FELLOW AIRMEN PAY THEIR LAST RESPECTS. TRUSCOTT'S CAP AND CEREMONIAL SWORD IN THE FOREGROUND.

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KARRAKATTA, AUSTRALIA. 1943-04-01. BURIAL OF THE LATE SQUADRON LEADER KEITH TRUSCOTT, DFC AND BAR, AT THE KARRAKATTA WAR CEMETERY. BEARERS CARRYING THE COFFIN TO THE GRAVE. LEFT TO RIGHT:- SQUADRON LEADER WHITE; UNIDENTIFIED; SERGEANT SHANOHAN; SQUADRON LEADER BURNS; FLIGHT-SERGEANT R. TAYLOR;...

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PERTH, AUSTRALIA. 1943-04-01. FUNERAL OF THE LATE SQUADRON LEADER KEITH TRUSCOTT, DFC AND BAR, AIR TRAINING CORPS PERSONNEL ENTERING ST. GEORGE'S CATHEDRAL.

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PERTH, AUSTRALIA. 1943-04-01. FUNERAL OF THE LATE SQUADRON LEADER KEITH TRUSCOTT, DFC AND BAR. ARRIVAL OF GUN CARRIAGE BEARING THE COFFIN AT ST. GEORGE'S CATHEDRAL. TRUSCOTT'S CAP AND CEREMONIAL SWORD ARE LYING ON THE COFFIN. THE BEARER PARTY ARE IN TRUCK DRAWING GUN CARRIAGE.

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PERTH, AUSTRALIA. 1943-04-01. FUNERAL OF THE LATE SQUADRON LEADER KEITH TRUSCOTT, DFC AND BAR. BEARING THE COFFIN INTO ST. GEORGE'S CATHEDRAL.

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PERTH, AUSTRALIA. 1943-04-01. FUNERAL OF THE LATE SQUADRON LEADER KEITH TRUSCOTT, DFC AND BAR. WREATHS FROM MELBOURNE FOOTBALL AND CRICKET CLUBS AND FROM OFFICIALS AND PLAYERS.

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PERTH, AUSTRALIA. 1943-04-01. FUNERAL OF THE LATE SQUADRON LEADER KEITH TRUSCOTT, DFC AND BAR. BEARING THE COFFIN FROM ST. GE0RGE'S CATHEDRAL. DEAN MOORE WHO CONDUCTED THE SERVICE IN THE CATHEDRAL IS STANDING ON RIGHT.

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PERTH, AUSTRALIA. 1943-04-01. FUNERAL OF THE LATE SQUADRON LEADER KEITH TRUSCOTT, DFC AND BAR. PLACING COFFIN ON GUN CARRIAGE AFTER A SERVICE IN ST. GEORGE'S CATHEDRAL.

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PERTH, AUSTRALIA. 1943-04-01. FUNERAL OF THE LATE SQUADRON LEADER KEITH TRUSCOTT, DFC AND BAR. THE COFFIN LEAVING ST. GEORGE'S CATHEDRAL AFTER THE SERVICE FOR KARRAKATTA WAR CEMETERY. THE BEARER PARTY ARE SEATED IN THE TRUCK DRAWING THE GUN CARRIAGE.

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PERTH, AUSTRALIA. 1943-04-01. FUNERAL OF THE LATE SQUADRON LEADER KEITH TRUSCOTT, DFC AND BAR. PLACING COFFIN ON GUN CARRIAGE AFTER A SERVICE IN ST. GEORGE'S CATHEDRAL.

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KARRAKATTA, AUSTRALIA. 1943-04-01. FUNERAL OF THE LATE SQUADRON LEADER KEITH TRUSCOTT, DFC AND BAR. THE CORTEGE ENTERING KARRAKATTA WAR CEMETERY.

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KARRAKATTA, AUSTRALIA. 1943-04-01. FUNERAL OF THE LATE SQUADRON LEADER KEITH TRUSCOTT, DFC AND BAR. THE CORTEGE ENTERING THE KARRAKATTA WAR CEMETERY, LED BY (LEFT) PADRE LE FANU AND WING-COMMANDER MCLEAN.

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KARRAKATTA, AUSTRALIA. 1943-04-01. BURIAL OF THE LATE SQUADRON LEADER KEITH TRUSCOTT, DFC AND BAR, AT KARRAKATTA WAR CEMETERY. ARMY REPRESENTATIVES SALUTING AT THE GRAVESIDE.

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BURIAL OF THE LATE SQUADRON LEADER KEITH TRUSCOTT, DFC AND BAR. SCENE AT THE GRAVESIDE AFTER THE INTERNMENT.

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LAE, NEW GUINEA. 1944-05-24. DENTAL MECHANICS WORKING ON DENTURES IN THE DENTAL CLINIC AT THE 2/7TH GENERAL HOSPITAL. IDENTIFIED PERSONNEL ARE:- SX1693 STAFF-SERGEANT G.L. TRUSCOTT (1); SX30329 PRIVATE H. HARRIS (2); Q270324 STAFF-SERGEANT F.W. SMITH (3).

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Pilots of 452 Squadron RAAF in the dispersal hut at RAF Station Redhill. Identified, left to right, background: Pilot Officer (PO) R H C Sly; Sergeants R H Bevan, W J Wilkinson, J R Ross, J M Morrison. Foreground: Sergeants David F K Downes, K D Bassett; Flight Lieutenant Keith 'Bluey' W...

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PERTH, WA. 1946-09-04. GRAVE OF SQUADRON LEADER KEITH W. (BLUEY) TRUSCOTT DFC AND BAR, IN THE WAR CEMETERY.

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LONDON, ENGLAND, C. 1941. FLIGHT LIEUTENANT 'PADDY' FINUCANE , DSO, DFC, RAF, TALKING TO FLIGHT LIEUTENANT TRUSCOTT, DFC, RAAF, (LEFT) DURING A DINNER GIVEN BY AUSTRALIAN NEWSPAPER MAGNATE SIR KEITH MURDOCH.

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PORTRAIT OF SQUADRON LEADER KEITH 'BLUEY' W. TRUSCOTT DFC, OF NO. 452 SQUADRON RAAF.

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HAND DRAWN MAP OF COASTLINE OF NORTHERN AND WESTERN AUSTRALIA SHOWING PRINCIPAL RAAF RADAR STATIONS: NO. 46 CAPE DON, NO. 60 MELVILLE ISLAND, NO. 38 BATHURST ISLAND, NO. 59 EAST POINT DARWIN, NO. 132 KNUCKEYS LAGOON DARWIN, NO. 61 PERON ISLAND, NO. 39 POINT KEATS, NO 154 TRUSCOTT AIRSTRIP, NO. 317...

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TRUSCOTT AIRSTRIP, WESTERN AUSTRALIA, C.1945. JOE, THE GREEK COOK, OUTSIDE THE MESS BUILDING OF NO. 154 RAAF RADAR STATION. (DONOR: M. FENTON)

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TRUSCOTT AIRSTRIP, WESTERN AUSTRALIA, C.1945. VIEW OF THE MESS BUILDING OF NO. 154 RAAF RADAR STATION. (DONOR: M. FENTON)

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TRUSCOTT AIRSTRIP, WESTERN AUSTRALIA, C.1945. VIEW OF THE MESS BUILDING OF NO. 154 RAAF RADAR STATION. (DONOR: M. FENTON)

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TRUSCOTT AIRSTRIP, WESTERN AUSTRALIA, C.1945. VIEW OF OPERATOR'S SLEEPING TENT AT NO. 154 RAAF RADAR STATION. (DONOR: M. FENTON)

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EXMOUTH GULF, WA, 1943-03-28. SMOKE IN THE DISTANCE FROM THE ACCIDENTAL SMASH OF SQUADRON LEADER TRUSCOTTS KITTYHAWK. SQUADRON LEADER K.T. "BLUEY" TRUSCOTT DFC AND BAR WAS CREDITED WITH SHOOTING DOWN SIXTEEN GERMAN AND JAPANESE AIRCRAFT AND AT THE TIME OF HIS DEATH WAS COMMANDING NO 76 SQUADRON...

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AC0072

MILDURA, VIC, 1942-06-16. FOUR CURTISS P-40 KITTYHAWK FIGHTER AIRCRAFT IN ECHELON RIGHT FORMATION AT NO. 2 (FIGHTER) OPERATIONAL TRAINING UNIT, RAAF. THEY WERE FLOWN BY: FRONT TO REAR, WING COMMANDER PETER JEFFREY, DSO, DFC. FLIGHT LIEUTENANT CLIVE WAWN, DFC. SQUADRON LEADER KEITH TRUSCOTT, DFC AND...

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MILDURA, VIC, 1942-06-16. FOUR CURTISS P-40 KITTYHAWK FIGHTER AIRCRAFT FLYING IN FORMATION AT NO. 2 (FIGHTER) OPERATIONAL TRAINING UNIT, RAAF STATION MILDURA. THEY WERE FLOWN BY: FRONT TO REAR, WING COMMANDER PETER JEFFREY, DSO, DFC. FLIGHT LIEUTENANT CLIVE WAWN, DFC. SQUADRON LEADER KEITH...

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MILDURA, VIC. 1942-06-16. FIVE RAAF PILOTS WHO WON THE DFC. FROM LEFT TO RIGHT, SQUADRON LEADER KEITH "BLUEY" TRUSCOTT OF NO. 452 SQUADRON, SQUADRON LEADER P. JEFFREY OF NO. 3 SQUADRON, FLIGHT LIEUTENANT A.C. RAWLINSON OF NO. 3 SQUADRON, SQUADRON LEADER F. FISCHER OF NO. 3 SQUADRON, AND FLIGHT...

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MILDURA, VIC. 1942-06-16. FIVE RAAF PILOTS WHO WON THE DFC ON THE TARMAC. FROM LEFT TO RIGHT: SQUADRON LEADER F. FISCHER OF NO. 3 SQUADRON RAAF, FLIGHT LIEUTENANT C.W. WAWN OF NO. 452 SQUADRON RAAF, SQUADRON LEADER P. JEFFREY OF NO. 3 SQUADRON, FLIGHT LIEUTENANT A.C. RAWLINSON OF NO. 3 SQUADRON,...

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Informal group photograph of members of 452 Squadron (Spitfire) RAAF c. December 1942. Identified left to right: 400213 Flight Lieutenant (Fl Lt) K.W. Truscott DFC; Fl Lt B.E. ‘Paddy’ Finucane DFC; 402144 Squadron Leader R. E. Thorold-Smith, DFC (KIA). Thorold-Smith was killed in action during...

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BINBROOK, ENGLAND. PILOTS WHO HELPED TO PUT NO. 452 SQUADRON RAAF ON THE MAP. LEFT TO RIGHT: SQUADRON LEADERS 400213 KEITH 'BLUEY' W. TRUSCOTT DFC, COMMANDED 452 SQUADRON 1942; B.E. FINUCANE DSO DFC RAF, 65 SQUADRON RAF AND 452 SQUADRON AND 402144 SQUADRON LEADER R.E. THOROLD-SMITH DFC, COMMANDED...

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CANBERRA, ACT. 1968-10. THE INSTRUMENT PANEL OF THE SUPERMARINE SPITFIRE MARK II-VB AIRCRAFT FLOWN BY THE LATE SQUADRON LEADER K. W. (BLUEY) TRUSCOTT DFC, OF NO. 452 SQUADRON RAAF. OTHERS WHO FLEW THIS PARTICULAR AIRCRAFT INCLUDED WING COMMANDER R. BUNGEY DFC; 402144 SQUADRON LEADER R.E....

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CANBERRA, ACT. 1968-10. THE INSTRUMENT PANEL OF THE SUPERMARINE SPITFIRE MARK II-VB AIRCRAFT FLOWN BY THE LATE SQUADRON LEADER K. W. (BLUEY) TRUSCOTT DFC, OF NO. 452 SQUADRON RAAF. OTHERS WHO FLEW THIS PARTICULAR AIRCRAFT INCLUDED WING COMMANDER R. BUNGEY DFC; 402144 SQUADRON LEADER R.E....

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400213 Squadron Leader (Sqn Ldr) Keith 'Bluey' Truscott (left), 41276 Sqn Ldr Brendan Eamonn Fergus "Paddy" Finucane RAF (centre) and 402144 Sqn Ldr Raymond Edward Thorold-Smith of No 452 Squadron RAAF.

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012734

1942-06-30. RAAF FIGHTER SQUADRON. AUSTRALIAN FIGHTER PILOTS FROM OVERSEAS RETURN TO AUSTRALIA TO STRENGTHEN OUR OPERATIONAL SQUADRONS. AT A FORWARD BASE FOUR OF THESE EXPERIENCED PILOTS MEET. THEY ARE, LEFT TO RIGHT: P/O TAINTON; FL. LT. CLIVE WAWN DFC. SQUADRON LEADER KEITH TRUSCOTT DFC & BAR;...

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P01405.011

GROUP PORTRAIT OF NO. 4 INITIAL TRAINING SCHOOL, RAAF, COURSE NO. 20, "B" SQUADRON, FLIGHT 8. BACK ROW: C. V. TYSOE, H. G. TURNER, G. N. WILLIAMS, P. F. WALLACE, B. R. J. STUBBS, D. S. WHITESIDE, F. B. SHAW, J. RUBY, R. E. TYLER, V. T. SKEHILL; PROBABLY 409613 WARRANT OFFICER JOHN DAVID TAMLYN...

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Film

1. RAAF strafe enemy ships. 2. Major-General Bennett speaks. 3. What of Japan ? (Fox Movietone News Vol. 13 No. 13)

Extracts from Fox Movietone Vol. 13 No. 13. 1. (1 min 36 sec) Flight Lieutenant Truscott and other RAAF pilots in Spitfire aircraft strafe enemy shipping. 2. Major-General Bennett urges offensive spirit in all. 3. (3 min 25 sec) Lawrence Impey, for 20 years 'Daily Mail' war correspondent in the...

F00336

1. Governor Sir Leslie Wilson with US troops 2. Melbourne's famous airmen come home 3. Beauforts at action stations ready to strike (Fox Movietone News Vol. 13 No. 23)

Extracts from Vol. 13 No. 23 Fox Movietone News 1. (1 min 30 sec) NSW Governor Sir Leslie Wilson with US troops 2. (1 min 23 sec) Keith (Bluey) Truscott and Warne return to Melbourne, Truscott goes onto football field before huge crowd 3. (1 min 8 sec) Beaufort aircraft bombing up, arming, taking...

F00346

Dilli evacuees and Drakeford

Mr Arthur S Drakeford the Minister for Air and Civil Aviation visits air force stations in the Northern area and meets Squadron Leader Bluey Truscott and Squadron Leader Dick Creswell. Also four shots of evacuees from Dilli: Adimarr Rodsiques Der Snatos, Ida Laura Pati D'Almaida Santos, Josi...

F01791

Milne Bay

Milne Bay, New Guinea, 20 September 1942. Major-General C.A. Clowes, DSO, MC, GOC Milne Force, Squadron-Leaders K.W. Truscott, DFC, and L.D. Jackson are shown in this film, together with shots of captured Japanese equipment, climate and terrain conditions; the capsized M. Anshun; Kittyhawks of 75...

F01216

1. Vale - Truscott 2. Yanks and Aussies in rodeo rough-house 3. British Army technical units here to assist 4. US Army review - the Marines on Guadalcanal. (News From Home. No. 31)

1. (59 sec) Funeral of Squadron Leader "Bluey" Truscott 2. (1 min 32 sec) Brisbane, Queensland. Australians and Americans participate in a combined rodeo (Cinesound) 3. (1 min 39 sec) British Army technical specialists are interviewed on their arrival in Australia. Commentary by Ernest Walsh,...

F00726

Milne Bay

Cinesound newsreel extract showing the first pictures to come out of Milne Bay. (See also F01216 for Department of Information unedited footage.)

F01614

Fighter aces thrill with spectacular flying

A Cinesound Review news item showing Kittyhawks in a training flight over airfield. Commentator mentions fighter pilots Rawlinson, Fisher, Truscott and Warne. Truscott is the only one that has been identified in this item.

F02021

Air power is peace power

Cinesound Review produced to inspire enlistment in the RAAF Includes: Battle of the Bismark Sea. "Black Jack" Walker, "Torchy" Uren, "Bluey" Truscott, "Killer" Caldwell. Biscuit bombers. March past of recruits at Laverton. Electrical fitters. Testing hydralic pump on a Lincoln bomber and Vampire...

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These eagles incognito

Aerial of 100 Squadron RAAF Bristol Beaufort bombers heading for Gurney Strip Milne Bay, New Guinea. Aerial view of Gurney Strip. Landing at Gurney Strip. Hal Watt, 68 Wing Commander John Raeburn (Sam) Balmer OBE, DFC, (KIA 11 May 1944, Belgium), RAN Lieutenant Commander Gerald Mellor (Gerry)...

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Private Record

Heraldry

Wrist Watch : Flight Lieutenant K W Truscott, 452 Squadron, RAAF

Plated brass wrist watch with a broken band. The watch face is damaged and cannot be seen clearly through the cracked glass covering. A small section of the band remains attached to the top of the watch. Engraved on the back of the watch is 'IN APPRECIATION FROM POWERHOUSE.' Impressed below this...

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Pattern 1940 Flying Boots : Squadron Leader K W Truscott, 452 Squadron, RAAF

Pattern 1940 brown suede flying boots lined with thick sheep fleece. The boots are made in four sections, a piece covering the front of the foot, another around the ankles and heel and two pieces around the lower leg. There is a strip of reinforcing sewn down the back of the boot. A steel AIr...

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Sound

Arthur William Doubleday, as a Squadron Leader, interviewed by Laurence (Laurie) Field about his service in 460 Squadron Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) during the Second World War

Speaks of his pre-war life; enlisted in RAAF in November 1940 aged twenty seven; training in Australia and Canada; December 1944 posted as acting commanding officer 27 OTU; attended Staff College in United States April-August 1945; returned to Australia to take over family farm; in 1947 joined...

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Timeline

Date of birth 1916-05-17 Melbourne, VIC.
Other 1939 Played Australian Rules for Melbourne's premiership team.
Date and unit at appointment (Officers) 1940-07-21 Enlisted in the RAAF and attended Elementary Flying Training School.
Date promoted 1940-10-22 Pilot officer.
Date commissioned 1941-02 Ordered to England.
Other units 1941-05-05 Joined No. 452 Squadron as a foundation member.
Date promoted 1941-08-12 Flying officer.
Date promoted 1941-09-20 Acting flight lieutenant.
Date of honour or award 1941-10-17 Distinguished Flying Cross.
Date promoted 1942-01-26 Acting squadron leader.
Date returned to Australia 1942-03 Posted back to Australia.
Date of honour or award 1942-03-27 Bar to Distinguished Flying Cross.
Other units 1942-06-03 Commanding Officer No. 76 Squadron.
Other 1942-07 Served in New Guinea.
Date promoted 1942-10-22 Flight lieutenant.
Date promoted 1943-01-28 Squadron leader.
Date of honour or award 1943-03-26 Mention in Despatches.
Date of death 1943-03-28 Killed on a training flight when he crashed into Exmouth Gulf, WA.