Hugo Throssell (Sinker) ARMSTRONG DFC and Bar


ARMSTRONG, Hugo Throssell

Service Number: 406022
Enlisted: 25 May 1940, Perth, Western Australia
Last Rank: Squadron Leader
Last Unit: No. 611 "West Lancashire" Squadron (RAF)
Born: Perth, Western Australia, 19 June 1916
Home Town: Cottesloe, Peppermint Grove, Western Australia
Schooling: Hale School, Perth, Western Australia
Occupation: Salesman
Died: Flying Battle, English Channel near the French coast, 5 February 1943, aged 26 years
Cemetery: No known grave - "Known Unto God"
Runnymede (Air Forces) Memorial, Panel 187. Surrey, England. Local Roll of Honour- Perth Western Australia
Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Runnymede Air Forces Memorial, Wembley Downs Hale School Honour Roll 1, Wembley Downs Hale School Memorial Grove
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World War 2 Service

25 May 1940: Enlisted Royal Australian Air Force, Aircraftman 2 (WW2), SN 406022, Perth, Western Australia
29 May 1942: Honoured Distinguished Flying Cross, DFC awarded London Gazette, 29 May 1942, Page 2332, Position 1, For 29 operational sorties over enemy territory
8 Jan 1943: Honoured Distinguished Flying Cross and bar, London Gazette, 08 Jan 1943, Page 215, Position 1, Awarded Bar To DFC.
5 Feb 1943: Involvement Royal Australian Air Force, Squadron Leader, SN 406022, No. 611 "West Lancashire" Squadron (RAF), Air War NW Europe 1939-45

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Sqn Ldr Armstrong was attched to  Squadron No. 611 a British Royal Air Force squadron. It was first formed in 1936 and was disbanded in 1957 after seeing combat as a fighter unit during the Second World War.

He went missing in action over the English Channel off Boulogne, France on 05 February 1943, and has no known grave.

Biography contributed by Graham Padget

Squadron Leader Hugo Throssell Armstrong was the son of Percival William and Grace Ethel Armstrong, of Travancore Victoria , Australia and the nephew of the nephew of Captain Hugo Throssell VC of the 10th Light Horse Regiment. 

Outstanding among R.A.A.F. pilots was Armstrong, who served successively with Nos. 129, 72 and 611 Squadrons R.A.F. during 1942.  Squadron Leader Armstrong’s keenness to engage the enemy brought him early prominence while flying with Tangmere Wing and he was quickly elevated to be a flight commander of No. 129 Squadron.  His judgment and skill as a leader brought further successes, and by May (1942) he was credited with the destruction of five enemy aircraft.  After similar service with No. 72 Squadron, he was posted to command No. 611 Squadron and by the end of the year had claimed another four enemy victims.  Perhaps his greatest attribute was his ability to control his flight or squadron to best advantage on escort work, so that he always had a tactical advantage over enemy fighters which tried to break through to the bombers; he never overlooked defensive responsibilities but, once battle was joined, he showed, in the highest form, the courage, initiative, judgment and skill which marks the truly-great fighter pilot.

(courtesy of RAAF Rolls of Honour Western Australia)