Clarence Parsons (Clarrie) GLASSCOCK DFC

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GLASSCOCK, Clarence Parsons

Service Number: 260092
Enlisted: 12 December 1932
Last Rank: Wing Commander
Last Unit: No. 30 Squadron (RAAF)
Born: Goulburn New South Wales Australia, 3 February 1912
Home Town: Abbotsbury, Fairfield, New South Wales
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Student (on enlistment)
Died: Flying Battle, near Cape Hoskins Strip New Britain, 19 September 1943, aged 31 years
Cemetery: Lae War Cemetery
Joint Grave AA. D. 3-4 Local Roll of Honour - Sydney Australia
Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour
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World War 2 Service

12 Dec 1932: Enlisted Royal Australian Air Force, Air Cadet, SN 260092

Non Warlike Service

1 Apr 1933: Promoted Royal Australian Air Force, Pilot Officer
1 Jul 1934: Promoted Royal Australian Air Force, Flying Officer

World War 2 Service

1 Jan 1939: Promoted Royal Australian Air Force, Flight Lieutenant
3 Sep 1939: Involvement Wing Commander, SN 260092
17 Apr 1940: Involvement Royal Australian Air Force, Flight Lieutenant, SN 260092, No. 12 Squadron (RAAF), Air War SW Pacific 1941-45
1 Jun 1940: Promoted Royal Australian Air Force, Squadron Leader
23 Aug 1941: Involvement Royal Australian Air Force, Squadron Leader, SN 260092, Headquarters Southern Area (RAAF)
1 Apr 1942: Promoted Royal Australian Air Force, Wing Commander
5 Apr 1943: Involvement Royal Australian Air Force, Wing Commander, SN 260092, 5 Operational Training Unit, Air War SW Pacific 1941-45
20 Jun 1943: Involvement Royal Australian Air Force, Wing Commander, SN 260092, No. 30 Squadron (RAAF), Air War SW Pacific 1941-45
1 Aug 1944: Honoured Distinguished Flying Cross

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Biography contributed by Graham Padget

ROYAL AUSTRALIAN AIR FORCE

HONOURS AND AWARDS.

THE DISTINGUISHED FLYING CROSS

WING COMMANDER CLARRIE PARSONS GLASSCOCK

CITATION.

Wing Commander GLASSCOCK was appointed to command No. 30 L.R./F. Squadron on the 30th June, 1943, at a time when the unit was moving to a new location and also when many new crews had been posted to the Squadron.  He accepted these added responsibilities willingly and cheerfully, and by his outstanding personality and leadership succeeded in a very short time in moulding his crews into an excellent Squadron.

Throughout the month of July he personally participated in many successful convoy protection operations connected with the Allied occupation of the Trobriand and Woodlark Islands. His untiring enthusiasm proved a source of inspiration to his unit, which was operating under most trying conditions.

During the operations at Salamaua and Lae in August and September, his unit was allotted the task of intercepting enemy barge traffic along the North and South Coasts of New Britain.   Although the barges were sheltering under cover of heavily defended positions, he led his Squadron in many determined attacks which achieved marked success.

By his courage, his exemplary qualities of leadership and his untiring devotion to duty, Wing Commander GLASSCOCK has at all time upheld the highest traditions of the Service.

 

Transcribed un-edited from the Citation document in the Service Record of Wing Commander Glasscock

 

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