Raymond Edward THOROLD-SMITH

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THOROLD-SMITH, Raymond Edward

Service Number: 402144
Enlisted: 27 May 1940
Last Rank: Squadron Leader
Last Unit: No. 452 Squadron (RAAF)
Born: Sydney, NSW, 12 June 1918
Home Town: Manly, Manly Vale, New South Wales
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Not yet discovered
Died: Flying Battle, Timor Sea, 15 March 1943, aged 24 years
Cemetery: No known grave - "Known Unto God"
Adelaide River Memorial to the Missing, Panel 7
Memorials: Adelaide River Northern Territory Memorial, Australian War Memorial, Roll of Honour
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World War 2 Service

3 Sep 1939: Involvement Squadron Leader, SN 402144
27 May 1940: Enlisted Royal Australian Air Force, No. 452 Squadron (RAAF)
Date unknown: Involvement

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Biography contributed by Pauline Graves

Taken from book "quirindi 1939-1950 Courage and Commitment" by Dorothy Durrant

 452 Sqn left from Bankstown NSW to fly to Batchelor in the NT. S/Ldr Throssell-Smith had engine trouble leaving Bankstown and arrived at a later date. On the day he was killed the Australian pilots flew out over Darwin to intercept 25 Japanese bombers and 25 fighters (Raid 53 on Darwin)

Biography contributed by David Barlow

Son of Joseph Patrick and Beatrice Mary Thorold-Smith of Sydney, NSW

Sydney University Blue (Rugby)

Squadron Leader Thorold-Smith DFC was killed when his Spitfire aircraft BS231 crashed near Darwin, NT - at the time he was the Commanding Officer of 452 Squadron

He has an entry in the book "Aces High" by Christopher Shores which provides details on British and Commonwealth fighter aces.