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Neville Lloyd THORNLEY

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Service Record
Name THORNLEY, NEVILLE LLOYD
Service Royal Australian Air Force
Service Number 34772
Date of Birth 13 Apr 1922
Place of Birth HURLSTONE PARK, NSW
Date of Enlistment 6 Nov 1940
Locality on Enlistment PYMBLE
Place of Enlistment SYDNEY, NSW
Next of Kin THORNLEY, THOMAS
Date of Death 14 Jan 1945
Rank Flight Sergeant
Posting on Death 80 SQUADRON
WW2 Honours and Gallantry None for display
Prisoner of War No
Roll of Honour Unknown

Neville Lloyd Thornley
Service number: 34772
Rank: Flight Sergeant
Unit: 80 Squadron
Service: RAAF
Conflict: 1939-1945
Date of death: 14 January 1945
Place of death: Halmaheras
Cause of death: Flying Battle
Source: AWM148 Roll of Honour cards, 1939-1945 War, Air Force


http://www.airforce.gov.au/raafmuseum/research/units/80sqn.htm
No 80 Squadron
Equipped with Kittyhawks, No 80 Squadron formed at Townsville, Queensland in September 1943. The Unit deployed to Nadzab in New Guinea beginning combat operations in February 1944.
No 80 Squadron operated from a succession of bases throughout the South West Pacific, participating mainly in ground attack operations. In April 1944, the Squadron was deployed to Aitape to cover the Allied landings at Hollandia and provided air support for subsequent landings at Wakde and Biak.
Following these operations, No 80 Squadron aircraft remained grounded at Morotai during the allied landings at Tarakan - an action that caused considerable dismay amongst the Squadron's pilots.
After Tarakan the Squadron flew close support missions for the Army until the Japanese surrender four months later. No 80 Squadron returned to Australia in December 1945 and disbanded at Deniliquin, New South Wales in July the following year.

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Dave
 
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