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Service:Royal Australian Air Force
Service Number:431341; A33201; O33201
Rank:Flight Lieutenant
Date of Birth:13 January 1925
Place of Birth:Mildura, Victoria, Australia
Decorations:Distinguished Flying Medal
Air Force Medal
Mentioned in Despatches
Air Medal (US)

NAA: A12372, R/33201/H


17 March 1949Mustang A68-765: Collided with Mustang A68-811 while flying in formation, causing damage to starboard aileron and flaps.


Distinguished Flying Medal:
Pilot I G. THORNTON has led flights of No. 77 Squadron aircraft against North Korean Forces and by his example and disregard for personal safety he has shown leadership of a very high standard.
His exceptional keenness to engage in operation and to conduct aggressive attacks has done much to enhance the Squadron's reputation and to inspire his fellow aircrew members to greater achievement.

Air Force Medal (Recommendation):
Pilot I THORNTON was posted to No. 77 Squadron in April 1947, for flying duties where he has proved himself to be an outstanding pilot and a most capable non-commissioned officer.
By his own excellent example, general allround keenness and his personal influence in all matters of flying, this pilot has done a great amount to raise the standard of flying and the accuracy in the use of air weapons within the Squadron.
Pilot I THORNTON was a member of the team of four members from No. 77 Squadron which recorded a most creditable performance in the Air Gunnery competitions of the Far East Air Forces of Occupation in Japan staged at Yokota Air Base from the 5th December to 11th December, 1949. This pilot's outstanding flying and accuracy in the use of fighter weapons contributed in no small measure to this Squadron being acclaimed as outstanding in comparison with all other Allied Units. Pilot I THORNTON has flown approximately 1300 hours during his service career.

Mentioned in Despatches:
Flight Lieutenant G. THORNTON has completed two consecutive operational tours with No. 77 Squadron in KOREA. He has flown one hundred and eighty-nine operational sorties in Mustang and Meteor aircraft.
Since being awarded the Distinguished Flying Medal this Officer has continued to display determination and vigour in pressing home attacks, often in the face of severe enemy fire. His devotion to duty has been in keeping with the highest traditions of the Royal Australian Air Force.

Air Medal (US):
Pilot I Geofery R. Thornton performed acts of meritorious service while participating in sustained operations in support of United Nations activities in Korea. Pilot I Thornton participated in ten (10) operational flights during the period 2 July 1950 to 4 August 1950. In the course of these operations, dive bombing, rocketing, and strafing runs were made from dangerously low altitudes, destroying and damaging enemy installations and equipment. Through his ability initiative, and courage, Pilot I Thornton has brought great credit upon himself and the Royal Australian Air Force.

External Links

World War 2 Nominal Roll
Korean War Nominal Roll


National Archives of Australia [NAA] 1997, THORNTON Geoffrey : Service Number - O33201 : Date of Birth - 13/01/1925 : Place of Birth - Mildura, VIC : Conflict - Korea, A12372, R/33201/H.

Record updated on 16 May 2018.


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