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Service:Royal Australian Air Force
Service Number:400213
Rank:Squadron Leader
Date of Birth:17 May 1916
Place of Birth:Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Date of Death:28 March 1943 (Aged 26 years)
Decorations:Distinguished Flying Cross and Bar
Mentioned in Despatches
Units:No. 76 Squadron, RAAF †

AWM: SUK15022

Distinguished Flying Cross & Bar1939-45 StarAir Crew Europe Star
Pacific StarDefence Medal1939-45 War MedalAustralian Service Medal 1939-45


21 July 1940Enlisted with the Royal Australian Air Force.
Aircraftman 2nd Class on Enlistment.
Posted to No. 1 Initial Training School, RAAF.
19 August 1940Promoted to Leading Aircraftman.
31 October 1940Embarked at Sydney.
20 November 1940Disembarked Canada.
28 March 1943 †Kittyhawk A29-150: Aircraft crashed 2 miles offshore in the Bay of Rest, Exmouth Gulf, WA, while making a mock attack run on returning US Navy Catalina 101-P-1.
1 April 1943Buried at the Perth War Cemetery (Plot H, Row A, Grave 12).


Distinguished Flying Cross:
Truscott joined Squadron in May after period training in Australia and Canada. Has participated in many operational sorties against enemy and has displayed great courage and determination. Has destroyed at least 6 enemy aircraft.

Bar to Distinguished Flying Cross:
Skilful courageous fighter pilot since May 1941 participated in large number sorties and convoy escorts. Throughout shown fine fighting spirit. Destroyed eleven, probably destroyed three, damaged two hostile aircraft. In February 1942 Truscott participated in attack on destroyer which left damaged condition black smoke issuing behind bridge. Next day assisted destruction German floatplane.

Burial Details



F/Lt Finucane (left) and F/Lt Truscott congratulate each other at Kenley after an operation where each had both shot down two Me 109sGrave of S/Ldr K.W. Truscott, DFC & Bar, at the Perth War Cemetery and Annex, WA


No. 452 Squadron, RAAF:
14 July 1941Kirton Lindsey to North Coats11:5012:20Spitfire II P7973
14 July 1941North Coastes to Kirton Lindsey22:5023:20Spitfire II P7973
23 July 1941Sweep12:2514:15Spitfire IIA P79731 Me. 109 shot at 1 quick burst. Me. 109 diving almost vertically result unknown.
23 July 1941Sweep20:1021:55Spitfire IIA P7973

External Links

Commonwealth War Graves Commission
World War 2 Nominal Roll
Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour


National Archives of Australia [NAA] 1945, Kittyhawk A29 [Accidents Part 5], A9845, 7.

Record updated on 16 December 2018.


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