Flight Sergeant Neville Lloyd THORNLEY

Service No: 34772
Born: Hurlstone Park NSW, 13 April 1922
Enlisted in the RAAF: 6 November 1940
Unit: No. 80 Squadron
Died: Air Operations: (No. 80 Squadron Kittyhawk aircraft A29-671), Halmaheras, 14 January 1945, Aged 22 Years
Buried: Unrecovered
CWGC Additional Information: Son of Thomas William and Amy Bertha Thornley, of Pymble, New South Wales, Australia
Roll of Honour: Unknown
Remembered: Column 9, Ambon Memorial, Indonesia
Remembered: Panel 104, Commemorative Area, Australian War Memorial, Canberra ACT
Remembered: Ku-ring-gai World War 2 Book of Remembrance, Gordon NSW

On 14 January 1945, Kittyhawk A29-671 flown by Flight Sergeant Thornley was one of a four aircraft formation detailed to dive bomb the Hatetabako airstrip area. A29-671 entered the dive and was seen to pull out, flip over and crash into the sea. Searches found no trace of the aircraft or Flight Sergeant Thornley.


Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour On-Line Records (RAAF Casualty Information compiled by Alan Storr (409804))
Commonwealth War Graves Commission On-Line Records
Department of Veterans’ Affairs On-Line WWII Nominal Roll
National Archives of Australia On-Line Record A705, 166/39/439; A9845, 166
Register of War Memorials in New South Wales On-Line

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