Flying Officer Victor TRELOAR

Service No: 416171
Born: Redhill SA, 2 February 1913
Enlisted in the RAAF: 31 March 1941
Unit: No. 2 Squadron, Darwin NT
Died: Air Operations (No. 2 Squadron Hudson aircraft A16-172), Saumlaki Netherlands East Indies, 14 September 1942, Aged 29 Years
Buried: Unrecovered
CWGC Additional Information: Son of Thomas Henry and Olive Hesba Treloar, of Redhill, South Australia; husband of Florence Joan Treloar, of Redhill
Roll of Honour: Unknown
Remembered: Column 8, Ambon Memorial, Indonesia
Remembered: Panel 98, Commemorative Area, Australian War Memorial, Canberra ACT
Remembered: World War II Honour Roll, National War Memorial of SA, North Terrace, Adelaide

On 14th September three Hudsons of No. 2 led by McFarlane (1) dive-bombed a ship off Saumlaki. McFarlane’s bombs fell within 10 feet of the vessel. As the second Hudson was attacking, the third one, captained by Flying Officer McDonnell, was hit by anti-aircraft fire and hurtled into the sea. The other aircraft attacked again and one of McFarlane’s bombs hit the ship.

(1) Wing Commander Archibald Bertram McFarlane DFC (250207) was discharged from the RAAF on 11 June 1948.

Extract from Gillison, D.N. (Douglas Napier) (254475) Royal Australian Air Force 1939-1942, Australian War Memorial, Canberra, 1962 – Page 645

The crew members of A16-172 were:

Pilot Officer Kevin Joseph Ahern (401754) (Observer)
Sergeant Gilbert Stanley Dobbs (414292) (Wireless Air Gunner)
Pilot Officer Kenneth Lewis McDonnell (406156) (Pilot)
Pilot Officer Victor Treloar (416171) (Wireless Air Gunner)
Sergeant Gerald Ward-Smith (413294) (Wireless Air Gunner)


Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour On-Line Records
Commonwealth War Graves Commission On-Line Records
Department of Veteran’s Affairs On-Line WWII Nominal Roll
National Archives of Australia On-Line Record A705, 163/59/78

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