Bluey Truscott, Sq Ldr. Keith William Truscott RAAF, DFC & Bar

Bluey Truscott Sq Ldr WW2 RAAF ACE DFC & Bar


Bluey Truscott, Squadron Leader Keith W Truscott RAAF, DFC & Bar


' Bluey Truscott' written by Ivan Southall.

This book traces the war history of one of Australia's most famous air aces from Battle of Britain to the jungle of New Guinea.

Squadron Leader Kieth Truscott D.F.C. and Bar original leader of 452 Sqn later recalled to Pacific War member of No 76 Sqn Battle of Milne Bay. KIA 28th March 1943 while flying Kittyhawk with 76 SQN.
This book is hard to obtain.
Interesting that his first Spitfire is located on display in Australian War Memorial.

"Brave as few were and loved as few were!
Our Bluey"

Squadron Leader Truscott was killed instantly at 1735 hrs 28th of March 1943. He was flying RAAF 76 Sqn Kitty Hawk A29/150. Before any member of the 76 Squadron could reach the scene United States Navy sailors in whale boats and divers were attempting to locate the wreckage. They continued dragging operations with a desperate urgency until midnight, under impossible conditions, long after all hope for the life of Keith Truscott had been abandoned.

At first light, 29th of March, the search resumed at 1000 hrs the aircraft was located in 36 feet of water. At 1630 hrs. the aircraft was raised, and finally lowered onto a barge. The body was recovered from the cockpit with some injuries, but virtually unmarked. In the evening after the barge pulled alongside the jetty Bluey was carried ashore by the Officers of his squadron.

His mother, far away, knew he was dead before she was told.

Data sheet

Book Condition:
duust jacket worn on finger grip of spine otherwise veryy good book
Outer Cover on Book:
Hard Boards with Dust Jacket
Publication Date:
1958 1st edition

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