Thomas Gracie JOYCE


JOYCE, Thomas Gracie

Service Number: 513
Enlisted: 6 November 1939
Last Rank: Flight Sergeant
Last Unit: No. 10 Squadron (RAAF)
Born: Glasgow, Scotland, 31 December 1915
Home Town: Sandgate, Brisbane, Queensland
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Commercial Pilot
Died: Flying Battle, died at sea, Bay of Biscay, Spain (Atlantic Ocean), 29 April 1941, aged 25 years
Cemetery: Not yet discovered
Memorials: Air Forces Memorial (Runnymede Memorial)
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World War 2 Service

3 Sep 1939: Involvement Flying Officer, SN 513, No. 10 Squadron (RAAF)
6 Nov 1939: Enlisted Royal Australian Air Force, SN 513
10 Apr 1941: Involvement Royal Australian Air Force, Flight Sergeant, SN 513, No. 10 Squadron (RAAF)

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Biography contributed by Julianne Ryan

Born 31/12/1915 in Glasgow, England

Father John Joyce and Mother Margaret Chapman Gracie Joyce.

Wife: Henrietta Wilhelmina Joyce (nee Boughen) - b.11/5/1914 - d. 24/5/1939,
        lived at Shorncliffe, via Sandgate, Queensland.

6/11/1939      enlisted at Point Cook, Victoria

Dec 1939       A cadet pilot of “D” Flight, 1 Flying Training School, Point Cook.

28/4/1941      Flight Sergeant with No.10 Squadron Sunderland I T9075 RAAF (Coastal Command)
                     Operation:  Crossover Patrol - 100 miles off Brest, Bay of Biscay

***Killed in flying crash, Short Sunderland III, over Irish Sea***

Captain:            Fling Officer Victor Alean Hodgkison RAAF - survived injured
Pilot 1:              Flight Sergeant Tom A Egerton (1941)- survived injured
Pilot 2:              Flight Sergeat Thomas Gracie Joyce (513) - killed
Navigator:         Sergeant J Bradbury RAF (938198) - severely injured
Flight Eng:         Sergeant Con L Gehrig RAAF (3953) - survived injured
2nd Flight Eng:   L.A.C Ralph Douglas Bell RAAF (207712) - killed
1st W/Operator:  Corporal Clifford Oswald William Amos RAAF (3332) - killed
2nd W/Operator: Corporal Francis Hewitt RAAF (205727) - killed
Fitter IIA:           L.A.C Norman Raine RAAF (3683) - killed
Armourer:          ACI John Charles Francis RAAF (15774) - killed
Air/Gunner:        Corporal Len G Cocoran RAAF (4503) - survived injured

No known grave

His name is commemorated on Panel 62 at the Air Forces Memorial, Runnymede, Surrey, England.

His name is also commemorated on Panel 99 at the Australian War Memorial, Canberra, ACT.

Sourced and submitted by Julianne T Ryan.  9/7/2016.  Lest we forget.