ELLWOOD, Donald Frank

Sub Lieutenant (A) Donald Frank ELLWOOD
Aged 23

Royal Navy 846 Squadron, Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve
Killed in flying accident on 4th July 1943

Donald Frank ELLWOOD was born in 1919 (4th qtr 1919 Bury St.Edmunds 4a:1860) son of Cyril and Florence May ELLWOOD (née VALE).

His father, a Barrow born carpenter, had died in 1936. In 1939 his mother was at St John's Crescent, Horkesley, nr Colchester ( her native village). He had an elder brother, Edwin

846 Naval Air Squadron was established in April 1943 at the Naval Air Station Quonset Point, Rhode Island, United States. It was equipped with 12 Grumman Avenger I torpedo bombers. Two months later the squadron embarked on the escort carrier HMS Ravager and was transferred to the UK.

HMS Ravager (D70) was an Attacker-class escort carrier built in the United States (as part of the Bogue class) and operated by the Royal Navy during World War II. ... Upon completion in 1943 she was transferred to the Royal Navy and named HMS Ravager.
After completing her sea trials and her acceptance by the Admiralty RAVAGER sailed to Vancouver, Canada to be modified to meet Admiralty requirements, receive her full crew compliment, complete sea trials and work up ready for beginning her active service.
2nd July 1943 Embarked AVENGER aircraft of 846 squadron from US Naval Air Station Quonset Point for transit to UK.
On 4th July a Grumman Avenger, of 846 Royal Navy Squadron, crewed by Lieut (EG) Trotman, Sub Lt Ellwood and Leading Airman Ritchie were killed when their aricraft crashed on take off, in Chesapeake Bay.

The Avenger was the heaviest single engined plane in WW2

Ravager in her main role as Deck Landing training off Scotland

Donald is buried in Portsmouth (Evergreen) Memorial Park, Virginia, U.S.A. Sec F Lot 15 Grave 8

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