David Orr-Ewing DSO, RN

Born  24 Mar 1900London, England
Died  18 Jun 1964(64)Wigtownshire, Scotland

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1 Jan 1916 Mid.
15 Jan 1918 A/S.Lt.
15 Sep 1918 S.Lt.
15 Jun 1920 Lt.
15 Jun 1928 Lt.Cdr.
31 Dec 1933 Cdr.
31 Dec 1940 Capt.

Retired: 7 Jan 1950


4 May 1943 DSO

Warship Commands listed for David Orr-Ewing, RN

HMS Diomede (D 92)Capt.Light cruiser16 Jun 194111 Aug 1942
HMS Abdiel (M 39)Capt.Minelayer10 Oct 194210 Sep 1943

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Minelayer HMS Abdiel (M 39)

1 Dec 1942
Between December 1942 and April 1943 HMS Abdiel, in cooperation with the British mine laying submarine HMS Rorqual and Abdiels sister ship HMS Welshman laid several minefields, totalling some 2.000 mines, in the Sicilian Channel.

9 Jan 1943
Lays one of the fields mentioned above, athwart the Axis evacuation routes from Tunisia.
Later the same day an Italian convoy found the field and loses the destroyer Corsaro (1645 tons), while the destroyer Maestrale (1440 tons) is severely damaged.

3 Feb 1943
Another Italian convoy fouls one her minefields, this one south of Marettimo island, off the western tip of Sicily, losing the destroyer Saetta (1225 tons) and the torpedo boat Uragano (910 tons).

3 Apr 1943
Lays a minefield between the Italian fields X-2 and X-3 (whose location was known to the Allies through ULTRA intercepts and captured documents). On 7 March another convoy fouls the field, losing the Italian torpedo boat Ciclone (910 tons).

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