GEORGE ERNEST LLOYD

Born: 12th November 1921, Ipswich.

Died: 15th November 1942; age: 21; MPK.

Rank: Air Mechanic (O) 1st Class; Service Number: FAA/SFX. 941.

Regiment: Royal Navy, H.M.S. ‘Avenger’

 

Memorial Reference:

Bay 3, Panel 5.

Lee-on-Solent Memorial,

Hampshire.

 

Relatives Notified & Address: Son of Ernest David & Violet Elsie Lloyd, of Ipswich.

 

Father: Ernest David Lloyd, born 1888, Bentley, Suffolk.

Mother: Violet Elsie Lloyd (nee Reid), born December 1898, West Bergholt, Essex.

 

H.M.S. ‘Avenger’   15th November 1942.

 

H.M.S. ‘Avenger’ was built by the Sun Shipbuilding & Drydock Company, Chester, Pennsylvania. She was originally launched in November 1940 as an American motor passenger liner ‘Rio Hudson’. She was loaned to the UK under the Lend-Lease programme. Within a year H.M.S. ‘Avenger’ was renovated for the Royal Navy, and converted to an auxiliary aircraft carrier with the capacity to carry 15 aircraft. On the 22nd October 1942, H.M.S ‘Avenger’ left  Clyde, Scotland to take part in Operation Torch – the Allied Invasion of  North Africa. After leaving North Africa to start her journey home, H.M.S ‘Avenger’ was hit by one torpedo, by the German submarine U-155 (Kapitanleutnant Adolf Piening) at 3.20am, west of Gibraltar. The torpedo ignited her bomb load and blew out the centre section of the ship.  She was sunk in less then 3 minutes – 516 lives lost, 12 were rescued.

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