LEST WE FORGET

Lieutenant Claude Roy EBELING 

Service No: 159
Born: Spotswood VIC, May 1893
Enlisted in the Army: 10 July 1915
Unit: No. 2 Squadron, Australian Flying Corps
Died: Injuries from an Aircraft Accident, France, 23 August 1918, Aged 25 Years
Buried: Terlincthun British Cemetery, Wimille, France
CWGC Additional Information: Son of Claude and Frances Ebeling; husband of Muriel Ebeling, of “Ounallan,” Fifth Avenue, Cremona, New South Wales. Native of Victoria
Place of Association: Yarraville VIC
Remembered: Panel 188, Commemorative Area, Australian War Memorial, Canberra ACT

On the 19th, the Squadron sent a patrol back to Haubourdin, where the leader, Captain Cole (1) sent two Fokker D.VII scouts down.  Four days later, one of his “B” Flight pilots, Lieutenant Claude Ebeling was visiting No 1 Aeroplane Supply Depot’s aerodrome at Marquise, between Calais and Boulogne. Taking off from the Depot, Ebeling crashed (2), with his injuries proving fatal a few hours afterwards. Ebeling had been an original Squadron member in Egypt, serving as a sergeant fitter with “C” Flight over 1916-17.  After pilot training in 1918, he had flown as a ferry pilot at 1 Aeroplane Supply Depot for a few months before rejoining the Squadron in July.

(1) Air Vice Marshal Adrian Trevor Cole CBE DSO MC DFC psa; Born Melbourne 19 June 1896 Served in the RAAF 31 March 1921 – 17 April 1946; Died: 1966
(2) SE5a aircraft D6913

Extract from Bennett, J. (John William) Highest Traditions: the history of No. 2 Squadron RAAF, Australian Government Publishing Service, 1995 – Page 77

References:

Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour On-Line Records
Commonwealth War Graves Commission On-Line Records
National Archives of Australia On-Line Record B2455, EBELING C R
National Archives UK RAF Casualty Card 270127, 84288

Bibliography:

Bennett, J. (John William) Highest Traditions: the history of No. 2 Squadron RAAF, Australian Government Publishing Service, 1995

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