Ebeling, Lieutenant Claude Roy

No 2 Sqn AFC

Claude Ebeling came from Melbourne, and he joined the AFC there on 10 July 1915 when he was a 22 year old Engineer. He left from Melbourne as a Sergeant on HMAT A67 Orsova on 16 March 1916. After arrival in Egypt he was attached to No 14 Sqn RFC but spent some time in hospital before moving to the UK in December. He applied for flying training and was commissioned after graduation in January 1918 and then promoted to Lieutenant three months later. He was initially posted to No 1 Aircraft Supply Depot in April and was slightly injured in the head on 3 June after running into an RE 8 when landing in SE 5a C1819, which was completely wrecked. After recovery, he was posted to No 2 Sqn AFC in July. On 1 August he was involved in the chase of a Rumpler two-seater that was shot down by Lt J J Wellwood in D6913 south east of Lille.

Lt Ebeling was killed in an aircraft accident at No 1 Aircraft Supply Depot at Marquise on 23 August 1918 when flying SE 5a D6913 (Lt Wellwood’s aeroplane in the above-mentioned fight on 1 August); the aeroplane stalled at about 100 feet while in a climbing turn just after take-off and dived into the ground. He had flown to Marquise to collect a new aeroplane.

Lt C R Ebeling is buried in Grave II E 1 at Terlincthun Cemetery, France.

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