Topic: Ernest Reginald Lloyd (1918-1945)

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Flying Officer Ernest Reginald Lloyd was searching for another aircraft in the Western Pacific when Japanese aircraft attacked and their bomber was destroyed.

Ernest Reginald Lloyd (1918-1945)Ernest Reginald Lloyd was born on 29 March 1918. He was in the Territorial Cadets for four years, becoming a sergeant.

He worked as a teacher. Ernest was awarded his Flying Badge at Wigram on 1 November 1943. His active service was spent in the Pacific as a Flying Officer on board a Ventura Bomber.

Whilst searching for another aircraft in the Western Pacific he and his crew were attacked by Japanese aircraft and their bromber crashed, exploding upon impact and killing the entire crew.

Ernest is remembered in Tauranga's Memorial Grove, two rows of totara trees located on Fifteenth Avenue which stand as a memorial to 41 former Tauranga District High School students killed during World War II (1939-1945).


Sources:

Cenotaph Database

Reunion leads to hunt for war dead - research by Betty Eaton-Woodcock (Bay of Plenty Times, 25 April 2011, pp. 10-11).


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Ernest Reginald Lloyd (1918-1945)


Year:1945
Note:Service Number: 4210923
First Names:Ernest Reginald
Last Name:Lloyd
Date of Birth:29 March 1918
Country of birth:New Zealand
Date of death:10 June 1945
Place of death:Western Pacific
Place of burial:Bourail New Zealand War Cemetery, New Caledonia
Occupation:Teacher
Spouses name:Norma Joyce Lloyd
Fathers name:Charles Edward Lloyd
Mothers name:Florence Louisa Constant
Military Service:World War II (1939-1945)