Ellis, Ronald Vernon

Date of birth:
February 22nd, 1917
Date of death:
Service number:
566445 (NCO)/47416 (Officer)
British (1801-present, Kingdom)


? Flight Sergeant
14 October, 1941: Pilot Officer on Probation
1 October, 1942: Flying Officer (war sub)
16 May, 1943: Flight Lieutenant (war sub)
11 October 1966: retirement retaing ranks as Squadron Leader

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Second World War (1939-1945)
Flight Sergeant
No. 73 Squadron, Royal Air Force
Awarded on:
January 2nd, 1942
"This airman has been actively engaged on operational flying since June, 1940. He participated in the intensive air operations in France and, just prior to the evacuation, he was responsible: for arranging with another pilot ior the passage to England of General de Gaulle. Fit. Sgt. Ellis subsequently fought in the Battle of Britain and destroyed four enemy aircraft.
Later, he participated in intensive operations over Sidi Barrani, Tobruk, Derna and Gazala. He fought during the period of the advance and later he took part in the defence of Tobruk at a difficult period. In one raid on Tobruk, Fit. Sgt. Ellis destroyed two Junkers 87; he then landed, and, taking off in another aircraft, he fought and shot down another Junkers 87.
Fit. Sgt. Ellis carried out a large number ot hazardous sorties, machine-gunning mechanised transports and aerodromes to disorganise the enemy's forces during their advance from Benghazi.
This airman has served with distinction throughout. Unaffected by these periods of continual warfare, he has retained both his skill and zest."
Distinguished Flying Medal (DFM)
Second World War (1939-1945)
Acting Squadron Leader
Awarded on:
January 1st, 1946
"Squadron Leader Ellis is the senior Royal Air Force test pilot at this firm (Vickers-Armstrong Ltd.). The success of the test flights, and the prompt delivery of aircraft to the service can be attributed to a large extent to the leadership and example of this officer."

Air Force Cross
Second World War (1939-1945)
Squadron Leader
Defence Medal 1939-1945
General Service Medal 1918-1962