David Orr-Ewing DSO, RN

Born  24 Mar 1900London, England
Died  18 Jun 1964(64)Wigtownshire, Scotland


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Ranks

1 Jan 1916 Mid.
15 Jan 1918 A/S.Lt.
15 Sep 1918 S.Lt.
15 Jun 1920 Lt.
15 Jun 1928 Lt.Cdr.
31 Dec 1933 Cdr.
31 Dec 1940 Capt.

Retired: 7 Jan 1950


Decorations

4 May 1943 DSO

Warship Commands listed for David Orr-Ewing, RN


ShipRankTypeFromTo
HMS Diomede (D 92)Capt.Light cruiser16 Jun 194119 Aug 1942
HMS Abdiel (M 39)Capt.Minelayer10 Oct 194210 Sep 1943

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Light cruiser HMS Diomede (D 92)


18 Jun 1941 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Diomede (Capt. D. Orr-Ewing, RN) departed Bermuda to make rendezvous with the captured German supply vessel / tanker Lothringen (10746 GRT, built 1940) and escort her to Bermuda. (1)

19 Jun 1941 (position 0.00, 0.00)
In the early evening, HMS Diomede (Capt. D. Orr-Ewing, RN), made rendezvous with the captured German supply vessel / tanker Lothringen (10746 GRT, built 1940). (2)

21 Jun 1941
HMS Diomede (Capt. D. Orr-Ewing, RN) and the captured German supply vessel / tanker Lothringen (10746 GRT, built 1940) arrived at Bermuda.

HMS Diomede is then taken in hand for refit. (1)

13 Aug 1941 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Diomede (Capt. D. Orr-Ewing, RN) is docked at Bermuda. (3)

16 Aug 1941 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Diomede (Capt. D. Orr-Ewing, RN) is undocked. (3)

28 Aug 1941 (position 0.00, 0.00)
With her refit completed, HMS Diomede (Capt. D. Orr-Ewing, RN), departed Bermuda to patrol around position 20°00'N, 60°00'W to provide cover for individually routed merchant ships. (4)

29 Aug 1941 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Diomede (Capt. D. Orr-Ewing, RN) arrived back at Bermuda with defects. (4)

4 Sep 1941
During the night of 4/5 September 1941, HMS Diomede (Capt. D. Orr-Ewing, RN) and HMS Caradoc (Capt. J.S. Bethell, RN) conducted exercises off Bermuda. The exercises continued until the afternoon of the 5th. (5)

6 Sep 1941
HMS Diomede (Capt. D. Orr-Ewing, RN, flying the flag of Vice-Admiral C.E. Kennedy-Purvis, KCB, RN) departed Bermuda for Port of Spain, Trinidad. (5)

9 Sep 1941
HMS Diomede (Capt. D. Orr-Ewing, RN, flying the flag of Vice-Admiral C.E. Kennedy-Purvis, KCB, RN) arrived at Port of Spain, Trinidad. (5)

12 Sep 1941
HMS Diomede (Capt. D. Orr-Ewing, RN, flying the flag of Vice-Admiral C.E. Kennedy-Purvis, KCB, RN) departed Port of Spain, Trinidad for St.Lucia. (6)

13 Sep 1941
HMS Diomede (Capt. D. Orr-Ewing, RN, flying the flag of Vice-Admiral C.E. Kennedy-Purvis, KCB, RN) paid visits to St. Lucia and Dominica. (6)

14 Sep 1941
HMS Diomede (Capt. D. Orr-Ewing, RN, flying the flag of Vice-Admiral C.E. Kennedy-Purvis, KCB, RN) paid a visit to Antigua. She then set course for Bermuda. (6)

16 Sep 1941 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Diomede (Capt. D. Orr-Ewing, RN, flying the flag of Vice-Admiral C.E. Kennedy-Purvis, KCB, RN) arrived at Bermuda. (6)

19 Sep 1941 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Diomede (Capt. D. Orr-Ewing, RN) departed Bermuda for Kingston, Jamaica. (6)

22 Sep 1941 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Diomede (Capt. D. Orr-Ewing, RN) arrived at Kingston, Jamaica. (6)

23 Sep 1941 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Diomede (Capt. D. Orr-Ewing, RN) departed Kingston, Jamaica for Colon, Panama. (6)

25 Sep 1941 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Diomede (Capt. D. Orr-Ewing, RN) passed the Panama Canal westbound and arrived at Balboa. (6)

26 Sep 1941 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Diomede (Capt. D. Orr-Ewing, RN) departed Balboa for San Diego, California, USA. (6)

4 Oct 1941 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Diomede (Capt. D. Orr-Ewing, RN) arrived at San Diego, California, USA. (7)

5 Oct 1941 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Diomede (Capt. D. Orr-Ewing, RN) departed San Diego for Escquimalt. (7)

8 Oct 1941 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Diomede (Capt. D. Orr-Ewing, RN) arrived at Escquimalt. (7)

15 Oct 1941 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Diomede (Capt. D. Orr-Ewing, RN) departed Escquimalt for San Francisco, California, USA. (7)

17 Oct 1941 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Diomede (Capt. D. Orr-Ewing, RN) arrived at San Francisco, California, USA. (7)

18 Oct 1941 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Diomede (Capt. D. Orr-Ewing, RN) departed San Francisco, California, USA for patrol. (8)

25 Oct 1941 (position 0.00, 0.00)
Early in the afternoon, HMS Diomede (Capt. D. Orr-Ewing, RN), fuelled from the RFA tanker Orangeleaf (5927 GRT, built 1917) in position 12°01'N, 92°48'W. (8)

4 Nov 1941 (position 0.00, 0.00)
In the morning, HMS Diomede (Capt. D. Orr-Ewing, RN), fuelled from the RFA tanker Orangeleaf (5927 GRT, built 1917) north of the Galapagos Islands in approximate position 01°24'N, 91°12'W. (9)

7 Nov 1941 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Diomede (Capt. D. Orr-Ewing, RN) arrived at Balboa, Panama. (10)

8 Nov 1941 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Diomede (Capt. D. Orr-Ewing, RN) departed Balboa, Panama to patrol west of the Galapagos Islands. (10)

14 Nov 1941 (position 0.00, 0.00)
In the morning, HMS Diomede (Capt. D. Orr-Ewing, RN), fuelled from the RFA tanker Orangeleaf (5927 GRT, built 1917) west of the Galapagos Islands in approximate position 00°12'N, 101°18'W. (9)

18 Nov 1941 (position 0.00, 0.00)
In the morning, HMS Diomede (Capt. D. Orr-Ewing, RN), fuelled from the RFA tanker Orangeleaf (5927 GRT, built 1917) west of the Galapagos Islands in approximate position 00°40'N, 100°20'W. (9)

22 Nov 1941 (position 0.00, 0.00)
In the morning, HMS Diomede (Capt. D. Orr-Ewing, RN), fuelled from the RFA tanker Orangeleaf (5927 GRT, built 1917) south of the Galapagos Islands in approximate position 02°30'S, 91°24'W. (9)

24 Nov 1941 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Diomede (Capt. D. Orr-Ewing, RN) arrived at Talara, Peru. (9)

25 Nov 1941 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Diomede (Capt. D. Orr-Ewing, RN) departed Talara to resume her patrol off the Galapagos Islands. (9)

10 Dec 1941 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Diomede (Capt. D. Orr-Ewing, RN) arrived at Balboa, Panama from patrol. (9)

13 Dec 1941 (position 0.00, 0.00)
Around 1600R/13, the British light cruiser HMS Diomede (Capt. D. Orr-Ewing, RN) departed Balboa to escort the Norwegian transport Ferncliff (4333 GRT, built 1924) to the Galapagos Islands where the Americans were building a base on Seymour Island.

Around 1100R/14, the American light cruiser Richmond (Capt. J.H. Brown, Jr., USN) joined company followed around 1330R/14 by her sister ship Trenton (Capt. A.D. Struble, USN).

Around 0730RS/17, USS Trenton, USS Richmond and the Ferncliff were detached to Seymour Island. HMS Diomede set course to return to Balboa. USS Trenton rejoined her around 1430RS/17 and HMS Richmond did the same around 1600RS/17.

They arrived at Balboa, Panama Canal Zone around 1700R/19. (11)

20 Dec 1941 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Diomede (Capt. D. Orr-Ewing, RN) departed Balboa, transited the Panama Canal eastbound and departed Colon for Bermuda. (11)

24 Dec 1941
HMS Diomede (Capt. D. Orr-Ewing, RN) arrived at Bermuda.

HMS Diomede was in need of repairs to her boilers. (11)

2 Jan 1942 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Diomede (Capt. D. Orr-Ewing, RN) is docked at Bermuda. (12)

15 Jan 1942
HMS Diomede (Capt. D. Orr-Ewing, RN) is undocked. (12)

19 Jan 1942 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Diomede (Capt. D. Orr-Ewing, RN) conducted gunnery exercises off Bermuda. (12)

20 Jan 1942 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Diomede (Capt. D. Orr-Ewing, RN) departed Bermuda for Trinidad. (12)

24 Jan 1942
HMS Diomede (Capt. D. Orr-Ewing, RN) arrived at Trinidad. She came now under American operational control. (12)

2 Feb 1942 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Diomede (Capt. D. Orr-Ewing, RN) conducted exercises off Trinidad. (13)

5 Feb 1942 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Diomede (Capt. D. Orr-Ewing, RN) departed Trinidad for patrol. She is ordered to patrol to the east of Trinidad between 08°00'N to 12°00'N and 37°30'W.

She was to proceed through the following positions 12°00'N, 50°00'W at 1600Z/7. 10°00'N, 40°00'W at 1300Z/9. 08°00'N, 50°00'W at 1000Z/11. ETA to arrive back at Trinidad was 1300Z/13. (13)

13 Feb 1942 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Diomede (Capt. D. Orr-Ewing, RN) returned to Trinidad from patrol around 0900Q/13.

She departed again for another patrol to the east of Trinidad around 1530Q/13. She was to proceed trough positions 12°00'N, 39°00'W at 1800Z/17. 10°00'N, 50°00'W at 1600Z/19. ETA to arrive back at Trinidad was 1800Z/21. (13)

22 Feb 1942 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Diomede (Capt. D. Orr-Ewing, RN) arrived at Trinidad from patrol around 1915Q/22. (13)

23 Feb 1942 (position 0.00, 0.00)
During 23/24 February 1942, HMS Diomede (Capt. D. Orr-Ewing, RN), was at sea off Trinidad, presumably for exercises. (13)

28 Feb 1942
Around 1700Q/28, HMS Diomede (Capt. D. Orr-Ewing, RN), departed Trinidad for patrol which was to end at Recife. (13)

7 Mar 1942 (position 0.00, 0.00)
Around 0900PO/28, HMS Diomede (Capt. D. Orr-Ewing, RN), arrived at Recife from patrol. (13)

8 Mar 1942 (position 0.00, 0.00)
Around 0900PO/8, HMS Diomede (Capt. D. Orr-Ewing, RN), departed Recife for patrol which was to end at Montevideo. (14)

16 Mar 1942 (position 0.00, 0.00)
Around 1000P/8, HMS Diomede (Capt. D. Orr-Ewing, RN), arrived at Montevideo from patrol. (14)

17 Mar 1942 (position 0.00, 0.00)
Around 0930P/17, HMS Diomede (Capt. D. Orr-Ewing, RN), departed Montevideo for patrol. She was ordered to patrol the area to the east of a line drawn between positions 30°00'S, 41°30'W and 40°00'S, 50°00'W. She was ordered to return to Montevideo on 24 March. (14)

24 Mar 1942 (position 0.00, 0.00)
Around 1000P/17, HMS Diomede (Capt. D. Orr-Ewing, RN), returned to Montevideo from patrol. (14)

27 Mar 1942 (position 0.00, 0.00)
Around 1600P/27, HMS Diomede (Capt. D. Orr-Ewing, RN), departed Montivideo for another patrol east of the Rio de la Plata. She was to return to Montivideo on 6 April. (14)

6 Apr 1942 (position 0.00, 0.00)
Around 1600P/6, HMS Diomede (Capt. D. Orr-Ewing, RN), returned to Montevideo from patrol. (15)

15 Apr 1942 (position 0.00, 0.00)
Around 1500P/15, HMS Diomede (Capt. D. Orr-Ewing, RN), departed Montevideo for Port Stanley, Falkland Islands. (15)

19 Apr 1942 (position 0.00, 0.00)
Around 1000Q/19, HMS Diomede (Capt. D. Orr-Ewing, RN), arrived at Port Stanley, Falkland Islands. (15)

20 Apr 1942
Around 1230Q/20, HMS Diomede (Capt. D. Orr-Ewing, RN), departed Port Stanley, Falkland Islands for patrol which was to end at Montevideo on 28 April 1942. (15)

30 Apr 1942 (position 0.00, 0.00)
Around 1030P/30, HMS Diomede (Capt. D. Orr-Ewing, RN), arrived at Montevideo from patrol. (15)

1 May 1942
Around 1000P/1, HMS Diomede (Capt. D. Orr-Ewing, RN), departed Montevideo to patrol to the east of the Rio de la Plata. She was to return around 7 May but this was later amended to 11 May. (16)

12 May 1942 (position 0.00, 0.00)
Around 0930P/12, HMS Diomede (Capt. D. Orr-Ewing, RN), returned to Montivideo from patrol. (16)

14 May 1942 (position 0.00, 0.00)
Around 0930P/14, HMS Diomede (Capt. D. Orr-Ewing, RN), departed Montevideo to patrol to the east of the Rio de la Plata. She was to return around 23 May. (16)

23 May 1942 (position 0.00, 0.00)
Around 1000P/23, HMS Diomede (Capt. D. Orr-Ewing, RN), returned to Montevideo from patrol. (16)

31 May 1942 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Diomede (Capt. D. Orr-Ewing, RN) conducted engine trials off Montevideo. (16)

6 Jun 1942
HMS Diomede (Capt. D. Orr-Ewing, RN) was released from the American Task Force 23 and reverted to British control. For the moment she had to remain at Montivideo to complete repairs to her main engines. On completion of these repairs she was to proceed to the UK to refit. (17)

25 Jun 1942
HMS Diomede (Capt. D. Orr-Ewing, RN) departed Montevideo for Recife. (17)

1 Jul 1942
HMS Diomede (Capt. D. Orr-Ewing, RN) arrived at Recife. (18)

2 Jul 1942
HMS Diomede (Capt. D. Orr-Ewing, RN) departed Recife for Freetown. (18)

7 Jul 1942
HMS Diomede (Capt. D. Orr-Ewing, RN) arrived at Freetown. (18)

8 Jul 1942
HMS Diomede (Capt. D. Orr-Ewing, RN) departed Freetown for Gibraltar. (18)

14 Jul 1942
HMS Diomede (Capt. D. Orr-Ewing, RN) arrived at Gibraltar. She departed for Rosyth later the same day. (18)

20 Jul 1942 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Diomede (Capt. D. Orr-Ewing, RN) arrived at Rosyth where she subsequently was taken in hand for refit and machinery repairs.

It was originally estimated that these would be completed in December 1942. However delays occured to to priority been given to other work. (19)


Minelayer HMS Abdiel (M 39)


1 Dec 1942
Between December 1942 and April 1943 HMS Abdiel, in cooperation with the British mine laying submarine HMS Rorqual and Abdiels sister ship HMS Welshman laid several minefields, totalling some 2.000 mines, in the Sicilian Channel.

9 Jan 1943
Lays one of the fields mentioned above, athwart the Axis evacuation routes from Tunisia.
Later the same day an Italian convoy found the field and loses the destroyer Corsaro (1645 tons), while the destroyer Maestrale (1440 tons) is severely damaged.

3 Feb 1943
Another Italian convoy fouls one her minefields, this one south of Marettimo island, off the western tip of Sicily, losing the destroyer Saetta (1225 tons) and the torpedo boat Uragano (910 tons).

3 Apr 1943
Lays a minefield between the Italian fields X-2 and X-3 (whose location was known to the Allies through ULTRA intercepts and captured documents). On 7 March another convoy fouls the field, losing the Italian torpedo boat Ciclone (910 tons).

Sources

  1. ADM 53/114122 + ADM 199/402
  2. ADM 53/114122
  3. ADM 53/114124
  4. ADM 53/114124 + ADM 199/402
  5. ADM 53/114125
  6. ADM 53/114125 + ADM 199/402
  7. ADM 53/114126 + ADM 199/402
  8. ADM 53/114126
  9. ADM 53/114127
  10. ADM 53/114127 + ADM 199/402
  11. ADM 53/114128
  12. ADM 53/115801
  13. ADM 53/115802
  14. ADM 53/115803
  15. ADM 53/115804
  16. ADM 53/115805
  17. ADM 53/115806
  18. ADM 53/115807
  19. ADM 53/115807 + ADM 199/2552

ADM numbers indicate documents at the British National Archives at Kew, London.


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