August 17. Tony Lovell, decorated WW2 air ace. Roll of Honour

Wing Commander Anthony Lovell (second from left) was a decorated ace who served in the Royal Air Force during the Battle of Britain and throughout the war. He died on 17/08/1945 only three days after the surrender of Japan. His remains rest in Ballywillan Cemetery, Portrush. His brother, Stuart James Lovell, also died on service. Ten entries in today’s Roll were killed during the very difficult fighting at Passchendaele in 1917. One was George Graham from Dervock was a Second Lieutenant with the Royal Dublin Fusiliers, having been commissioned from QUB Training Corps. He is remembered on Tyne Cot Memorial, Ballymoney WM, and Carncullagh Presbyterian Church RH. Today’s Veteran is Lieutenant-Colonel Adam Desmond Woods M.C. and Bar. Colonel Woods was serving with the Royal Ulster Rifles in Palestine during 1938 when he won the Military Cross. He was awarded a Bar to his M.C. in Italy in 1944. In the assault on the fortified village of Sinagogga, Woods took part of his company in ahead of the tanks, under intense small arms and shellfire, and neutralised the German anti-tank weapons. He died on 17/08/2002.

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