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USS Essex

27th Apr 1940 Training

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Those known to have sailed in

USS Essex

during the Second World War 1939-1945.

  • Jones Roy Edward.
  • Morley Arthur Henry. Pte. (d.11th June 1944)
  • Wright Sidney William. Cpl.

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Roy Edward Jones USS Windham Bay

I have been researching the death of my uncle Ensign Roy Jones, USNR, who died during WWII. I first discovered he was on the Escort Carrier USS Windham Bay. When there was no mention of his death in the deck log of that craft, I researched more to find he had been transferred to the USS Admiralty Islands. The deck log of that ship states that on 18th of April 1945 at 1449 - F6F from USS Essex crashed into catwalk on port side after a wave-off and went over the side amidships. Plane guard reports no survivor. The pilot was Ensign Roy E. Jones 395853, A1, USNR. I am wondering if he was assigned to the Essex as a replacement pilot while the Essex was supporting the Okinawa Campaign, but find no mention of him on the USS Essex website as a pilot. Or, might he have been returning a damaged aircraft to the Admiralty Islands for repair, and unable to successfully land the crippled aircraft? I hope that one of the veterans who read this many have some additional information. Your assistance would mean the world to me.

Keith Anderson

Pte. Arthur Henry Morley 2nd Btn. Essex Rgt. (d.11th June 1944)

My great uncle, Pte. Arthur Henry Morley, was born around 1919 and died on 11th June 1944 during the landings after D-day. He is commemorated on the Bayeux Memorial, XIV.D.6.


If your great uncle was killed with the 2nd Essex on 11th June 1944 he was certainly a casualty of the first big battle of his battalion in the Normandy campaign. This bitter fight was near the villages of Verrieres and Lingevres and there were 15 memebrs of his battalion killed in action on that fateful day and quite a number of wounded. They even renamed the local wood "Essex Wood" in honour of the regiment. There was a memorial unveiled for that particular action on 7th June 2004 in the presence of several veterans of the Essex Regiment. (Francis Huijbrechts)


Cpl. Sidney William Wright 2nd Btn. Essex Regiment

1940 in France, 2nd from right front row

Sidney Wright served with the 2nd Btn. Essex Regiment.

Colin Wright

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