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|75k||William Ellison "Bill" Pennewill was born in Dover, Del. on 20 February 1907. Following his graduation from Dover High School he was appointed Midshipman
on 18 June 1925. He was commissioned Ensign 06 June 1929 and reported for duty under instruction in flying, at the Naval Air Station, Pensacola, Fla. His next duty was in
Salt Lake City, then with Scouting Squadron 10-S, aboard Chicago. On 07 March 1932 he reported for duty with the Aircraft Scouting Force until 02 June 1934,
when he was transferred to Bombing Squadron 3-B, aboard Ranger. He returned to the Naval Air Station, Pensacola and on 02 August 1941 joined the 16th Bombardment Wing. After
serving at the Savannah Air Base, Savannah, Ga., until 06 March 1942, he was assigned duty involving flying in connection with the fitting out of Escort Scouting Squadron Twelve. On 29
May 1942, as Lieutenant Commander, he was in command of the squadron and while serving in this capacity, was killed, 23 June 1942, as a result of an airplane crash, while on duty at the
Naval Air Station, Kodiak, Alaska. He was posthumously awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross for outstanding achievement in aerial flight in contact with the enemy, for leading his
inexperienced squadron in a series of remarkable flights over strange terrain and through most severe weather conditions, and for gallantly giving his life in the service of his country.
He was also awarded the Purple Heart by a grateful nation.
USS Pennewill (DE 175) (1943-1944) was the first ship to be named in his honor.
|40k||October 1943: as seen in her original configuration||-|
|49k||date / location unknown: ex-USS Pennewill as the CT Bertioga (D-21), in service with the Brazilian Navy.
(Official Brazilian Navy Photo)
|Luiz Brazil Cotta|
FT3 (Ret. Brazilian Navy)
|49k||variation of the above photo||Bob Hurst|
England, United Kingdom
|View the USS Pennewill (DE 175) DANFS history entry located on the Naval History and Heritage Command web site.|
|Pennewill's Commanding Officers
Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves
|Dates of Command||Commanding Officers|
|1.) 15 Sep. 1943 - 01 Aug. 1944||Lcdr. John Edward Allen, USNR (Comm. / Decomm. CO) (Oswego, N.Y.)|
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