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Ens Albert Dillon Sturtevant

Ens Albert Dillon Sturtevant

Birth
District Of Columbia, USA
Death 15 Feb 1918 (aged 23)
At Sea
Burial Body lost at sea, Specifically: Shot down in aerial combat by German aircraft over the North Sea.
Memorial ID 35855570 · View Source
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s/o Charles Lyon [1867-1934] and Bessie (Dillon) [1869-1917] Sturtevant, both of Washington, D.C.

Ensign A. D. Sturtevant, USNRF, was designated Naval Aviator #77 in 1917. Based at RAF station, Felixstowe, England with a British operating squadron in Dec. 1917.

Became the first U.S. Naval Aviator to die due to enemy action. Awarded the Navy Cross (posthumous) for his actions in making offensive patrol flights over the North Sea.

Member of the first group of "First Yale Unit"; Yale students who learned to fly at their own expense prior to the U.S. entry into the World War.

The WW II destroyer escort USS STURTEVANT (DE-23) named in his honor.

Albert's remains were never recovered, but his name appears on a memorial to the American pilots at Brookwood American Cametery, Surrey, England.


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Gravesite Details Photo from Albuqurque Firefly 1/17/2011

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  • Maintained by: Find A Grave
  • Originally Created by: Mike Weeks
  • Added: 14 Apr 2009
  • Find A Grave Memorial 35855570
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Ens Albert Dillon Sturtevant (2 May 1894–15 Feb 1918), Find A Grave Memorial no. 35855570, ; Maintained by Find A Grave (contributor 8) Body lost at sea, who reports a Shot down in aerial combat by German aircraft over the North Sea..