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The Airmen's Stories - Sgt. A Phillips


Austin Phillips enlisted in the RAF in November 1935 as an Aircrafthand. At some time he volunteered for aircrew duties, became a Radar Operator and joined 604 Squadron at Middle Wallop in early August 1940.

He flew only one operational sortie in the Battle of Britain period, on 15th October.


604 Squadron 1941.

L to R: AC1 B Cannon, Sgt. A Phillips, unknown, unknown, unknown, Sgt. NH Guthrie, Sgt. AA O'Leary, unknown, Sgt. DG Moody.

Above image courtesy of the Chris Goss Collection.


In the early hours of 17th June 1941 Phillips was in a Beaufighter of 604 Squadron, probably captained by P/O WM Gossland. A He111 was intercepted and shot down, crashing at Maiden Bradley, Wiltshire.

His subsequent service is currently undocumented but it is believed that he survived the war.




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