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RAF Casualty 2/Lieut. T. Phillips


Tom Morgan
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I've been asked to give some advice to a WW1 flyer's family who want to visit his grave and the general area he was flying over when he was killed.

I hasten to add that they have not employed me to guide them, and I'm not trying to get someone else to do my work for me! It just seems a shame to say "I can't really tell you very much" when there are almost certainly people here who could tell them a great deal.

So, if anyone with specialised knowledge of RAF casualty issues can recommend any books or maps which the family might find useful, I'll pass the info on to them with due acknowledgements.

This what they know already:

Tom Phillips was a flying officer with the RAF taking 'obliques' and was shot down in his R.E.8 on the 13 October 1918.

From the Public Records Office it's know he flew from an airdrome at Savy and an advanced landing ground at Inchy.

His squadron, the 52nd. were operating over the Sensee canal having previously been co-operating with the Canadians up to the time the Drocourt-Queant line was broken. From Tom's observer it's known Tom was shot by a single shot from the ground and that he, the observer, landed the plane in no-man's land and got back safely.

Tom was buried about 1 mile north west of Avesnes-le-Sec, on the Houdrain road. His grave was marked by a simple cross made from the propeller of his plane. He was subsequently moved to Auberchicourt British Cemetery, West of Denain, in plot 2,row 'C', grave 5.

Tom

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Tom

Have they tried the casualty section at RAF Innsworth near Gloucester, or the Air History branch in London?

Regards

John

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All I can add is that his aircraft was serial number C2499 and that his observer was 2/Lt K.W.Howie who was wounded in his escape.

Taken from 'Airmen Died....'

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Terry,

I would float this one out on The Aerodrome web-site. If anyone can help, they can. See

http://www.theaerodrome.com/

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Hedley

I agree that the site you mention is an excellent resource.

Despite being an aviation anorak all my life (long before I had heard of WW1!), I have never been that interested in military aerial stuff - just those nasty commercial things that inhabit Heathrow etc.

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Terry

If you had to fix them at 4 in the morning, outside, in below freezing weather, you would soon lose the interest!!

Seriously I was not aware of the aerodrome site. Another great resource.

John.

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Thanks to all who replied to this thread. I passed on some very helpful information to 2/Lieut. Phillips's family and they have asked me to pass on their thanks too.

Tom

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