dvosburgh Posted 12 June , 2019 Share Posted 12 June , 2019 In Sagittarius Rising Cecil Lewis repeatedly mentions his close friend and observer in No 3 Squadron, who he only refers to as "Pip". In Book II, "The Somme", he writes In September I went on leave; Pip carried on with another pilot. One morning, on the dawn patrol, they, flying low in the arc of our own gunfire, intercepted a passing shell. The machine and both boys were blown to bits. Later, he writes that when he returned from leave he asked the orderly in the mess "And Pip and Kidd?" I was almost frightened to ask. "Done in last night. Direct hit. One of our own shells. Battery rang up to apologize..." According to a post I found on The Aerodrome, the casualty list for No 3 in the autumn of 1916 show a Morane BB, serial 5178, lost to AA on 12 October, the crew consisting of 2LT L.C. Kidd, MC, and 2LT F.E.S. Philips, MC. So I'm assuming that "Pip" was, in fact, said 2nd Lieutenant Philips. But you know what they say about assuming anything. Does anyone have any contrary/supporting/supplementary information? I'd love to hear it if so. TIA, Dave Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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