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    Hello all,
    Wondering if anybody can help me.
    Am looking for information regards the following airmen who survived the crash of Beaufighter T5282.
    Sgt Pilot Eric Philips ( Service No 1294788 ) and Sgt Observer Alan Crofton ( Service No 656582 ).
    Any info regards possible family who may still be alive etc would be greatly appreciated.
    Ta.

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    Hello

    Another thread from the mists of time, but the 236 Squadorn ORB Form 540 has the following:

    January 20th 1943
    Beaufighter T5282 ‘X’
    Aircraft X, Captain, Sgt. Philips and Nav/W. Sgt Crofton when on their way back to North Coates flew into poor weather conditions and at the same time had trouble with the starboard engine which eventually failed causing the pilot to make a crash landing at Wheatstack [sic - Wheat Stack?] in Berwick, to avoid flying into a hill, the aircraft on landing immediately burst into flames, the pilot being unhurt. His navigator received a dislocated shoulder and was admitted to sick hospital at Edinburgh.


    Sgt. Crofton is Alain John Waymann Crofton, D.F.C., born Sunderland in 1920, who gained his award for flying 84 recce Ops with 540 (PR) Squadron. After the war he flew aerial survey flights over Europe and Norway, before he joined the R.N.Z.A.F., flying with 75 Squadron and 42 Squadron. He died in New Zealand in 1987.

    Info from 'By Such Deeds' by C. M. Hanson, courtesy of the Air Force Museum of New Zealand.

    Regards

    Simon

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    Brandy Annie (et al),
    Eric Phillips (note spelling. 2 x 'l', 1 x 'p')
    b. 1922 (poss?). Don’t know. Several possibilities in S Wales – Enlisted Penarth, and Retired 1982 at age 60(?) - see below.
    24 Feb 1941 Poss date of Enlistment 1294788 in Block 1250001-1299800 RAFVR Penarth 20-Jan-41 to 28-Feb-41. (Age 18/19?).
    9 Aug1943. 1294788 Flt Sgt Eric PHILLIPS Cmd Plt Off(p) (159056) RAFVR GD
    11 Feb 1944 Prom Fg Off.
    14 Apr 1944 Award DFC Flying Officer Eric PHILLIPS (159056), RAFVR, 236 Sqn.
    11 Aug 1945 Prom Flt Lt
    9 Oct 1950 PC (in RAF) As Flying Officer, short service (eight years on the active list and four years on the reserve):— Eric PHILLIPS, D.F.C. (159056). (seniority 29th Sept. 1948).
    4 Dec 1952 Prom to Flt Lt
    1 Jun 1953 Award QUEEN'S COMMENDATION FOR VALUABLE SERVICE IN THE AIR
    28th Sep. 1968 Retirement from RAF Flt Lt E. PHILLIPS, D.F.C. (159056).
    2 Sep 1973 ROYAL AIR FORCE VOLUNTEER RESERVE (TRAINING BRANCH)
    Appointment to Commission As Flying Officer (Four Years) : Eric PHILLIPS (159056).
    2 Sep 1982 Cmd Relinquished Fg Off E, PHILLIPS, D.F.C. (159056) (Aged 60?)
    Can't find his BMDs - too many Eric Phillips'!!! If still with us he'd be 97!!
    HTH
    Peter Davies
    Last edited by Resmoroh; 7th November 2019 at 13:10. Reason: QSD
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    Thanks Peter

    Apologies for not spelling Phillips correctly - the ORB Form 541 has "Phillips" and the Form 540 has "Philips."

    Both have 2 x 'P', but not necessarily together...!

    Regards

    Simon

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