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    Default 73 Sqn Loss France 31 Octber 1939

    All can anyone ID the pilot and Serial of the Hurricane that Sgt Pilot G H Philips who was flying with 73 Sqn. The Hurricane coded 'B' on Patrol. He bailed out after being hit by flak over Bouzanville-Saarguemines area am on 31 October 1939

    Note: He is listed as 'H G' Phillips in Fighter Command Losses Vol 1 (Edition 2) and Air Pictorial, Volume 51 1989. Irvin lists him as 'G H' Phillips as does the IWM Photo Collection

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    Paul,

    580254/48021 George Haddon 'Phil' PHILLIPS.

    Wounded in France, grounded after recovery in UK (to A&SD). Croix de Guerre. Survived war as Flt Lt. Retired as Major, Army Education Branch. Died 1989, aged 78.

    See:
    The History of No.73 Squadron. Part I 1917 to November 1940.
    Minterne,Don
    Dorchester:Author,1994.
    p.251.

    Unfortunately, Don Minterne does not identify Phillip's Hurricane, nor does Christopher Shores in Fledgling Eagles (p.96).

    Col.
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    Col

    Thanks as always!

    Looks like 73 Sqn Hurricane France 1939/1940 Serial tie up is the holy grail

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    Hurricane L1962. Abandoned when engine set alight by French AA fire during patrol between Saarguemines and Bouzonville and crashed at Boulay-Moselle. Sergeant George Haddon Phillips baled out at 3,000 feet over Inglange and badly injured leg hitting the tailplane. Aircraft TP*B a write-off.

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    Peter

    Looks like you have sorted out some of the Holy Grail..

    Have you confirmed Cobber Kains aircraft on March 26 1940 ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by paulmcmillan View Post
    Peter

    Have you confirmed Cobber Kains aircraft on March 26 1940 ?
    Other than it crashed at Haute Sierck I regret not as yet. Any thoughts ?

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    No thoughts I am afraid...

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    Default 73 Sqn Loss France 31 Octber 1939

    If that is the case what a/c was Sgt L.J.W. Humphries crashing on March 12th 1940?? It is noted as L1962 "D" in Fighter Command Losses.

    John Engelsted

    Quote Originally Posted by Peter Cornwell View Post
    Hurricane L1962. Abandoned when engine set alight by French AA fire during patrol between Saarguemines and Bouzonville and crashed at Boulay-Moselle. Sergeant George Haddon Phillips baled out at 3,000 feet over Inglange and badly injured leg hitting the tailplane. Aircraft TP*B a write-off.

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    John,

    I regret to say that in my experience that particular source is unreliable. As you can see:

    Hurricane N2364. Dived vertically from 25,000 feet and crashed 2 km east of St-Privat-la-Montaigne, north-west of Metz, 1.50 p.m. Probable victim of oxygen failure. Pilot Officer Lloyd George Bishop killed. Aircraft a write-off.

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    Default 73 Sqn Loss France 31 Octber 1939

    Do you have an a/c for Sgt L.J.W. Humphries ? Same date.

    John

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