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    Default Philip Burwood Crisp, DFC (187751)

    Hello,

    I am looking for more information on Pilot Officer Philip Burwood Crisp.
    So far, I have only been able to find three mentions in The Gazette and a basic profile on the 158 Squadron Page.
    I would like to know if there were any significant achievements from the Rees Crew and any mentions/accounts of Philip B. Crisp would be appreciated.
    Also any dates of birth, death, school attended and etc. would be very helpful because everyone in Rees' crew survived the war only Crisp's profile showing 'FATE UNKNOWN'.
    Actually a photo of P.B. Crisp would be amazing!

    Forename(s): Philip Burwood
    Surname: Crisp
    Rank: Pilot Officer
    Trade: Air Bomber
    Posting: Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve
    Squadron Info: 158 Squadron from 18th July 1944 {41 Base}
    Squadron based at RAF Lissett, Yorkshire (Feb. 1943 - Aug. 1945)
    Service No.: 187751
    Awards: Distinguished Flying Cross awarded on 27th March 1945 (no detail in Gazette)
    Presumed operation aircraft: Handley Page Halifax Bomber Mk. III
    Crew colleagues: [Rees Crew]

    175795 - REES, STANLEY ERNEST [Pilot] {DFC} Survived War
    187751 - CRISP, PHILIP BURWOOD [Air Bomber] {DFC} FATE UNKNOWN
    1170350 - PARTRIDGE, W C [Air Gunner] Survived War
    1522046 - SPEAKMAN, WILLIAM LESLIE [Navigator] Survived War
    914848 - STOKES, ALFRED S [Air Gunner] Survived War
    1850496 - TUNGATT, ROY ALFRED OLIVER [Flight Engineer] Survived War
    159955 - WIGGINS, SIDNEY ANTHONY [Wireless Operator] {DFC} Survived War

    With best wishes,

    yeoldbarn
    Last edited by yeoldbarn; 12th August 2020 at 13:22.

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    Default Re: Philip Burwood Crisp, DFC (187751)

    Hello,

    Born 9 September 1920, Sunderland, Co. Durham. Parents Frederick William Crisp and Louisa Davis.

    Deceased 15 April 2001, Durham.

    Seems to have spent some time in Florida in the 1950s.

    Regards,

    Dave

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    Default Re: Philip Burwood Crisp, DFC (187751)

    Dave beat me to it with his personal details, but his D.F.C. was reported briefly in the Yorkshire Post, Tuesday March 7th 1945 along with a few other North East airmen's awards. I can't seem to find it reported in any North East newspapers, however.

    Air Ministry Bulletin 18027 gives the following [courtesy of the 158 Sqn archivist]:
    "Pilot Officer Crisp has, throughout numerous sorties, displayed coolness and courage under fire. In September 1944, while attacking the synthetic oil plant at Gelsenkirchen/Nordstorm, his aircraft was subjected to intense anti-aircraft fire. Damage was sustained but, undeterred by the accuracy of the enemy's fire, this officer continued to guide his captain to the target, and the mission was completed successfully. Pilot Officer Crisp's efficiency and unfailing devotion to duty have won him the full confidence of his crew."

    Regards

    Simon
    Last edited by wwrsimon; 12th August 2020 at 14:12.
    Researching R.A.F. personnel from the North East of England

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    Default Re: Philip Burwood Crisp, DFC (187751)

    Thank you, Dave and Simon. I went through the 158 Squadron ORB from Sep. 1944. Luckily, the Sep. 1944 log was available in 'records' form as well. I will upload it onto this thread in due course.

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