22nd September 2008 16:57
Sgt Horace Phillips - 562840 - Died 21/3/40 - 219 Sqd
Could some kind soul provide information on the above Airman namely:-
Aircraft flown/flown in;
Serial No and Code;
Sgt Phillips is buried in Catterick Cemetery
22nd September 2008 17:16
Probably Blenheim L1117 of 219 Sqn which crashed at Cockayne Ridge, Kirbymoorside, Yorks on this date
22nd September 2008 17:19
22nd September 2008 17:22
See Rich Allenby's site at
It's the best place to look for North Yorkshire crashes
22nd September 2008 17:44
Warner's Blenheim confirms Phillips as the pilot of L1117, killed in the accident already described. Of the other 2 crew one,AC1 F Prosser died with him, and the Nav/Obs Sgt V Gee, died later of injuries. CWGC do not have Gee in 1940 but he is there with a D-o-D of 21/3/41 and a death of that name is registered in 2nd Qtr of1941 at Chichester which would be right for Tangmere where 219 were based by then. I suspect that Warner may have picked the wrong date for Gee and placed him on the wrong a/c, as in 1941 219 were flying Beaufighters although they did retain some Blenheims.
Knowing your interest in Welsh casualties were you aware that Prosser was also Welsh? He is buried at Garndiffaith(St Johns) Burial Ground and was the the son of Alfred and Ellen Prosser of Pontnewynydd(CWGC). There is more detail on Prosser on Rich Allenby's site and he confirms that the Blenheim only had a crew of 2 which I think was the norm for a Mk IF
Last edited by Dick; 22nd September 2008 at 19:07.
24th September 2008 00:10
Thanks for the information regarding Sgt Phillips, very interesting and certainly, I will take a look at the website quoted and check up on Airman Prosser, thanks for the prompts much appreciated.
Cheers and regards.
24th September 2008 08:38
Noticed this posting and the link to my website. Im in contact with Phillips' neice and via her his widow.
The AM1180 for L1117 states there were 2 on the aircraft and this was Phillips and Prosser. Gee was NOT on the aircraft and likewise the ORB has the same info.
There was a memorial planned for the crew of L1117 and the other losses around Bransdale on the North Yorkshire Moors, whether this is developed I dont know however but its not on the ground.
Hope this helps, regards Rich Allenby
24th September 2008 08:40
Steve, if you want more info email me via the links on my website and i will gladly send you what I have.
Regards Rich Allenby
25th September 2008 00:51
I have left a personnel message for you, it will explain why when you read it.