Phillips, Peter Charles Hunter (No. 1312411)

Phillips, Peter Charles Hunter

Sergeant (Air Gunner)

No. 1312411, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve

Killed in an aircraft accident on Thursday 9 July 1942 (aged 21)

Buried:

Newtownards (Movilla) Cemetery, Co. Down (Section 28 Protestant Plot Grave 82)

Commemorated:

Commonwealth War Graves Commission

BIOGRAPHY

Sergeant (Air Gunner) Peter Charles Hunter Phillips (No. 1312411) was 21 when he was killed on 9 July 1942 during a training flight.  His Boulton Paul Defiant night fighter aircraft (N3402) of 1480 Flight based at RAF Newtownards crashed to the ground to the east of Lough Mourne (the largest of the reservoirs in Woodburn Forest near Carrickfergus).  Also killed was the Polish Pilot, Kapral Henryk Komenda.

Both men were buried in Movilla Cemetery, Newtownards.

Peter Charles Hunter Phillips’s effects amounted to some £1,987 and probate was granted to his paternal uncle, Colonel (retired) John Alfred Steele Phillips.

Sergeant Phillips’s home address was Claremount Street, Fimbarrus Road, Fowey, Cornwall.

Peter Charles Hunter Phillips was a son of Hunter Inniss (sometimes Innis, sometimes Innes) Phillips and Elsie Phillips (nee Milner) who were married on 28 December 1907 in Meerut, Bengal, India.

Hunter Inniss Phillips was a banker and he and Elsie Phillips (nee Milner) had three children:

John David Hunter Phillips (born around 1909)

Neil Seymour Hunter (born around 1911)

Peter Charles Hunter (born around 1920)

There are records of the Phillips family travelling between India and England during the 1920s:

  • Calcutta to London aboard the SS Matiana in May 1927 (father, mother and their three sons)
  • London to Bombay aboard the SS Rawalpindi in September 1927 (father only)

Hunter Innes Phillips died and was buried in Patna, Bengal, India on 28 November 1929 (aged 49).

Sergeant (Air Gunner) Peter Charles Hunter Phillips’s brother, Neil Seymour Hunter Phillips, was also killed during the Second World War:

Warrant Officer II Neil Seymour Hunter Phillips (No. R/79163) served with 107 (RAF) Squadron, Royal Canadian Air Force and died on 7 November 1942 (aged 32).  He was one of a crew of four aboard a Douglas Boston III aircraft (Z2157) that took off from RAF Great Massingham on a bombing mission to Courtrai.  The aircraft collided with overhead electrical cables and crashed near Wevelgem, Belgium.

Warrant Officer II Neil Seymour Hunter Phillips (No. R/79163) was buried in Wevelgem Communal Cemetery (Grave E. 434) and there is an inscription on his CWGC headstone:

HE DIED THAT WE MIGHT LIVE

The other three crew members, who were all killed, were:

  • Flying Officer Walter Barfod (No. 48726) aged 29 from Pateley Bridge, Yorkshire
  • Squadron Leader Philip Rex Barr (No. 39482) from Salisbury, Wiltshire
  • Pilot Officer Thomas Trotter (No. 121213) aged 27 from Glasgow

They too were buried in in Wevelgem Communal Cemetery, Belgium.