Died: 12th December 1943; age: 23.
Residence: 9, Humber Doucy Lane, Ipswich.
Rank: Flying Officer; Service Number: 136668
Regiment: Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve, 143 Squadron.
Relatives Notified & Address: Adopted son of Mrs. J.M. Bentler, of Ipswich.
Adopted father: Arthur Eden Bentley, born 1866, Paddington, Middlesex – died May 1944, at 9, Humber Doucy Lane, Ipswich.
Adopted mother: Jessie Mary Bentley (nee Beckingham), born 1883, Heavitree, Devon.
12th December 1943
Aircraft: Bristol Beaufighter MkX; serial number: JM132(T); based: R.A.F. Portreath, Cornwall. JM132 took-off at 12:00hrs with five other Beaufighters for an Interceptor Patrol over the Bay of Biscay. At 14:20hrs while flying at 3,000ft, approximately 230 miles from base the Beaufighters were surprised by five Junkers JU88’s. Before the R.A.F. aircraft could take any action two of them, JM132 and JM158 (F/O R.J. Scott & F/L S.A.Tucker) had been shot down. In the ensuring battle the remaining four Beaufighters turned on the JU88’s claiming three shot down down and a fourth damaged.
Albert Cyril Lewin Phillips; Flight Sergeant/Navigator; age 34; R.A.F.V.R.
Aircraft information courtesy of John Allan
Michael is also remembered on the Ipswich School Chapel war memorial, and at Rushmere St. Andrew, Suffolk.