Photograph courtesy of Sharyn – Australia Virtual War Memorial – https://vwma.org.au/explore/people/510534


Born: 10th July 1914, Adelaide, South Australia, Australia.

Died: 28th May 1941; age: 26; aircraft crashed at Little Bealings, Suffolk.

Residence: Payneham, South Australia.

Occupation: Bank Officer.

Enlistment date: 27th May 1940, at Adelaide, South Australia.


Rank: Pilot Officer; Service Number: 407079.

Regiment: Royal Australian Air Force, No. 3 Squadron (R.A.F.).


Grave Reference:


Ipswich New Cemetery,



Relatives Notified & Address: Son of Herbert Leslie & Gertrude Janeatta Phillips, of Payneham, South Australia.


Father: Herbert Leslie Phillips, born May 1886, Moonta Mines, Daly, South Australia, Australia.

Mother: Gertrude Janeattta Phillips (nee Thomas), born July 1890, Moonta, Daly, South Australia, Australia.


William was educated at Payneham and Norwood High Schools.


28th May 1941


Aircraft: Hurricane serial number: Z2748; based: R.A.F. Martlesham Heath, Suffolk. William was returning to base having just flown for two hours over the Thames Estuary with another aircraft  on an operational patrol. William’s aircraft made a short left hand turn. Then instead of following the other aircraft in to land, the nose of his machine turned towards the ground with the engine full and crashed and caught fire on the north side of Oakwood, Little Bealings, Suffolk.

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