A Poppy
A Poppy

Memorials & Monuments
on the Isle of Wight
- Biography -
- J W B Phillips -


James William Bristowe Phillips, Son of William Alexander and Muriel Alice Phillips.
Service details

Pilot Officer 47878 James William Bristowe Phillips, DFM, Royal Air Force

CWGC record ...

His name is NOT recorded on the Sandown War Memorial

Date of Death :25th March 1942 aged 31
Where buried or commemorated :Littlehampton Cemetery, Sussex : Sec D Grave 4268

P/O Phillips joined the Royal Air Force in 1927, and was part of 54 Sqn in 1940, flying Spitfires. He is credited with shooting down at least 4 enemy aircraft, before being shot down himself in Spitfire P9388. On returning to flight duties he served in Malta with 261 Sqn, then returned to the UK. It is believed he was shot down again but the details of his death are not known. (*) His final tally is believed to have been 13 enemy aircraft. Phillips lived in Sandown, Isle of Wight at some time.

Information provided by : John Bloodworth

(*) The Operations Record Book for the Fighter Interception Unit states the following: "25th Mar 1942. P/O Phillips met with a fatal accident after spinning off a roll. He was a most experienced single-engine pilot and the accident remains something of a mystery."

Information provided by : John Vaughan

Page last updated : 25 March 2013 : added further details of circumstances of death


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