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Alex James Phillips

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  • Title
  • Forenames
    Alex James AWMM
  • Surname
    Phillips AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
  • Service number
    • NZ421291 AWMM
    • WWII 421291 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi
  • Hapū
  • Waka
  • Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
  • Relationship status


Wars and conflicts

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  • War
  • Campaign
    Europe (Air) AWMM
  • Armed force / branch
    Air Force AWMM
  • Service number
    • NZ421291 AWMM
    • WWII 421291 AWMM
  • Military service
  • Promotions/ Postings/ Transfers

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  • Medals and Awards

Training and Enlistment

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Prisoner of war

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  • Capture details
  • Days interned
  • Liberation date
  • Liberation Repatriation
  • POW liberation details
  • POW serial number

Medical history

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  • Medical notes
    Killed in Action, Cause of Death AWMM
    Killed on air operations AWMM

Biographical information

Biographical information

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    • Alex Phillips was the son of James Frederick and Merope Phillips, New Plymouth.

      Attended New Plymouth Boys High AWMM
    • Alex James Phillips was born in New Plymouth of 4 November 1911. He attended Mimi School and New Plymouth Boy’s High School and then worked on the family farm at Waitoitoi. At the age of 30 he enlisted in the RNZAF in the Aerial Gunnery division and was sent to Canada for training. He was then posted to No 111 Operational Training Unit in the Bahamas for further intensive training on the two-engine Mitchell and the four-engine Liberator aircraft. He was promoted to Flight Sergeant before being sent to the United Kingdom and posted to Operational Squadron No. 224 where he served as Wireless Operator Air Gunner for 14 months until his death on 11 November 1944. On this day he was a member of a crew of a bomber aircraft which took off on an anti-submarine patrol over the Norwegian coast. The aircraft failed to return to base, subsequently his death of officially presumed. Alex Phillips is commemorated on the Runnymeade Memorial, England. He was aged 33. Public - Louise - Researcher - 21 December 2019 - West, J. (1995). Lest We Forget. New Plymouth: New Plymouth Boy’s High School Centennial Trust.
      Puke Ariki, Swainson/Woods Collection ARC# Sw1923-1965.00863
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About death

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  • Death
    11 November 1944 AWMM
    Age 33 AWMM
    Europe AWMM
  • Date of death
  • Age at death
  • Place of death
  • Cause of death
  • Death notes
  • Cemetery
  • Cemetery name
  • Grave reference
  • Obituary
  • Memorial name
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  • Memorial name
    Runnymede Memorial, Surrey, United Kingdom AWMM

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  • External links
    Commonwealth War Graves Commission record
    Sources Used
  • References
    • Martyn, E. (1998-2008). For Your Tomorrow (Vols. 1-3). Christchurch, N.Z.: Volplane Press. AWMM
    • This record is a work in progress and was partially compiled from the “Database of New Zealand Airmen who took part in Advanced Air Training in Canada during WW2”. Researched by Ivan and Lorna Lindsey of Tauranga. N.Z. 2003 – 2012. Reproduced with permission. AWMM


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13 August 2020Ian BanksTaumarunui New ZealandResearcher
21 December 2019LouiseNew Plymouth, New ZealandResearcher

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