Canadian Virtual War Memorial

Clifford Stanley Phillips

In memory of
Flying Officer
Clifford Stanley Phillips
May 13, 1944

Military Service:

Service Number:
Air Force
Royal Canadian Air Force
426 Squadron

Additional Information:

Clifford Stanley Phillips was born October 5, 1918 in Valparaiso, Saskatchewan. He was the second youngest of five children born to Wareham and Mary Phillips, both of whom had emigrated from England. Clifford attended school in town, completing Grade 10, and then worked fulltime on the family farm until he joined the RCAF May 20, 1942 in Saskatoon. For hobbies, he enjoyed mechanics, building and flying model planes, and playing hockey and softball. He married Evelyn McFarland of Tisdale, Saskatchewan on February 27, 1943.

Clifford had aspirations of becoming a pilot. Following a brief period of pilot training, he completed the Air Observers (bomb aimers) Course and received his wings in July 1943. He disembarked in the U.K. the following August. Clifford was the bomb aimer on the mission. He was posthumously awarded the Croix de Guerre 1940 with Palm (Belgium) in July 1948.

Commemorated on Page 417 of the Second World War Book of Remembrance. Request a copy of this page.

Burial Information:

Grave Reference:
Joint grave 4.
The town of Geraardsbergen is located south of the town of Aalst on the N42. From the motorway E40/A10, which runs between Oostende and Brussels, turn off at junction 17 onto the N42, direction Geraardsbergen. Follow this road to the town of Geraardsbergen and the junction with the N493. Turn right onto the N493, direction Parike, and the cemetery is along here on the right. The graves are located towards the centre of the cemetery.

Information courtesy of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission.

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  • Newspaper Clipping – From the Saskatoon Star-Phoenix. Submitted for the project, Operation: Picture Me

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