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Clifford Stanley Phillips

In memory of:

Flying Officer Clifford Stanley Phillips

May 13, 1944

Military Service


Service Number:

J/28259

Age:

25

Force:

Air Force

Unit:

Royal Canadian Air Force

Division:

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


Cemetery:

GERAARDSBERGEN (GRAMMONT) COMMUNAL CEMETERY
Belgium

Grave Reference:

Joint grave 4.

Location:

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.

Digital Collection

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  • Photo of CLIFFORD STANLEY PHILLIPS– Submitted for the project Operation Picture Me
  • Document– Submitted for the project Operation Picture Me
  • Letter– Submitted for the project Operation Picture Me
  • Letter– Submitted for the project Operation Picture Me
  • Document– Submitted for the project Operation Picture Me
  • Biography
  • Newspaper Clipping– From the Saskatoon Star-Phoenix. Submitted for the project, Operation: Picture Me
  • 426 Squadron and the Halifax LW682
  • Memorial– Flying Officer Clifford Stanley Phillips is commemorated on the Bomber Command Memorial Wall in Nanton, AB … photo courtesy of Marg Liessens
  • Memorial– Father J P Lardie's comments as inscribed on the Bomber Command Memorial Wall in Nanton, AB … photo courtesy of Marg Liessens
  • Memorial– Flying Officer Clifford Stanley Phillips is commemorated on the Bomber Command Memorial Wall in Nanton, AB … photo courtesy of Marg Liessens

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