14.01.1944 No. 486 Squadron Typhoon Ib JR389 SA-R F/O. Philp
Operation: Noball (1)
Date: 14th January 1944 (Friday)
Unit: No. 486 Squadron ()11 Group)
Type: Typhoon Ib
Base: RAF Tangmere, Sussex
Location: Triel-Sur-Seine, France
Pilot: F/O. Gibson Philp 412265 RNZAF Age 23. Killed
REASON FOR LOSS:
Taking off at 10:10 hrs with others from 486,197 Squadron and 146 Wing on a 'Noball' (1) operation to Saint-Saëns.
After this several of them broke away to carry out low level sweep near Paris. It is understood that he was hit by flak and crashed at Triel-Sur-Seine. Initially understood to have been buried locally. After the war placed in a temporary grave at Solers before final internment at Viroflay.
The fighter ace, W/Cdr. Denys Edgar Gillam 126864 RAF DSO with two bars, DFC with bar, AFC of 146 Wing was also hit by flak over Bretigny but managed to return to his base. (shown above, also shown German Flak troops positioning V1 Rocket)
(1) Noball - operations by fighter-bombers and medium bombers against the ‘ski site’ launching ramps for V-1 flying bombs built by the Germans in northern France and in the Low Countries for the bombardment of the UK (5 December 1944/spring 1945).
F/O. Gibson Philp. Viroflay New Communal Cemetery. Row A. Grave 21. Son of Ralph and Maud Philp, of Wellington City, husband of Nancy Jean Philp, of Wellington CityNew Zealand. A total of 580 flying hours logged and completed 99 operational sorties. (note: some websites incorrectly spell his surname as Phillip)
Researched and dedicated to the relatives of this pilot with thanks to the research by Errol Martyn and his publications: “For Your Tomorrow Vols. 1-3”, Auckland War Memorial Museum, Weekly News of New Zealand, Dave Barlow for grave photograph, other sources as quoted below: