31.10.1941 No 500 Squadron Blenheim IV V5537 MK-M Sq/Ldr. Francis C. Phipps
Operation: Shipping Sweep
Date: 31st October 1941 (Friday)
Unit: No. 500 Squadron (Coastal Command)
Type: Blenheim IV
Base: RAF Bircham Newton, Norfolk
Location: Ijsselmeer, Holland
Pilot: Sq/Ldr. Francis Constantine Phipps 36093 RAF Age 27. Missing
Obs: Sgt. Terence Patrick Mowan 921870 RAFVR Age 21. Missing (1)
W/Op/Air/Gnr: Sgt. Allan Arthur Miles 912232 RAFVR Age 21. Missing
REASON FOR LOSS:
Taking off on a shipping strike from RAF Bircham Newton in Norfolk at 22:00 hrs. After an attack on a convoy off the Fresians they crashed into the Ijsselmeer some 4 miles west of Lemmer at 23:50hrs. Neither the crew or aircraft were recovered.
Above area of loss with insert, Sq/Ldr. Phipps (courtesy Sherborne School, Dorset - see credits)
(1) The family of Sgt. Terence Patrick Mowan also lost their other son, 23 year old Fl/Sgt. Bernard Vincent Mowan 1324290 RAFVR on the 27th August 1944. Flying as a navigator with 297 Squadron.
After returning from a supply drop to resistance fighters in France the runway was blocked during their landing of Albemarle V1782 the pilot aborted and overshot. However, the aircraft then suddenly lost height and crashed at Mill Farm, Busbridge, killing all 5 crew members. A memorial is in place at the crash site today. Shown above.
Sherborne School, Dorset - Any further information that you are able to assist them with fallen former pupils from all wars, we would be pleased to pass onto them.
Sq/Ldr. Francis Constantine Phipps. Runnymede Memorial. Panel 28. Further information: Born 10 October 1914, son of Lieutenant-Colonel Henry Ramsey Phipps, DSO, RA, and Lorna Phipps of Bratton Lodge, Wincanton, Somerset; husband of Eleanor Mary Howard Phipps, of Sutton, Surrey. Attended The Wick preparatory school, Hove, Sussex. Attended Sherborne School (School House) January 1929-July 1933; 6th form. Corpus Christi College, Cambridge, B.A.
Sgt. Terence Patrick Mowan. Runnymede Memorial. Panel 49. Son of Patrick and Gwendoline Mowan, of Peverell, Plymouth, England.
Sgt. Allan Arthur Miles. Runnymede Memorial. Panel 48. Only son of Arthur and Christina Miles, of Penang, Malaya.
(1) Fl/Sgt. Bernard Vincent Mowan. Plymouth Cemetery (Ford Park) Grave Gen.Sec.L. Row 25. Grave 23. - next of kin details as above.
With thanks to Sherborne School Archives for additional information. For further details our thanks to the following sources shown below.
Left: Runnymede Memorial Panels.