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53 OTU Spitfire Ia X4598 Say. Kenneth Charles Philip

Operation: Formation Practice

Date: 04th October 1941 (Saturday)

Unit: No. 53 Operational Training Unit. 81 Group

Type: Spitfire Ia

Serial: X4598

MSN: 1206

Base: RAF Llandow, Glamorgan, Wales

Location: St. Nicholas, Cardiff

Pilot: Sgt. Kenneth Charles Philip NZ/41356 RNZAF Age 22. Killed


During training just weeks after joining the unit the pilot appeared to be circling to establish his bearings.

At 09:40 hrs the Spitfire went into a spin and crashed on a road close to St. Nicholas and caught fire. The young New Zealand pilot lost his life.

Burial and personal details: the

Sgt. Kenneth Charles Philip. Llantwit Major Cemetery. Sec. C., grave 14. Born on the 04th March 1919 in Waimate. Educated at Waimate High School, later studying accountancy at the Wellington Technical College. Employed as a clerical cadet in the Records and Accounts Branches of Air Department Wellington,. Enlisted at the Initial Training Wing, Levin, on the 19th of January, 1941, No. 1 Elementary Flying Training School on the 01st March 1941 at Taieri, No.1 Flying Training School, in Wigram on the 12th April 1941. Pilot badge awarded on the 24th of May 1941 and promoted to sergeant on the 05th of July 1941. Embarked for England on the 22nd July 1941 and joined 53 Operational Training Unit on the 16th of September 1941.

Son of William Charles (died 16th July 1975) and Dorothy Alma Wilkins Philip (née Wheeler - died 19th November 1971, age 78), of Waimate. Husband of Gay Lilian Philip (née Manners, later Lyth MBE - died 02nd July 1994, age 74) of 6 Chilka Street, Berhampore, New Zealand.

Researched and dedicated to the relatives of this crew with thanks to the extensive research by Errol Martyn and his publications: “For Your Tomorrow Vols. 1-3”, New Zealand Cenotaph, Weekly News of New Zealand, Air Museum of New Zealand, Museum of Transport and Technology, Auckland, National Archives.

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