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213 Squadron Philippart
25.08.1940 213 Squadron Hurricane I V7226 P/O. Philippart

Operation: Patrol

Date: 25th August 1940 (Sunday)

Unit: No. 213 Squadron

Type: Hurricane I

Serial: V7226

Code: AK-I

Base: RAF Exeter

Location: English Channel, off Portland

Pilot: P/O. Jacques Arthur Philippart 81628 (B) RAFVR Age 31. Killed


P/O. Philippart a fighter ace with 6 kills and a further one listed as probable. Joined 213 Squadron on the 15th July from 7 OTU. Before that he served in France and had been an accomplished pilot with the Belgium Army Air Force from 1932 - 1940.

P/O. Jacques Philippart taken from an original photograph, kindly supplied by Josette Bens (see credits)

Took off from RAF Exeter on a patrol. Engaged the enemy and shot down a Ju88. At 17:30 hrs he was engaged in combat with 109's from 1./JG53, when he was also shot down. 

Fellow pilots witnessed that he baled out of his Hurricane but sadly, despite efforts by the rescue services he was lost. His body being washed ashore some two days later.

11th August 1940   - Me 110 Destroyed
15th August 1940  - Me 110 Destroyed
15th August 1940   - Me 110 Destroyed
15th August 1940   - Me 110 Destroyed
15th August 1940   - Me 110 Probable
22nd August 1940  - Ju 88 Destroyed
25th August 1940  - Ju 88 Destroyed

Burial Details:

P/O. Jacques Arthur Philippart. Brussels Town Cemetery in Evere - Belgium Airmen's field of honour

Originally buried in Exeter, exhumed later and moved to his home, Belgium.

Born on the 11th January 1909 in Mont-Saint-Guibert, in Walloon, Brabant. Awarded the Croix de Guerre with six bronze palm leaves and later in 1946 awarded the Cross of the Order of Leopold with Palm.

Researched for relatives of the pilot.

Acknowledgments: Josette Bens (ex WAAF) Secretary of The Royal Association of Belgian personnel in the RAF 1940-45, Norman L.R. Franks "Fighter Command Losses" Vol 1, Winston G. Ramsey - "Battle of Britain Then and Now".

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