Bio / Text:
Phillip Oscar Davis, of Ramsey, Huntingdonshire, joined the RAFVR about April 1939 as an Airman u/t Pilot. Called up on 1st September 1939, he completed his training and joined 222 Squadron at Hornchurch on 25th September 1940. On 26th October Davis crashed on Purleigh Barns Farm, Latchingden when his engine caught fire during a patrol. The Spitfire, R6773, was wrecked but Davis was unhurt.
Commissioned in January 1942, Davis was killed on 10th August 1943, serving with 511 Squadron, an Albemarle transport unit. Albemarle GT1 serial P1433 is presumed to have crashed into the sea at its last known position 120 miles west of Gibraltar. Also lost were:
Flt Lt. HA Kidd-May
Fg Off JH Charnock
Fg Off D CW Clark RCAF
Fg Off A W Little RCAF
Fg Off J C Valder RAAF
Flt Sgt. WR McLellan RCAF
Flt Sgt. R DC Smith RAAF
Sgt. W B Clarkson
Sgt. J Oxley
Sgt. D A Woods
Cpl. K T Alexander
Davis was then a Flying Officer aged 22. He is commemorated on the Malta Memorial - Panel 6, Column 2.
Son of Frank Richards Davis and Sarah Elizabeth Davis, of Ramsey, Huntingdonshire (Now Cambridgeshire)
Taken at Hornchurch in 1940, Davis is standing first left.
Battle of Britain Monument London