Hugh Phillip GRIFFITH


GRIFFITH, Hugh Phillip

Service Number: 416761
Enlisted: 11 September 1941, Adelaide
Last Rank: Flight Sergeant
Last Unit: Operational Training Units (RAF)
Born: North Adelaide, South Australia, 10 August 1921
Home Town: North Adelaide, Adelaide, South Australia
Schooling: Rostrevor College
Occupation: Taxations Services (SA) Ltd.
Died: Accidental, United Kingdom, 16 June 1943, aged 21 years
Cemetery: Banbury Cemetery, Oxfordshire, England
Grave 11575. Personal Inscription SACRED HEART OF JESUS HAVE MERCY ON HIS SOUL, Banbury Cemetery, Banbury, Oxfordshire, England, United Kingdom
Memorials: Adelaide WW2 Wall of Remembrance, Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Henley Beach Council Fallen WW1 & WW2 Honour Board, Henley Beach Council WW2 Honour Roll and Addendum, International Bomber Command Centre Memorial, Rostrevor College WW2 Memorial Plaques
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World War 2 Service

11 Sep 1941: Enlisted Royal Australian Air Force, Aircraftman 2 (WW2), SN 416761, No. 4 Initial Training School Victor Harbor, Adelaide
11 Sep 1941: Enlisted Royal Australian Air Force, Flight Sergeant, SN 416761
13 Sep 1941: Involvement Royal Australian Air Force, Flight Sergeant, SN 416761, Aircrew Training Units, Empire Air Training Scheme
16 Jun 1943: Involvement Royal Australian Air Force, Flight Sergeant, SN 416761, Operational Training Units (RAF), Empire Air Training Scheme

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Biography contributed by Geoffrey Gillon

He was 21 and the son of Phillip John and Mary Griffith of North Adelaide, South Australia. 

Flight Sergeant  Griffith was killed when Wellington III (Z1721-W) aircraft caught fire and crashed at Compton Wynyates. It had taken off from Chipping Warden and he was part of 12 OTU.

Advice has been received that Sgt-Pilot Hugh Griffith was killed in an aircraft accident at Edge Hill, England, on June 16, while at an officers' training unit. Before enlisting he was  employed by Taxation Services (SA), Ltd.. Adelaide. He was the son of Mrs. M. Griffith, of Hill street, North Adelaide, and the late Mr. P. Griffith. An elder brother is an army officer,  and a younger brother is in the RAAF.