Phillip Paul ADAMS

ADAMS, Phillip Paul

Service Number: 407704
Enlisted: 4 January 1941
Last Rank: Flight Sergeant
Last Unit: Operational Training Units (RAF)
Born: Mount Pleasant, South Australia, 24 November 1921
Home Town: Clare, Clare and Gilbert Valleys, South Australia
Schooling: St Peters College, Hackney & Adelaide University, South Australia
Occupation: Student
Died: Air Combat Operations, Malta, Mediterranean Sea, 16 July 1942, aged 20 years
Cemetery: No known grave - "Known Unto God"
Runnymede Memorial -Panel 111 Roll of Honour Clare South Australia
Memorials: Adelaide WW2 Wall of Remembrance, Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Clare and District WW2 Roll of Honour, International Bomber Command Centre Memorial, Magill St. George's Church Roll of Honour WW2, Runnymede Air Forces Memorial, St Peters All Souls Anglican Church Stained Glass Window WW2
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World War 2 Service

4 Jan 1941: Enlisted Royal Australian Air Force, Aircraftman 2 (WW2), 407704, No. 4 Initial Training School Victor Harbor, Adelaide
4 Jan 1941: Enlisted Royal Australian Air Force, Flight Sergeant, 407704
5 Jan 1941: Involvement Royal Australian Air Force, Aircraftman, 407704, Aircrew Training Units, Empire Air Training Scheme
18 Sep 1941: Embarked Royal Australian Air Force, Sergeant, 407704, Aircrew Training Units, From Sydney to UK
16 Jul 1942: Involvement Royal Australian Air Force, Flight Sergeant, 407704, Operational Training Units (RAF), Middle East / Mediterranean Theatre

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10 ADU

Rank - Flight Sergeant

Qualified to fly Anson planes

Son of the Revd. Roland Vere Smith ADAMS and Nina Howell QUINEY, of Payneham, South Australia

Studied, English, Maths 1&2, Greek, History, Latin at Intermediate level (Year 11) school


Phillip died in air combat over Malta.  Operational Training Units sucha No. 13 Operational Training RAF were responsible for the final stages of aircrew training prior to assignment to a squadron but they were often necessarily engaged in combat operations as crews undertook the final phases of their training.

No. 13 Operational Training Unit RAF (13 OTU) was formed in April 1940 as part of No. 6 Group RAF Bomber Command at RAF Bicester to train Bristol Blenheim light day bomber aircrew.  Quite why its aircraft were operating over Malta is not yet clear.