A Thousand and One


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A Thousand and One

Flight Lieutenant Humphrey Phillips DFC

Flight Lieutenant Humphrey Phillips DFC, MiD (twice) became one of the very first of the new breed of flight engineers.
Posted initially to 103 Squadron, he flew in the first two of the historic, showpiece 1000 Bomber raids against Cologne and Essen as part of a scratch crew of tour-expired instructors.
Posted to 1656 Conversion Unit he survived a number of scrapes with novice pilots (many who went on to have distinguished careers) and was Mentioned in Despatches for inventing two devices to instruct new engineers on the Lancaster’s fuel and hydraulics systems.
Keen to operate, he completed a tour with 626 Squadron, at the height of the Battle of Berlin, whilst also the squadron’s flight engineer leader.
Humphrey swas awarded the DFC, and returned to instructing, being once more Mentioned in Despatches with 1668 HCU before the war’s end.
In 2017 he became what is believed to be Britain’s oldest first-time published author.

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