David Louis Phillips

Aircraftman 1st Class
Service number 1871722
Died 25 Aug 1943
Buried Willesden Jewish Cemetery
Age 20

Headstone Inscription
‘HE GAVE NOTHING BUT HAPPINESS FROM THE DAY HE WAS BORN’


David was born in October 1922 in Marylebone, London to Clifford and Gwendoline nee Van Damm and his parents divorced when he was young. Gwendoline’s brother Vivian ran the Windmill Theatre in London. Gwendoline moved to USA and David became the ward of his uncle Louis Infield who had married Gwendoline’s sister Georgina. David worked as an articled clerk at a chartered accountants before he enlisted.

David was killed when he walked into a rotating propeller of a Wellington aircraft. His death certificate states ‘due to war operations’ and he died at RAF Halton Hospital.