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Service:Royal Australian Air Force
Service Number:411542
Rank:Flight Lieutenant
Date of Birth:13 April 1921
Place of Birth:Sydney, NSW, Australia
Decorations:Mentioned in Despatches
Units:No. 2 Squadron, RAAF
No. 32 Squadron, RAAF
No. 100 Squadron, RAAF
No. 10 Elementary Flying Training School, RAAF
No. 7 Service Flying Training School, RAAF
No. 1 Operational Training Unit, RAAF
Base Torpedo Unit, RAAF
General Reconnaissance School, RAAF

1939-45 Star
Pacific StarDefence Medal1939-45 War MedalAustralian Service Medal 1939-45


24 May 1941Enlisted with the Royal Australian Air Force.
Aircraftman 2nd Class on Enlistment.
Posted to No. 2 Initial Training School, RAAF.
19 July 1941Promoted to Leading Aircraftman.
23 July 1941Posted to No. 10 Elementary Flying Training School, RAAF, Temora.
15 November 1941Posted to No. 7 Service Flying Training School, RAAF, Deniliquin.
12 January 1942Awarded Flying Badge.
2 April 1942Promoted to Pilot Officer.
13 April 1942Posted to Station Headquarters Laverton.
27 April 1942Posted to the General Reconnaissance School, RAAF.
20 July 1942Posted to No. 1 Operational Training Unit, RAAF.
2 October 1942Promoted to Flying Officer.
26 April 1943Posted to the Base Torpedo Unit, RAAF.
5 May 1943Posted to No. 32 Squadron, RAAF.
20 November 1943Posted to No. 1 Reserve Pool, RAAF.
23 November 1943Posted to No. 100 Squadron, RAAF.
4 January 1944Posted to No. 55 Operational Base Unit, RAAF.
9 January 1944Posted to No. 2 Squadron, RAAF.
2 April 1944Promoted to Flight Lieutenant.
18 October 1944Posted to No. 2 Personnel Depot, RAAF.
9 December 1944Posted to the Air Armament & Gas School, RAAF.
17 September 1945Posted to No. 2 Personnel Depot, RAAF.
25 September 1945Discharged from Royal Australian Air Force.


Mentioned in Despatches:
Flight Lieutenant SQUIRES was posted to No. 2 (G.R./B.) Squadron on 9th January, 1944, and has completed 258 hours of operational flying, comprising 15 strikes, 2 shipping sweeps and 18 other sorties.
At all times, he has displayed courage and determination in the face of the enemy, and as formation leader and flight commander has shown excellent leadership. By his consistent thoroughness on operations and sound discipline in the air, he has set an example to all members of the squadron.

External Links

World War 2 Nominal Roll


National Archives of Australia [NAA] 1948, SQUIRES PHILIP JAMES : Service Number - 411542 : Date of birth - 13 Apr 1921 : Place of birth - SYDNEY NSW : Place of enlistment - SYDNEY : Next of Kin - SQUIRES HENRY, A9300, SQUIRES P J.

Record updated on 1 October 2018.


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