Battle of Britain London Monument – P/O J F J MacPhail

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James Frederick John MacPhail joined the RAF on a short service commission in late February 1939. After completing his training he was posted to 26 Squadron, where he flew Lysanders.

In August 1940 MacPhail volunteered for Fighter Command and on the 21st he was posted to 5 OTU Aston Down where he converted to Spitfires.

He joined 603 Squadron at Hornchurch on 31st August and claimed a He111 destroyed on 11th September and a Me109 on the 15th.

Whilst ferrying Spitfire P8016 from 6 MU to 74 Squadron at Hawkinge on 20th February 1941, MacPhail lost control of the aircraft and baled out. The Spitfire crashed at Oaks Park near Wallington, Surrey.

On 4th March he crashed a Spitfire at Belmont, Surrey whilst carrying out an air test.

His subsequent service is currently undocumented though it is recorded that at some time MacPhail underwent plastic surgery at the Queen Victoria Hospital, East Grinstead and became a Guinea Pig.

He was released from the RAF in 1945 as a Flight Lieutenant.

MacPhail died in 1963.

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