Born: 8 December 1894

Died: 1 November 1953

B.E. : Lieutenant, R.F.C. and R.A.F., B.E.F., France; also 35th Battn., A.I.F., England.

Enlisting 2nd September, 1915, and sailing 1st May, 1916' with 35th Battn., was commissioned in England 28th August. Transferring to R.F.C. 23rd October, became Flying Officer 16th April, 1917, and, crossing to France, was wounded at Passchendaele 17th August and taken Prisoner of War, being repatriated at Hull 14th December, 1918, and returning for demobilisation. Promoted lieutenant R.A.F., 1st April, 1918.

Early education at Marist Brothers' High School, Darlinghurst.

Source: Book of Remembrance, University of Sydney

Phelan in a Bristol F.2b figher (serial A7201) was shot down on 17 August 1917 by LT Hans Georg van der Osten of Jasta 11 (it was the unit's 200th claim). His observer Lt. J. L. Macfarlane was killed, Phelan wounded and taken prisoner. Phelan was with 22 Squadron, RFC. (Source: ASWW1AH)

Married Emily Frances Howard, of Newhaven, Surrey, in England on 30 May 1919.

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