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Phillip G Hulse

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Technical Sergeant Philip G. Hulse flew 25 Missions as top turret gunner and flight engineer on the Argonaut B-17's, 1-4. Phil was awarded 4 Bronze Stars, Air Medal W/9 Oak Leaf Clusters, Distinguished Flying Cross & Good Conduct Medal. His missions were flown between May and October of 1943. Phil flew on the August 17 and October 14 Schweinfurt raids. The last Schweinfurt raid was Phil's 25th and final mission. 60 B-17's were lost on each of these missions out of 300 planes that flew to the bombing target.

Phil starred in Clark Gable's Combat America film along with co-star Kenneth L. Huls who served as Belly Gunner on the Argonaut B-17's. They were nicknamed the Gold Dust Twins because the two of them were inseparable. Combat America was produced as an aerial gunnery recruitment film and was centered around the crew of the Argonaut who was led by Captain Theodore Argiropulos.

Upon returning to America, Phil trained B-17 crews at the Army Air Corp base in Rapid City South Dakota. In August of 1944, Phil volunteered for a second tour of duty in the 9th Army Air Force. He was shipped to France where he flew as Top Turret Gunner and Flight Engineer on a B-26 Martin Marauder - also know as the Widow Maker. He was scheduled to fly 50 missions in the Widow Maker, but the war ended just after his 34th Mission.

Phil served another 6.5 years in Active Reserves after the war and he was recalled to Active Duty in 1952 during the Korean War. However, he was kept stateside and did not see combat.

To preserve his military legacy, Phil has provided his oral/video history to the World War II Museum and to the Missouri Veteran's History Project. In addition, Phil traveled to the WWII Memorial in D.C. in 2011 on a St. Louis Honor Flight. In 2012, Phil and another B-17 veteran were the poster boys of the EAA Aluminum Overcast B-17G fly-in to St. Louis for the 4th of July Celebration. Both men were featured on a front page story in the St. Louis Post Dispatch. On Saturday, July 7, both men returned to the air in the Aluminum Overcast B-17G to face their demons from WWII.

Today, Phil is diligently working on reaching his 95th birthday and beyond, which will be on March 13, 2018. We will be adding additional photos of Phil in the near future.

For more information about my father's service, feel free to contact me at:

hulsea@sbcglobal.net

Service

Units served with

  • 351st Bomb Group

    351st Bomb Group

    Group
    The 351st Bomb Group flew strategic bombing missions from their base at Polebrook, Northamptonshire from April 1943 to June 1945. The Group's most famous member was Hollywood actor Clark Gable, who flew four/ five missions with them as an observer...

  • 508th Bomb Squadron

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
02 July 2017 20:21:50 Alvin Changes to biography
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Son Verification

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02 July 2017 19:59:05 Alvin Changes to media associations
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Son Verification

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02 July 2017 19:54:36 Alvin Changes to biography
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Son Verification

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02 July 2017 18:36:26 Alvin Changes to nickname
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Son Confirmation of WWII History

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02 July 2017 18:34:19 Alvin Changes to biography
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Son Confirmation of WWII History

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02 July 2017 17:08:35 Alvin Changes to biography
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Son verification of WWII Service

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02 July 2017 17:02:09 Alvin Changes to biography
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Son verification of WWII history

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02 July 2017 16:16:48 Alvin Changes to role
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Son of Philip Hulse verification

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27 September 2014 18:21:31 AAM AAM ingest
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Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / www.351st.org/ken.harbour/

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