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William J Phillips

Military

Prisoner of War (POW) Shot down 17 April 1943 in B-17 #4229643. Crashed near Visbek SW of the target Bremen, Germany when a/c was damaged on the bomb run. Unable to stay with the squadron on the turn, fighters moved in, with the #2 engine on fire, Pilot Miller ordered a bailout and crew members survived and became Prisoner of War (POW)s. Phillips was imprisoned at Stalag 17b. This mission was a particularly hard loss for the 306th.

POW

Service

Units served with

  • 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers

    306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers

    Group
    Constituted as 306th Bombardment Group (Heavy) on 28 Jan 1942. Activated on 1 Mar 1942. Trained for combat with B-17's. Moved to England, Aug-Sep 1942, and assigned to Eighth AF Eighth Air Force in September 1942 Station 111 Thurleigh. During combat,...

  • 367th Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

  • 42-29643

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 18/1/43; Salina 6/2/43; Duncan 19/2/43; Homestead 28/2/43; Assigned 367BS/306BG [GY- ] Thurleigh 13/3/43; Missing in Action Bremen 17/4/43 with Bob Miller, Co-pilot: John Teare, Navigator: Jack Shaaber, Bombardier: Jim Shelley,...

Events

Event Location Date
Born CO
Prisoner of War (POW) Germany 17 April 1943

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:28:22 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 15444, Losses of the 8th and 9th Air Forces Volume I by Bishop and Hey p. 107, Fame's Favored Few by R. Strong p. 88-89, NARA POW / MACR 15523 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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