Jammie Mendal Philpott

Military

Object Number - UPL 44493 - Captain Jammie M. Philpott Pilot/Command Pilot 95th BG - 336th BS

Lieutenant General Jammie M. Philpott was vice commander in chief, U.S. Air Forces in Europe, with headquarters at Lindsey Air Station, Wiesbaden, Germany.

General Philpott was born in Ashland, Okla., in 1919. He graduated from Classen High School in Oklahoma City, in 1937, and attended Oklahoma State University before entering the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, N.Y., in 1940. As a cadet, he was captain of the academy basketball team. He graduated from West Point in 1943, a member of the first class to complete the curriculum requirements for graduation in three years. While at the academy, he earned his pilot wings, and after graduation he received four-engine transition training at Hendricks Field, Fla.

He next was assigned to the 594th Bombardment Squadron at Moses Lake, Wash., as a pilot and in October 1943 moved with the squadron to Drew Field, Fla. Shortly afterward he joined the 95th Bombardment Group, Eighth Air Force in England. During World War II, he flew 21 missions in Flying Fortresses over Europe, serving as wing lead combat pilot and squadron commander.

After World War II, General Philpott served on the operations staffs of the Second Air Force, Colorado Springs, Colo., and the Eighth Air Force at Carswell Air Force Base, Texas. He attended the Atomic Special Weapons School at Sandia Base, N.M., in 1948, and was later assigned to the 2d Bombardment Group at Chatham Air Force Base, Ga.

In August 1951 General Philpott became chief of the Deployment Branch, Combat Operations Division, Directorate of Operations, Second Air Force, Barksdale Air Force Base, La. From April until October 1952, he was assigned to the Far East Air Forces at Yokota, Japan. Following this tour of duty, he returned to his former assignment at Second Air Force Headquarters.

His next assignment was to the 305th Bombardment Wing at MacDill Air Force Base, Fla., in May 1956, where he served successively as B-47 pilot, squadron commander, and wing director of operations.

General Philpott was transferred to Headquarters Strategic Air Command, Offutt Air Force Base, Neb., in April 1958 as chief of the Missions Branch, Operations Plans Division, Directorate of Operations; in September 1958 became chief of the Target Analysis Division of the Directorate of Intelligence; and in September 1960 was assigned duty as chief, National Strategic Target List Division of the Joint Strategic Target Planning Staff. In June 1964 General Philpott became SAC deputy director of intelligence and in August he was named director of intelligence.

In July 1966 he was assigned to the Pacific Air Forces as deputy chief of staff for intelligence for the Seventh Air Force in the Republic of Vietnam. Upon his return to the United States in January 1968, he became deputy assistant chief of staff, Intelligence, Headquarters U.S. Air Force, and in May 1969 he was named assistant chief of staff, Intelligence. The following November, General Philpott became deputy director, Defense Intelligence Agency. He assumed duties as the U.S. Air Forces in Europe vice commander in chief in September 1972.

A command pilot, his military decorations and awards include the Distinguished Service Medal with oak leaf cluster, Legion of Merit with oak leaf cluster, Distinguished Flying Cross with oak leaf cluster, and the Air Medal with two oak leaf clusters.

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Units served with

The insignia of the 95th Bomb Group.
  • Unit Hierarchy: Group
  • Air Force: Eighth Air Force
  • Type Category: Bombardment

People

  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 95th Bomb Group 336th Bomb Squadron
  • Highest Rank: Flight Officer
  • Role/Job: Co-Pilot
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 95th Bomb Group 336th Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: O-712131
  • Highest Rank: Lieutenant Colonel
  • Role/Job: Radar Navigator
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 95th Bomb Group 336th Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: 39552583
  • Highest Rank: Technical Sergeant (2nd Grade)
  • Role/Job: Flight Engineer
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 95th Bomb Group 336th Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: O-2064709
  • Highest Rank: First Lieutenant
  • Role/Job: Navigator
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 95th Bomb Group 336th Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: 19087003
  • Highest Rank: Technical Sergeant (2nd Grade)
  • Role/Job: Radio Operator

Aircraft

  • Aircraft Type: B-17 Flying Fortress
  • Nicknames: Paisano
  • Unit: 95th Bomb Group 96th Bomb Group 335th Bomb Squadron 336th Bomb Squadron
  • Aircraft Type: B-17 Flying Fortress
  • Nicknames: Hard Time A-Good-Bett Blues in the Reich
  • Unit: 95th Bomb Group 412th Bomb Squadron
  • Aircraft Type: B-17 Flying Fortress
  • Nicknames: Aunt Callie's Baby She Fox Lucky Lady
  • Unit: 95th Bomb Group 335th Bomb Squadron 412th Bomb Squadron
  • Aircraft Type: B-17 Flying Fortress
  • Nicknames: New York Express
  • Unit: 95th Bomb Group 336th Bomb Squadron
  • Aircraft Type: B-17 Flying Fortress

Missions

  • Date: 7 October 1944
  • Date: 12 October 1944
  • Date: 22 October 1944
  • Date: 25 October 1944
  • Date: 28 October 1944

Places

Events

Event Location Date Description

Born

Ashland, OK 1919-09-28

Other

Graduated

West Point, NY USMA

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Assigned

MacDill AFB, FL 305th Bomb Wing

Died

Virginia Beach, VA 1999-01-18 US AIR FORCE WWII, KOREA, Viet Nam Section J Site 1455 Lt. General JAMMIE MENDAL PHILPOTT, born September 28, 1919 in Ashland, Oklahoma, son of Sharpe Washington and Bertha Jane Arella Dorough Philpott. He was grandson of Reuben Jasper and Julia Ann Morgan Philpott and Thomas and Sarah Frances Apperson Dorough. General Philpott died January 18, 1999 at Virginia Beach, Virginia of complications of a broken hip. (Obituary from Washington Post January 27, 1999 Page B07 and The Virginia-Pilot January 21, 1999.) He was buried in Andersonville National Cemetery in Georgia. Gen. Philpott's home was at the time of his death was 31076 Reynolds St. Taylor, Georgia. He attended Classen High School in Oklahoma City in 1937, and Oklahoma State University before entering the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, N.Y. in 1940. As a cadet, he was captain of the academy basketball team and all time letter winner in 1942-43., and 1943 men's tennis champion. He graduated from West point in 1943, a member of the first class to complete the curriculum requirements for graduation in three years. While at the academy, he earned his pilot wings, and after graduation he received four-engine transition training at Hendricks Field, Florida. He was assigned to the 594th Bombardment Squadron at Moses Lake, Washington as a pilot and in October 1943 moved the squadron to Drew Field, Florida. Shortly afterward he joined the 95th Bombardment Group, Eighth Air Force in England. During World War II, he flew 21 missions in Flying Fortresses over Europe, serving as wing lead combat pilot and squadron commander.

Buried

Andersonville National Cemetery, GA 1999-01-25 Andersonville National Cemetery Andersonville National Historic Site, Macon County, Georgia, USA

Other

95th BG Combat Tour

1944-10-07 - 1945-04-16

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Assigned

Wiesbaden, Germany Vice Commander USAF Europe

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