Pharis E WeekleyMilitary ROLL OF HONOUR
2nd Lt. Pharis E. Weekley was a navigator in WWII on the B-24D, 42-40804, named, The Lady Jane, and, Bertha, flown by 1st Lt. William E. Meehan, Jr. in the 8th Air Force, the 93rd Bomb Group, and the 329th Bomb Squadron TDY to the 9th Bomber Command in Benghazi, Libya, for Operation Tidal Wave, to Ploesti, flying in the left wing position of the last flight, and the second section of “C Force. Briefed to bomb White lll, Lt. Meehan diverted to a target of opportunity, over Ploesti, was hit by flak and hit a barrage balloon cable, destroying his plane’s ability to fly. He was Killed in Action 1 August 1943 on the Ploesti mission with most of his crew, including Lt. Weekley, his navigator, after crashing in a field. Most of the crew could not be identified on sight and were buried in the Tablets Of The Missing at the Florence American Cemetary. Recently, with newer DNA identification techniques, Lt. Weekley’s remains were identified by the US Air Force and transported back to the U.S. for burial in America, the land Pharis Weekly loved, fought for, and gave his life for. KIA. 1 Aug 1943.
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Units served with
|18 June 1922
|MacDill Air Force Base, 6801 S Dale Mabry Hwy, Tampa, FL 33621, USA
|27 March 1942
Killed in action
|Ploieștiori 107071, Romania
|1 August 1943
|Lt. Weekely appears on Tablets of the Missing at Florence American Cemetery Florence, Italy as MIA. (Find A Grave Memorial# 563673010). He is the only member of the, Lady Jane, crew who's remains were not recovered. His Find A Grave Memorial Bougainvillea Cemetery Avon Park Highlands County Florida, USA is a Cenotaph. 2nd./Lt. Pharis E. Weekley DFC KIA Squadron: 329TH Bomb Squadron 93rd Bomb Group Hometown: Florida Service# O-673652 Awards: Distinguished Flying Cross, Air Medal Purple Heart Pilot 1st./Lt. William E. Meehan, DFC KIA
|No Known Grave Florence American Cemetery and Memorial Florence Città Metropolitana di Firenze Toscana, Italy Plot: Tablets of the Missing at Florence American Cemetery Florence, Italy
|Clewiston, FL 33440, USA
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