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Jammie Mendal Philpott

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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.

Service

People

  • Max Bunin

    Military | Flight Officer | Co-Pilot | 95th Bomb Group

  • Billy Decherniss

    Military | Lieutenant Colonel | Radar Navigator | 95th Bomb Group
    Retired from the USAF with the rank of Lt. Colonel

  • Billy Ferguson

    Military | Technical Sergeant (2nd Grade) | Flight Engineer | 95th Bomb Group

  • Donald Flygstad

    Military | First Lieutenant | Navigator | 95th Bomb Group

  • Gene Grime

    Military | Technical Sergeant (2nd Grade) | Radio Operator | 95th Bomb Group

  • Benjamin Hathaway

    Military | First Lieutenant | Bombardier | 95th Bomb Group

  • Fred Miller

    Military | Staff Sergeant (Technician Third Grade) | Waist Gunner | 95th Bomb Group

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Units served with

  • 95th Bomb Group

    95th Bomb Group

    Group
    The 95th Bomb Group was the only Eighth Air Force Group to be awarded three Distinguished Unit Citations. The first, shared by all four Bomb Wing Groups, was for the bombing of an aircraft factory under intense enemy fire at Regensburg on 17 August...

  • 336th Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

  • 42-102450 'Paisano'

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 4/3/44; Kearney 22/3/44; Dow Fd 7/4/44; Assigned 96BG Snetterton 7/4/44; transferred 336BS/95BG Horham 8/4/44; with W. G. Helm force landed A-71 Clastres, France 29/12/44; 85m, Missing in Action Chemnitz 3/3/45 with Bob Duncan, Co...

  • 42-37882 'Hard Time' 'A-Good-Bett' 'Blues in the Reich'

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Denver 4/10/43; Gr Island 22/10/43; Assigned 412BS/95BG [QW-T] Horham 18/11/43; force landed Ghent, Bel. with H.C. Coffman 15/10/44; force landed A-70 Laon-Couvron, France with R.E. Chrystal (9 Returned to Duty) force landed B-53 Merville,...

  • 42-97376 'Aunt Callie's Baby' 'She Fox' 'Lucky Lady'

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 24/2/44; Kearney 10/3/44; Grenier 2/4/44; Assigned 412BS/95BG [QW-J] Horham 7/4/44 AUNT CALLIE'S BABY; on 5/9/44 with A.P. Salvia, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: J.S. Wood [wia]; detailed Merseburg 28/9/44 with J.C. Walter, (8...

  • 43-38617 New York Express

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 24/8/44; Hunter 7/9/44; Dow Fd 18/9/44; Assigned 336BS/95BG [ET-Q] Horham 19/9/44; with W.N. Dunwoody force landed Raydon afb, Suffolk 10/1/45; 80m, Returned to the USA Bradley 24/6/45; 4168 Base Unit, South Plains, Texas 28/6/45;...

  • 44-8040

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Tulsa 14/5/44; Dallas 14/6/44; Langley 6/7/44; Grenier 3/8/44; Assigned PFF 335BS/95BG [OE-N] Horham 5/8/44; 412BS [QW-N]; 36m, sal 8/6/45. 13TH JINX.

  • 44-8144 Hell's Belle

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Dallas 27/6/44; Langley 27/7/44; Dow Fd 4/8/44; Assigned 335BS/95BG [OE-O] Horham 10/8/44; 336BS [ET-O], then 412BS [GW-O]; with W.V. Owen force landed Framlingham afb, Sfk 25/12/44; battle damaged Hamburg 30/3/45 with E.R. Parrish[wia];...

  • 44-8210 Sweetheart of Seattle

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Dallas 11/7/44; Langley 8/8/44; Dow Fd 12/9/44; Assigned 332BS/94BG [XM-Z] Rougham 14/9/44; transferred 335BS/95BG [OE-J] Horham 11/44; with L.W. Jensen, Radio Operator: Paul Rupard, Waist gunner: - Olson [2wia] 24/2/45; 53m, RetUS,...

  • 44-8272

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Dallas 27/7/44; Lincoln 17/8/44; Grenier 3/9/44; Assigned 1377 AAF Base Unit detailed UK, via Goose Bay, Lab.; on 3/9/44 with Joe Arwood, Co-pilot: Walt Johnson, Navigator: Bill Fowler, Bombardier: Clarry Counsell, Flight engineer/top turret...

  • 44-8364

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Dallas 25/8/44; Langley 4/9/44; Grenier 10/10/44; Assigned 335BS/95BG [OE-W] Horham 12/10/44; 21m, Salvaged 9AF Germany 10/5/46.

  • 44-8548

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 17/10/44; Hunter 2/11/44; Dow Fd 3/12/44; Assigned 351BS/100BG [EP-H] Thorpe Abbotts 6/12/44; as PFF transferred 412BS/95BG [QW-K] Horham 8/12/44; taxi accident on base with Bob Parker 24/2/45; 22m, RetUS, Reconstruction Finance...

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Missions

  • 669

    7 October 1944

  • 674

    12 October 1944
    Black Week

  • 685

    22 October 1944

  • 688

    25 October 1944

  • 691

    28 October 1944

  • 725

    26 November 1944

  • 745

    10 December 1944

  • 764

    27 December 1944

  • 772

    31 December 1944

  • 785

    7 January 1945

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Associated Place

  • Horham

    Military site : airfield
    Horham airfield was planned and built for RAF use, but handed over to the Eighth Air Force and used initially by the 47th Bomb Group. When they joined the Twelfth Air Force in January 1943, it became home to the B-26 Marauders of the 323rd Bomb Group....

Events

Event Location Date
Born Ashland, OK 28 September 1919
Graduated West Point, NY June 1943

USMA

95th BG Combat Tour 7 October 1944 – 16 April 1945
Assigned MacDill AFB, FL May 1956

305th Bomb Wing

Assigned Wiesbaden, Germany September 1972

Vice Commander
USAF Europe

Died Virginia Beach, VA 18 January 1999

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 25 January 1999

Andersonville National Cemetery
Andersonville National Historic Site, Macon County, Georgia, USA

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
20 July 2020 18:26:59 466thHistorian Changes to awards
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photo evidence

Date Contributor Update
20 July 2020 18:18:52 466thHistorian Changes to middlename, service number, highest rank, awards, events, person associations, place associations, aircraft associations and mission associations
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https://search.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/sse.dll?indiv=1&dbid=2345&h=1772775&...
https://search.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/sse.dll?indiv=1&dbid=3693&h=48842969...
https://95thbg.mmsw.eu/person/5269

Date Contributor Update
25 January 2016 20:50:12 bryanEnright Changes to biography
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http://www.af.mil/AboutUs/Biographies/Display/tabid/225/Article/105962/l...

Date Contributor Update
25 January 2016 20:47:21 bryanEnright Changes to highest rank, biography and awards
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http://www.af.mil/AboutUs/Biographies/Display/tabid/225/Article/105962/l...

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:15:03 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / http://95thbg.org/95th_db_pages/left_formation_code/gethonoroll.php

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