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Philip E Tukey Jr


Philip Tukey served as a pilot with the 56th Fighter Group.

Class 40-B; primary at Glenview, IL; Randolph & Brooks 5/40; at MH 3/44 to 11/45; flew P-47s & P-51s in 135 missions for approx. 400 combat hours; CO of 56th FG March 1944-November 1945; in Air National Guard; retired as Brig. Gen.



Units served with

  • VIII Fighter Command

    VIII Fighter Command

    VIII Fighter Command was established as VIII Interceptor Command at Selfridge Field on 2 February 1942.

  • 356th Fighter Group

    356th Fighter Group

    The 356th Fighter Group flew 413 missions between 15 October 1943 and 7 May 1945 and suffered the highest ratio of losses to enemy aircraft claims of any Eighth Air Force Group. This gave the Group the reputation of being the 'hard luck' outfit. The...

  • 56th Fighter Group

    56th Fighter Group

    Flying P-47 Thunderbolts throughout their time stationed in England, the Group, known as "the Wolfpack", had more ace pilots than any other Eighth Air Force Fighter Group. The 56th Fighter Group also destroyed more enemy aircraft in air combat than any...

  • 63rd Fighter Squadron
  • Headquarters (356th Fighter Group)


  • 42-8463

    P-47 Thunderbolt
    Assigned to 63FS, 56FG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) ramrod to Wilhelmshaven 3-Feb-44 out of fuel, ditched 40 miles off Felixstowe. Pilot 2Lt Lloyd M Langdon KIA. MACR 2119.

  • 41-6375

    P-47 Thunderbolt

  • 43-25531 'Judy' 'Georgia Peach'

    P-47 Thunderbolt
    Assigned to HQ Sqn, 356FG, 8AF USAAF. Transferred to 63FS, 56FG, 8AF USAAF. Flak damaged 19-May-44. Lost 18-Sep-44 - Lt Robert G Kelley - Evaded MACR 8996.

Associated Place

  • Boxted

    Military site : airfield
    Boxted was built for heavy bombers and became operational from May 1943. In the few months B-26 Marauders of the 386th Bomb Group were stationed there, there were two night attacks by the Luftwaffe. On 17 August 1943, one man was killed when bombs...

  • Martlesham Heath

    Military site : airfield
    Opened in 1917 as home to the RFC Aeroplane Experimental Unit, Martlesham Heath became well known during the 1920s-30s as home to the Aircraft and Armament Experimental Establishment. Used as an RAF fighter station from 1939, with only a grass airfield...


Event Location Date
Born Portland, ME, USA 1 December 1917
Lived in Cape Elizabeth, ME, USA


Date Contributor Update
24 June 2015 19:44:15 Lucy May Changes to nickname, service number, role, biography, awards, events, unit associations, place associations and media associations

Combined three entries for Philip Tukey Jr into a single entry. This entry now includes information from the following sources:
Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia /

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / Ted Damick, VIII Fighter Command pilots list / self

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:21:28 AAM AAM ingest

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / Roster from ESCORT The 356th Fighter Group Over Europe 1943-1945 by Kent D. Miller