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Philip Morris Algar


Flew 25 combat missions with the 384th bombardment Group from 22-Jun-43 to 4-Mar-44. Detached service (DS) with 1st Scouting Force. Transferred to 857BS, 492BG, 8AF USAAF flying Elint Droopsnoot P-38 lightning [gathering Electronic Intelligence].



  • Loring Miller

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner | 384th Bomb Group
    Loring Miller was serving as a Right Waist Gunner on B-17 Serial 42-3455 on the 17 August 1943 mission to Schweinfurt, Germany. Wounded by a shell fragment that punctured his lung from a direct flak hit to the plane, he refused to leave his gun until...

Units served with


  • 42-3455 Lucky Thirteen

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 21/6/43; Dow 28/7/43; Assigned 546BS/384BG [BK-M] Grafton Underwood 11/8/43; Missing in Action Stuttgart 6/9/43 with Russ Faulkner, Bombardier: Harry Hawes, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Oscar Hamblin (3 evaded capture), Co...

  • 44-13764 'Weepin' Deacon II' / 'Eaglebeak'

    P-51 Mustang
    Assigned to 354FS, 355FG, 8AF USAAF. Transferred to Scout Force, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) scouting mission Dresden; 15-Feb-45 pilot F/O Irvin E Lang KIA. MACR 12377

  • 43-28479

    P-38 Lightning
    P-38J field modified to 'Droop Snoot*' configuration and fitted out with equipment and aerials for Elint** work. Detached to 192 Sqn*** RAF for Elint** missions. ...

Associated Place

  • Grafton Underwood

    Military site : airfield
    Grafton Underwood was built in 1941 by George Wimpey and Co. Ltd. It was the first airfield in England to receive an Eighth Air Force flying unit, when in May 1942 personnel of the 15th Bomb Squadron took up residence. As a satellite airfield for...

  • Honington

    Military site : airfield
    Honington was in use by Eighth Air Force units for a longer period than any other air base in England. The air base, built in the mid 1930s as part of the RAF's expansion programme had seen plenty of action as an RAF base before it was handed over to...


Event Location Date
Lived in Modesto, California 1940
Assigned Grafton Underwood, Kettering, Northamptonshire NN14, UK 22 June 1943 – 4 March 1944

Assigned to the 384 Bombardment Group,546th Bombardment Squadron, 8AF USAAF. Flew on the first 384th Bombardment Group bombing mission on 22 June 1943.

Detached Service (DS) Honington, Bury Saint Edmunds, Suffolk IP31, UK 4 March 1944 – 21 September 1944

Detached service (DS) with 1st Scouting Force.

Crashed Alconbury, Huntingdon, Cambridgeshire PE28, UK 25 June 1945

Crashed Belly Landing Alconbury/Sta 102 Cat 3 damage, pilot Lt Philip M Algar, 25-6-45.

P-38 42-28479 - 857BS 492BG 8AF

Buried Santa Rosa, CA, USA April 1996
Died Santa Rosa, CA, USA 10 April 1996


Date Contributor Update
04 July 2016 00:23:06 bombercommand Changes to events and media associations

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03 July 2016 19:03:46 Al_Skiff Changes to nickname, biography, awards, events, unit associations, place associations and aircraft associations

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05 August 2015 19:58:24 bombercommand Changes to service number, biography, events, unit associations and place associations
2015-08-05 – Consolidated with information about Phil M. Algar from: Ted Damick, VIII Fighter Command pilots list.

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29 May 2015 01:43:32 bombercommand Changes to middlename

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27 September 2014 18:21:30 AAM AAM ingest

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / nephew, John P. Algar,