Phillips, Elmer W., Jr., Sgt

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Last Rank
Last Primary AFSC/MOS
AAF MOS 152-Photographer
Last AFSC Group
Signal (Enlisted)
Primary Unit
1944-1944, AAF MOS 152, 5th Bombardment Group, Heavy
Service Years
1942 - 1944
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Baton Rouge, Louisiana
Last Address
Wama Airfield, Morotai Island, Dutch East Indies
(now Indonesia)

Casualty Date
Nov 16, 1944
Non Hostile- Died while Missing
Unknown, Not Reported
World War II
Location of Interment
Manila American Cemetery - Taguig City, Philippines
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Tablets of the Missing

 Official Badges 

Photography Specialist

 Unofficial Badges 

 Military Association Memberships
World War II Fallen
  2014, World War II Fallen

 Ribbon Bar

Aircrew Badge

 Unit Assignments/ Advancement Schools
5th Bombardment Group, Heavy
  1944-1944, AAF MOS 152, 5th Bombardment Group, Heavy
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1944-1944 World War II/Asian-Pacific Theater/Western Pacific Campaign (1944-45)
  1944-1944 World War II/Asian-Pacific Theater/Leyte Campaign (1944-45)
 My Aircraft/Missiles
B-24 Liberator  
  1944-1944, B-24 Liberator
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
He was a photographer in HQ Sq. of the 5th BG who had asked to go along on the Nov 16 mission in order to have 1 last aerial look at combat before he returned to the US.
His B-24 was badly damaged by enemy naval gunfire and was able to make into the interior of Borneo where most of the crew bailed out. He was seen to parachute from the plane but was never seen again. His remains were never found; he is memorialized in Manila.

Enlistment record
Book: "The Airmen and the Headhunters", by Judith M. Heimann, Harcourt, Inc., 2007.
TV: network: PBS, series: NOVA, program: "Secrets of the Dead", episode: The Airmen and the Headhunters", first aired Nov 10, 2009.
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