Philpott, Thomas Edward

Individual Personnel Data
Name Philpott, Thomas Edward   
Rank Sergeant / Staff Sergeant
Serial Number 19143931   
Unit Assignments Assigned to the 544th Bombardment Squadron (Heavy), per AAF Station 106 Special Orders #38 dated 26 February 1944
Duty Flexible Gunner / Ball Turret Gunner
MOS757 - Radio Operator / Mechanic / Gunner, AAF
Last Duty Date 17 October 1944
Results Completed Tour, Returned to USA
Additional Information
  • Thomas E. Philpott flew 27 combat missions with the 15th Air Force before being assigned to the 384th Bombardment Group.
  • He was credited with a combined total of 30 combat missions.
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Crew Composition When Assigned to the 384th BG
Replacement Combat Crew
CREWMEMBER POSITION RESULTS
2nd Lt. Yokie, John OliviPilotCT
2nd Lt. Plunkett, Meredith Watson, JrCo-pilotCT
2nd Lt. Donehoo, William MontgomeryNavigatorCT
2nd Lt. Miller, John FranklinBombardierCT
T/SGT. Patterson, James RedmondRadio Operator / GunnerCT
T/SGT. Graham, John MebaneEngineer / Top Turret GunnerCT
S/SGT. Wearne, Walter EugeneBall Turret GunnerPOW
S/SGT. Potempa, Walter (NMI)Tail GunnerCT
S/SGT. Matican, Sigmund SidneyFlexible GunnerKIA
SGT. Philpott, Thomas EdwardFlexible GunnerCT

Missions, Aircraft, Crews
This individual was credited with 16 Combat Missions.
Number Date Target Position Aircraft Mission/Sortie Information
74 9 March 1944 Target: Heinkel Aircraft Plant
Type: Aircraft Industry
Location: Oranienburg, Germany
Waist (Flexible) Gunner 42‑37982 Combat Mission Credit
Sortie Report
75 16 March 1944 Target: Aircraft Assembly & Repair Works
Type: Aircraft Industry
Location: Oberpfaffenhofen, Germany
Waist (Flexible) Gunner 42‑31346 Combat Mission Credit
Sortie Report
76 18 March 1944 Target: Aircraft Assembly & Repair Works
Type: Aircraft Industry
Location: Oberpfaffenhofen, Germany
Waist (Flexible) Gunner 42‑39888 Combat Mission Credit
Returned early from mission after taking off.
Lead Squadron, high composite group. Turned back at 1246 hrs, deep in enemy territory, because #3 supercharger went out and aircraft could not maintain position in the formation.
Sortie Report
77 19 March 1944 Target: NOBALL (V-2 Storage and Launch Site)
Type: CROSSBOW (V-Weapons)
Location: Wizernes, France
Waist (Flexible) Gunner 42‑97150 Combat Mission Credit
Sortie Report
78 20 March 1944 Type: Industry
Location: Frankfurt am Main, Germany
Waist (Flexible) Gunner 42‑3440 Combat Mission Credit
Sortie Report
79 22 March 1944 Target: Heinkel Aircraft Assembly Plant at Annahof Airfield
Type: Aircraft Industry
Location: Oranienburg, Germany
Waist (Flexible) Gunner 42‑37885 Combat Mission Credit
Sortie Report
80 23 March 1944 Target: Airdrome and Airpark
Type: German Air Force (Luftwaffe)
Location: Gütersloh, Germany
Waist (Flexible) Gunner 42‑31346 Combat Mission Credit
Lead Squadron, composite high group
Sortie Report
83 27 March 1944 Target: Airfield
Type: German Air Force (Luftwaffe)
Location: Tours & Chartres, France
Waist (Flexible) Gunner 42‑3429 Combat Mission Credit
94 Group, Flying Spare. Joined formation.
Sortie Report
85 29 March 1944 Target: Railroad Marshalling Yards
Type: Transportation
Location: Brunswick / Braunschweig, Germany
Waist (Flexible) Gunner 42‑37785 Combat Mission Credit
Landed away at Polebrook, due to weather.
Sortie Report
110 20 May 1944 Target: Orly Airport
Type: German Air Force (Luftwaffe)
Location: Paris, France
Waist (Flexible) Gunner 42‑97188 Combat Mission Credit
High Squadron Lead.
Sortie Report
118 28 May 1944 Target: Railroad Marshalling Yards
Type: Transportation
Location: Cologne / Köln, Germany
Waist (Flexible) Gunner 42‑39888 Combat Mission Credit
Sortie Report
135 14 June 1944 Target: Coulommiers Airfield
Type: German Air Force (Luftwaffe)
Location: Coulommiers, France
Ball Turret 42‑37776 Combat Mission Credit
41B Wing, Low Group. 'Over the target four enemy fighters dove through the formation, shooting off a big chunk of this B-17's stabilizer; a shell went through her wing, grazing a gas tank and a mass of controls, but did no damage. When she reached her hardstand, the sub-depot boys had a new stabilizer there by the time the props stopped turning.'
Sortie Report
136 15 June 1944 Target: Railroad Viaduct
Type: Transportation
Location: La Possonnièrre, France
Ball Turret 42‑107224 Combat Mission Credit
Sortie Report
137 16 June 1944 Target: Athies Airfield
Type: German Air Force (Luftwaffe)
Location: Laon, France
Ball Turret 42‑97367 Combat Mission Credit
Sortie Report
139 19 June 1944 Target: NOBALL (V-1 Launch Site)
Type: CROSSBOW (V-Weapons)
Location: Fleury & Crépy, France
Ball Turret 42‑107224 Combat Mission Credit
41A Group.
Sortie Report
140 19 June 1944 Target: NOBALL (V-1 Launch Site)
Type: CROSSBOW (V-Weapons)
Location: Fleury & Crépy, France
Ball Turret 43‑37703 Combat Mission Credit
41B Group.
Sortie Report

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