Phillip served as a First Lieutenant and Co-Pilot on B-24J #42-50620, 700th Bomber Squadron, 445th Bomber Group, Heavy, U.S. Army Air Forces during World War II.
He resided in Mille Lacs County, Minnesota prior to the war.
B-24J #42-50620 took off, with a crew of 9 and other B-24's, from Tibenham, England on a cargo (supply) mission over Germany. While flying at 300 feet near their supply drop zone they were hit by small arm fire causing them to crash near Wesel, Germany. The B-24 was seen exploding on impact with the ground. The entire crew was Killed in Action in this crash.
Phillip was "Killed In Action" in this crash during the war.
He was awarded the Air Medal and the Purple Heart.
Service # O2057268
He was originally interred in Europe and was later repatriated here on February 11, 1954.
The reason he is named on a group headstone is because when soldiers & sailors were killed in close proximity to each other they were unable, at that time, to identify them separately and interred their remains together in one grave.
( Bio & Family Link by: Russ Pickett )
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Airmen who perished on B-24J #42-50620:
Barker, Phillip N. ~ S/Sgt, Waist Gunner, MN
Elliott, Glenn O. ~ S/Sgt, Tail Gunner, PA
Engebretson, Phillip W. ~ 1st Lt, Co-Pilot, MN
Goemaat, Johannes ~ S/Sgt, Nose Gunner, NJ
Reid, James W. ~ S/Sgt, Waist Gunner, MA
Shultz, Raymond P. ~ 1st Lt, Pilot, MI
Selin, Robert L. ~ Flt Off, Navigator, NV
Silverman, Irving ~ T/Sgt, Radio Operator, NJ
Taylor, Raymond H. ~ T/Sgt, Engineer, CA
B-24J #42-51245 was also lost on this mission.
To see who was lost on this B-24 please see:
Strickland, Jennis M. ~ 1st Lt, Pilot, MD
( Crew reports by: Russ Pickett )
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Previously added to Find A Grave,
From St Louis Co, MN.
The following was published in the Chisholm Tribune Press.
LT. PHILLIP ENGEBRETSON
Phillip William Engebretson, son of Mr. and Mrs. Roy Engebretson, now of Princeton, Minn., was killed March 24, 1945, a mile and a half east of Wesel, Germany, when the bomber on which he was co-pilot was damaged by enemy ground fire and was seen to fall to earth and explode. Phillip and three other crew members have not been heard from since, while five other members of the crew are buried in Margarten, Holland. Among his citations was the air medal. He was a member of the 8th AAF.
1LT, US ARMY AIR FORCES WORLD WAR II
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