1Lt Keith Kenneth Phillips


1Lt Keith Kenneth Phillips

Crystal, Montcalm County, Michigan, USA
Death 13 Jun 1943 (aged 24)
At Sea
Burial Carthage, Tunis, Tunisia
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Keith served as a First Lieutenant & Pilot on B-24D #41-23785, 345th Bomber Squadron, 98th Bomber Group, Heavy, U.S. Army Air Forces during World War II.

He resided in Montcalm County, Michigan prior to the war.

He enlisted in the Army Air Corps on July 18, 1941, prior to the war, in Los Angeles, California. He was noted, at the time of his enlistment, as being employed as an Actor and also as Single, without dependents.

B-24D #41-23785 took off from Benina Base in Libya on a bombing mission to Calabria Airdrome, Italy. After successfully dropping their bombs they collided, for an unknown reason, with B-24D #41-11806 while returning from the mission. Both planes crashed into the Mediterranean sea.

Keith was declared "Missing In Action" in this collision during the war.

He was awarded the "Distinguished Flying Cross", Air Medal with 4 Oak Leaf Clusters and the Purple Heart.

Service # O-437588

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Airmen who perished on B-24D #41-23785:

Aho, Robert G ~ Capt, FC, OH
Dallas, Raymond E, Jr ~ T/Sgt, Radio Operator, MO
Farley, Daniel P ~ S/Sgt, Gunner, IN
Frantz, Clement ~ S/Sgt, Gunner, NJ
Jones, William C ~ Maj, Co-Pilot, NH
Marshall, Roy R ~ T/Sgt, Engineer, IL
Moffett, William L ~ 1st Lt, Bombardier, ID
Phillips, Keith K ~ 1st Lt, Pilot, MI
Thomas, Gerhard H. A., Jr ~ Capt, Navigator, LA
Walters, Ray E ~ S/Sgt, Gunner, TN

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For airmen who perished on B-24D #41-11806 see:

Stone, William C ~ Capt, Pilot, MI

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Bio & Crew Reports by:
Russell S. "Russ" Pickett


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