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MoMM3 George William Phillips, Jr

MoMM3 George William Phillips, Jr

New Hampshire, USA
Death 13 Aug 1944 (aged 19)
At Sea
Burial Manila, Metro Manila, National Capital Region, Philippines
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Memorial ID 56790375 · View Source
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Having actually gone "Missing" on the above date, he was not officially declared by the military as being dead until January 19, 1946.

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Son of Mr. & Mrs. George W. Phillips, Sr.

George served as a Motor Machinist's Mate, Third Class, U.S.S. Flier (SS-250), U.S. Navy during World War II.

He resided in Rochester, Strafford County, New Hampshire prior to the war.

George was declared "Missing In Action" when the Flier hit a mine and sunk in the Balabac Strait during the war.

He was awarded the Purple Heart.

Service # 8067821

George also has a "Cenotaph" in the Saint Marys Cemetery, Rochester, New Hampshire.
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Bio by:
Russell S. "Russ" Pickett


Motor Machinist's Mate 2rd Class George W. Phillips Jr. MIA/KIA
Official Date of Death: January 19, 1946
Hometown: Rochester, New Hampshire
Service # 8067821
Awards: Purple Heart, American Campaign Medal, Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal, Philippine Liberation Medal, Submarine Combat Patrol Insignia
Captain: John D. Crowley

Ship: USS Flier (SS-250)
Mission: Second war patrol
Mission Date: 25-Oct-44
Location: Balabac Straight, South of Palawan
Cause: Sunk by mine
Crew: of 86 MIA/KIA 8 Survivors

USS Flier, a 1525-ton Gato class submarine built at Groton, Connecticut, was commissioned in mid-October 1943. She departed from Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, for her first war patrol in January 1944. While entering the harbor at Midway Island during a storm, she went aground and was seriously damaged.

The damaged submarine was towed back to Pearl Harbor and finally reached the Mare Island Navy Yard, California, where she was repaired. Flier made another start on her first war patrol in May 1944, heading from Pearl Harbor to the waters off Luzon. While en route on 4 June she attacked and sank the transport Hakusan Maru. On June 13, she attacked a Japanese convoy off Subic Bay, receiving a depth charging in return, and on June 22-23, hit another convoy off Mindoro, apparently damaging one or more ships.

In early August 1944 Flier left Fremantle, Australia, for her second war patrol. On 13 August, while transiting shallow water to enter the South China Sea, she struck a mine and quickly sank. Fourteen of 86 crewmen escaped, but only eight survived the subsequent long swim to reach shore. After making their way by raft to Palawan and being protected by local people and a group of guerrillas, at the end of the month they were evacuated by the submarine U.S.S. Redfin (SS-272).

The following U.S.S. Flier crew members survived the sinking and were later rescued by U.S.S. Redfin (SS-272):

1. Earl R. Bumgart
2. John Daniel Crowley
3. James Dello Russo*
4. Arthur Gibson Howell
5. Alvin E. Jacobson, Jr.
6. James W. Liddell, Jr.
7. Wesley Bruce Miller
8. Donald Paul Tremaine


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  • Created by: CWGC/ABMC
  • Added: 8 Aug 2010
  • Find A Grave Memorial 56790375
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for MoMM3 George William Phillips, Jr (25 Nov 1924–13 Aug 1944), Find A Grave Memorial no. 56790375, citing Manila American Cemetery and Memorial, Manila, Metro Manila, National Capital Region, Philippines ; Maintained by CWGC/ABMC (contributor 6) .