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Eugene Phillips

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Eugene F. Phillips was an American WWII fighter pilot who flew 43 missions in the P-38 Lightning before being shot down outside of Foggia, Italy in a mission to strafe the Foggia Air Drome.[citation needed] He was initially captured by civilians 30 hours after crash.[citation needed] He was turned over to Italian authorities before being transferred to the Nazis and placed into the prison camp Stalag Luft III, also known for the movie The Great Escape.[1][2]

In WWII he was 2nd Lieutenant P-38G pilot with the 15th Air force stationed in NW Africa, city of Tunisia.[3]

Eugene was a POW at the Stalag Luft III prison camp until it was marched out on Jan. 25, 1945 to Mooseburg, Germany. General George Patton liberated the Camp in Mooseburg on April 29, 1945. Eugene was in a ship crossing the Atlantic when the United States dropped the the Atomic Bomb on Hiroshima. He was sent to Atlantic City, NJ for rest and recuperation where he met Helen S. Nadolsky and they married on Jan. 22, 1947. Eugene attended Temple University working on a degree in Engineering during this time.

In 1951 Eugene was recalled into the military for the Korean War. He was stationed in Albany, GA Turner Air Force Base with the 468th Strategic Fighter Group. He was a test pilot and instructor for the F-84 fighter jet and part of Fox Peter I, in-air refueling operations. He taught reconnaissance as an instructor for the F-84 Flash. Gary Francis Powers was one of his students at the time.

Eugene later became commander of the 498th Missile Maintenance Squadron. https://www.newspapers.com/image/11618295/

Phillips is survived by daughter Marilyn Phillips Johansen.[1][2]


  1. 1.0 1.1 Glassman, Marvin (13 September 2016). "'Lost Airmen of Buchenwald' documentary to be presented". Sun Sentinel. Retrieved 21 March 2018.
  2. 2.0 2.1 "Marilyn Johansen Is Featured At "Portrait Of A Warrior" Exhibition". The Rickie Report. 28 May 2016. Retrieved 21 March 2018.
  3. http://raf-112-squadron.org/82ndfghonor_roll.html

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