Elvin L. Phillips, wat 'n sersant vir die US Army Air Forces was, was a gunner on board an aircraft that crashed north of Bucharest
, Roemenië, in die somer van 1943, the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency said in a nuusvrystelling
Phillips was a member of the 66th Bombardment Squadron
, 44th Bombardment Group and was the tail gunner on the B-24 Liberator aircraft that carried eight other personnel and took off from Libya on August
1, 1943, as part of Operation Tidal Wave in Romania
, according to the MIA Accounting Agency
The target was oil refineries in Ploiesti, het die agentskap gesê. Phillips was killed by anti-aircraft fire near Ploiesti and the badly damaged plane crashed. Two crew members survived by bailing out, dit het gesê.
Aanvanklik, Phillips’ remains were buried as Unknowns in the Hero Section of the Civilian and Military Cemetery of Bolovan, Ploiesti, Prahova, Roemenië.
After the war, the American Graves Registration Command recovered all American remains from the cemetery for identification. It was unable to identify more than 80 unknowns and those remains were buried at two cemeteries in Belgium, het die agentskap gesê.
Deur 2017, the agency began exhuming unidentified remains believed to be associated with unaccounted-for airmen from Operation Tidal Wave. Those remains were sent to the agency’s Laboratory at Offutt Air Force Base, Nebraska, to be examined and identified, the agency explained. Phillips’ remains were identified in March.
World War II began in 1939 and ended in 1945, met meer as 16 million US troops serving in the battle. N somtotaal van 405,399 US troops died in the war.