埃尔文 L. 菲利普斯, 谁是美国陆军空军的中士, was a gunner on board an aircraft that crashed north of Bucharest
, 罗马尼亚, in the summer of
1943, the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency said in a 新闻发布
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, 该机构说. Phillips was killed by anti-aircraft fire near Ploiesti and the badly damaged plane crashed. Two crew members survived by bailing out, 它说.
原来, 菲利普斯’ remains were buried as Unknowns in the Hero Section of the Civilian and Military Cemetery of Bolovan, Ploiesti, Prahova, 罗马尼亚.
战争结束后, 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, 该机构说.
通过 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, 内布拉斯加, to be examined and identified, the agency explained. 菲利普斯’ remains were identified in March.
World War II began in 1939 and ended in 1945, 超过 16 million US troops serving in the battle. 总共 405,399 US troops died in the war.