668th BS Patch

416th Bombardment Group (L)

S/Sgt. Philip G. Fild

Airplane Mechanic-Gunner,  35533423

Killed In Action - Dec 25, 1944

668th Bombardment Squadron (L)


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      Born: 1923, Cleveland, Cuyahoga County, Ohio

Entered Military Service: Date: 2-Feb-1943 At: Cleveland, OH From: Cuyahoga County, Ohio
NARA Enlistment Record: Enlisted Serial # 35533423

Buried: Henri-Chapelle American Cemetery, Hombourg, Belgium, Plot E Row 13 Grave 6

On-line Memorials:
National World War II Registry     Overseas American Cemeteries
American Battle Monuments Commission Memorial, Certificate
Find-A-Grave (1)     Find-A-Grave (2)
Fields of Honor Database


Staff Sergt. Philip G. Fild, 21, son of Mr. and Mrs. Otto Fild, 9421 Denison Avenue S.W., missing over Germany since Dec. 25.

Sergt. Fild was serving as a waist gunner on a Havoc bomber when he was reported missing. He has been in the air forces since February, 1942, and overseas since March, 1943.

The gunner has two sisters, Mrs. Thelma Danzey and Mrs. Helen White. He had completed more than 50 missions and has been awarded the Army Air Medal with eight clusters.

Extracted from Newspapers.com

A/C Last Sighted and was Lost as a result of Enemy Anti-Aircraft.

The number two plane in Captain Prentiss' flight was shot down shortly after. One engine was smoking as the plane fell earthward and exploded near Losheim. No chutes were seen. The pilot of this plane, An A-26 Invader, was Lt R.R. Svenson; his gunner, Staff Sergeant P.G. Fild. Both crews are listed as MIA.
(416th BG History 1944)

See also MACR 11667 and Mission # 177

Photos and Documents
1930 US Census
1940 US Census
Wednesday, January 24, 1945, Plain Dealer (Cleveland, Ohio), Page 9
Tuesday, May 29, 1945, Plain Dealer (Cleveland, Ohio), Page 9
Headstone Inscription and Interment Record
Headstone Memorial
Jewish Servicemen Card
Rosters Of WW II Dead
WW II Army and Army Air Force Casualty List
National World War II Memorial Registry
National World War II Memorial Registry
American Battle Monuments Commission Certificate

Source information can be viewed at WWII Military Service Fatalities Sources

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