668th BS Patch

416th Bombardment Group (L)

Capt. James Potter "Jim" Phillips

Pilot, 668th B.S.

 

Photo and Document Collection

WWII-Medal

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Unless otherwise noted, these images are from the Public Domain or were
provided to the 416th Bomb Group Archive by Jim Phillips, his family or friends.
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Training
James Phillips, Aviation Cadet
James Phillips, Aviation Cadet
Jim's brother, Charles L. "Charlie" Phillips
Early Solo Flight
Primary Training, Sequoia Field, Visalia, CA. April to June, 1942
Ryan PT-22 "Recruit", Primary Trainer
Basic Training, Minter Field, Merced, CA. June to August, 1942. Vultee BT-13 "Valian" Basic Trainer
North American AT-6 "Texan", Advanced Trainier
Advanced Training, Stockton Field, Stockton, CA. August to October, 1942
 
 
 
 
 
 



Overseas Tour of Duty
Jim's Caption: "Me in an older A-26. Later models had a more open "Clamshell" roof with much better visibility"

"Eva Mae", A-26B-15-DT aircraft, Serial # 43-22321, 5H-T
Jim's Caption: "Me in an older A-26. Later models had a more open "Clamshell" roof with much better visibility"

"Eva Mae", A-26B-15-DT aircraft, Serial # 43-22321, 5H-T
Jim's Caption: "My Gunner, Bill Miller, in his "Office"."
Jim's Caption: "My Gunner, Bill Miller, in his "Office"."
Jim's Caption: "Spent Tent Snowball Fight! ?, Laseter, Blount, Shaft"

L-R: Unknown, Lt William H. Laseter, Pilot; F/O Judson H. Blount, Jr., B/N; Lt Robert E. Shaft, B/N
Jim's Caption: "Spent Tent Snowball Fight! ?, Laseter, Blount, Shaft"

L-R: Unknown, Lt William H. Laseter, Pilot; F/O Judson H. Blount, Jr., B/N; Lt Robert E. Shaft, B/N
Jim's Caption: "The interior of "Spent Tent". The lady who did these blow-ups said, "It looks just like MASH!""
Jim's Caption: "The interior of "Spent Tent". The lady who did these blow-ups said, "It looks just like MASH!""
Jim's Caption: "The Boys of "Spent Tent" at Laon. Lts. Lackner - Phillips - Vars. 1st Row - Laseter - Shaft - Parkhurst"

Standing L-R: Lt Ralph J. Lackner, Jr., Pilot; Lt James P. Phillips, Pilot; Lt Clifford J. Vars, Pilot
Front L-R: Lt William H. Laseter, Pilot; Lt Robert E. Shaft, B/N; Lt George J. Parkhurst, Pilot
Jim's Caption: "The Boys of "Spent Tent" at Laon. Lts. Lackner - Phillips - Vars. 1st Row - Laseter - Shaft - Parkhurst"

Standing L-R: Lt Ralph J. Lackner, Jr., Pilot; Lt James P. Phillips, Pilot; Lt Clifford J. Vars, Pilot
Front L-R: Lt William H. Laseter, Pilot; Lt Robert E. Shaft, B/N; Lt George J. Parkhurst, Pilot
Jim's Caption: "My Gunner took this picture on the way back from a Mission (after we were back over France.) We must have been #6 in the Lead Box. Sorry for the poor quality - Blown up from a 1 1/2" x 2" photo!"
Jim's Caption: "My Gunner took this picture on the way back from a Mission (after we were back over France.) We must have been #6 in the Lead Box. Sorry for the poor quality - Blown up from a 1 1/2" x 2" photo!"
Jim's Caption: "Bill Laseter took this picture of me, flying "Sugar Baby""

"Sugar Baby" is A-26B-20-DL aircraft, Serial # 41-39274, 5H-S
Jim's Caption: "Bill Laseter took this picture of me, flying "Sugar Baby""

"Sugar Baby" is A-26B-20-DL aircraft, Serial # 41-39274, 5H-S
 
 
 
 



Returning to the USA
Jim's Caption: "A better print of the cover photo on my book."
Jim's Caption: "A better print of the cover photo on my book."
Jim's Caption: "A better print of the cover photo on my book."
Jim's Caption: "A better print of the cover photo on my book."
Jim's Caption: "Another view of "Sugar Baby" over the South Atlantic. Note the terrible fade over the last twenty years - the color was once as good as that in the 8x10 "Cover Photo"!"
Jim's Caption: "Another view of "Sugar Baby" over the South Atlantic. Note the terrible fade over the last twenty years - the color was once as good as that in the 8x10 "Cover Photo"!"
Jim's Caption: "At Georgetown, S.A. on the way home. If you look real carefully, you can read "Sugar Baby" on the nose of the second ship. My plane, in third place is "Carrot Top"."
Jim's Caption: "At Georgetown, S.A. on the way home. If you look real carefully, you can read "Sugar Baby" on the nose of the second ship. My plane, in third place is "Carrot Top"."
Jim's Caption: "The plane I flew home. Named by some other pilot, it is neat that my Lois was also a red-head!"

"Carrot Top" is A-20G-45-DO aircraft, Serial # 43-21809, 5H-A
Jim's Caption: "The plane I flew home. Named by some other pilot, it is neat that my Lois was also a red-head!"

"Carrot Top" is A-20G-45-DO aircraft, Serial # 43-21809, 5H-A
 
 
 
 




See also:
James Potter "Jim" Phillips Post-War Obituary

"Pillars In The Sky, by Jim Phillips
(PDF file)