Robert E. Phillips

Preferred Name: Bob
Nickname/Call Sign: Bob
Date Of Birth: 09-25-1930
Highest Military Grade Held: Lt Col, O 5
Hometown: East Providence, RI

Robert E. Phillips headed west on November 28, 2002.

Civilian Education

  • Norwich Free Academy (Connecticut) Class of 1948

Units Assigned

  • Jan – Feb 1951 Enlisted in USAF. Basic Airman training at Lackand AFB, San Antonio
  • Feb – July 1951 Training in aviation maint. Sheppard AFB, Wichita Falls, Texas.
  • July – Nov 1951 Crew Chief F-80, Luke AFB, Phoenix, Arizona
  • Nov – July 1952 Hanger Maintenance Dock Chief F-80/F-86, Nellis AFB, LV, Nevada
  • August 1952 – Feb 54 Flight Cadet Training Class 53F Goodfellow AFB, TX, Williams AFB, AZ, Craig AFB, AL, Luke AFB, AZ
  • Mar – Dec 1954 310th Fighter Bomb Sq. F-84 Fighter pilot / Maint Officer Taegu AB, S. Korea
  • Jan 1955 – 1958 428th TFS, Cannon AFB, NM Fighter pilot / Maint Officer F-86, F-100
  • 1958 – July 1961 478th TFS Cannon AFB, NM Fighter pilot / Maint Officer F-100
  • Aug – Nov 1961 – F-105 Training, Nellis AFB, NV, F-105
  • Dec 1961- Aug 1965 – 53d TFS, Fighter pilot / Flying Safety Officer Bitburg AB, Germany F-105
  • July – Dec 1965 336th TFS, Seymour Johnson AFB, NC Operations Officer
  • Jan – April 1966 335th TFS, Seymour Johnson AFB, NC Operations Officer
  • April – Oct 1966 – 421st TFS, Korat AB, Thailand Flight Commander F-105 (111 Combat Msns)
  • Oct 1966 – Oct 1968 560th TFS, McConnell AFB, Kansas RTU Flight Instructor Pilot / Operations Officer Investigating Officer Accident Investigations
  • Oct 1968 – Mar 1970 4519th CCTS, McConnell AFB, Kansas Chief of Training, Analysis & Development, RTU Instructor Pilot F-105
  • Mar 1970 – May 1971 419th TFTS, McConnell AFB, Kansas Squadron Material Officer, RTU Flight Instructor Pilot F-105
  • May 1971 – 1972 Asst. Dir Logistics, 23d TFW, McConnell AFB, Kansas
  • Retired Active Duty – 21 years, 2 months

Military Education

  • USAF A&E School Sheppard AFB, 1951
  • Aviation Cadet, Craig AFB, Alabama Grad 1953
  • Squadron Officer School Maxwell AFB, Alabama Sep – Dec 1958


Civilian Advisor to the Commander at Carswell AFB to assist in the conversion of three Reserve C-124 squadrons to F-105 fighters, with one of the squadrons being the 457th TFS who to this date continue to call Carswell AFB / JRB Fort Worth their home.
Bob logged 4200 accident free flying hours, with 794 hrs specifically flying the F-100 Super Sabre.
Bob passed away Thanksgiving night of 2002 and has been sorely missed by all that knew him, and those of us who loved and called him our friend.
Submitted by Steve White

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