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Philip Robert Ballinger

Military

Philip Ballinger was a pilot in the 358th FG, transferred to 9th AF on 1 February 1944. He flew 36 missions before being shot down by Flak over France in his P-47 #42-76328 on 11 April 1944 on a dive-bombing/strafing mission to the Rennes/Saint-Jacques-de-Lalande airfield, Ille-et-Vilaine Department, France. Crashed La Goultière, 1km West of Châteaubourg, Ille-et-Vilaine Department, France. Evaded capture for a few days and was arrested near Douai, France on 16 April. Prisoner of War (POW). Interned at the Fresnes Prison in Paris. Sent to the Dulag Luft Interrogation Center in Wetzlar, Germany on 27 July 1944. Interned at Stalag Luft 3, Sagan/Zagan, Poland. Force-marched to Stalag 7A Moosburg. Liberated there 29 April 1945 by US troops. NARA WWII POW Records “Returned to Military Control 26 June 1945.” Missing Air Crew Report - MACR 4523.

Service

Units served with

  • 358th Fighter Group

    358th Fighter Group

    Group
    The 358th Fighter Group flew seventeen missions with the Eighth Air Force from Leiston air base. At the beginning of February 1944 the Group were transferred to the Ninth Air Force in exchange for the 357th Fighter Group. With the Ninth, the Group went...

  • 367th Fighter Squadron

Aircraft

  • 42-76328

    P-47 Thunderbolt
    Hit by Flak with Pilot 2nd Lt Philip R. Ballinger on a dive-bombing/strafing mission 11 April 1944 to the Rennes/Saint-Jacques-de-Lalande airfield, Ille-et-Vilaine Department, France. Crashed La Goultière, 1km West of Châteaubourg, Ille-et-Vilaine...

Missions

Associated Place

  • Raydon

    Military site : airfield
    Although never used as such, Raydon was built during 1942-43 as an Eighth Air Force bomber base, with three concrete runways, 50 loop and one pan hardstandings, and two dispersed T2 hangars. Initially on loan to the Ninth Air Force, it was first...

Events

Event Location Date
Born Kerrville, Texas 10 September 1922

the son of Lemuel M. and Ida A. (Patten) Ballinger

Bailed out 11 April 1944

of his P-47 #42-76328 near Châteaubourg, Ille-et-Vilaine, France

Evaded capture 11 April 1944 – 16 April 1944

Captured near Douai, France after initially evading capture

Prisoner of War (POW) 16 April 1944 – 1945

Interned at the Fresnes Prison in Paris. Sent to the Dulag Luft Interrogation Center in Wetzlar on 27 July. Interned at Stalag Luft 3; force-marched to Stalag 7A Moosburg. Liberated there 29 April 1945 by US troops. NARA WWII POW Records “Returned to Military Control 26 June 1945.”

Buried 2011

Philip Ballinger rests at the Evergreen Memorial Park Cemetery, Sumter, South Carolina

Died 1 July 2011

Sumter, South Carolina

Lived in

North Little Rock, Arkansas

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
07 March 2020 11:25:24 ED-BB Changes to middlename, biography, awards, events, place associations and mission associations
Sources

WWII Draft Card
MACR 4523
NARA WWII POW Records
NARA Captured German Records : – J-861 at https://catalog.archives.gov/id/131495865
+ page 35 at KU-559A (12 of 17) at https://catalog.archives.gov/id/142682978

Date Contributor Update
11 June 2019 16:12:59 Claiborne Stokes Changes to service number
Sources

MACR 4523

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:21:30 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / Electronic database submission; MACR; NARA POW records; Obituary

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