1/Lt. Philip Gangemi


(F. Birtciel)

1/Lt. Philip Gangemi

343rd FS  02 August 1944 - March 1945

Assigned Aircraft

P-51D CY-X 44-14632

Mission History

Not Known

Mission List
55th FG Mission # Date Target
231 11 September 1944 Ruhland
306 14 January 1945 Magdeburg (Made a claim for an Me-262 kill)
Air Scores
Destroyed  
Probable  
Damaged  
Ground Scores
Destroyed  
Damaged  
Notes Home of record - Reading, PA
ASN - O-675923
02 August 1944 - Joined the 343rd Fighter Squadron
September 1944 - Promoted from 2nd Lieutenant to 1st Lieutenant
March 1945 - Ended Tour of Duty
Flew CY-X from November 1944 to early March 1945
Awards
Memories 11 September 1944 - MACR No.08682
Lt. Phillip Gangemi reported: "On Sept. 11, 1944, Capt. Robert Brown was leading Tudor Squadron.  I was flying #2 position, Lt. Rosenhoff #3 and Lt. Blair in #4 position, (in Brown's flight).  Capt. Brown dropped belly tanks in the vicinity of Sonneberg, Germany at 12.00 and bounced a bogie which turned out to be a Mosquito.  Then Capt. Brown turned for home base, flying at 26,000 feet on a heading of 265 degrees for about 15 minutes.  Someone called in and said that bombers were being attacked to the left.  Capt. brown headed into the fight.  At that time I, Lt. Rosenhoff and Lt. Blair were line abreast with Capt. Brown.  Just as we entered the middle of the fight, I glanced to the left and saw what I believed to be a Tudor airplane with the right wing knocked off and burning.  The plane could have been struck by pieces of other aircraft falling through the air.  I do not believe that it was due to a direct enemy attack.  The flight was split up in the encounter and we all returned home alone."

"he went on to fly F102's the Delta Wing Fighter in Alaska. After retiring he became a Gun Smith in his hometown, not too sure but I think it was in Nevada" - T. White - April 2014

  Phillip Gangemi, Jr., of Yellville, died Feb. 25, 2000. Mr. Gangemi was born July 28, 1915 the son of Phillip and Frances (Monford) Gangemi . He was a retired United States Air Force Colonel and served during World War II, Korean Conflict and Vietnam. Survivors include his sister, Frances INDY of Newport Richy, FL. No services were scheduled. (Obituary from Mt. Echo Staff)

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