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Philip Lester Brinson collection

Identifier: 02-02.0309

Content Description

This collection relates to Staff Sergeant Philip Lester Brinson who served with the U.S. Army Air Corps in the tail gunner position on B-26B aircraft number 41-18058 Martin Marauder with the 450th Bomb Squadron, 322nd Bombardment Group (Medium) during World War II. On September 9. 1943, this aircraft was hit by flak on a mission to Boulogne, France. The aircraft subsequently flipped over and crashed into the English Channel which killed the entire crew. Brinson was awarded the Purple Heart medal and Air Medal with 1 oak leaf cluster. This collection includes photographs, documents, Brinson's engraved Purple Heart Medal, and his wallet that was returned to the family after his death.


  • Event: 1940-1994

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open to all researchers.

Conditions Governing Use

Permission to publish, exhibit, or broadcast works from the Institute on World War II and the Human Experience must be requested and granted in writing by the director of the Institute. Permission for publication is given on behalf of the Institute on World War II as the owner of the physical items and the copyright holder. Possession of a copy of an item does not constitute permission to publish, exhibit, or broadcast it. The Institute on World War II and the Human Experience reserves the right to refuse permission to individuals and publishers who have not complied with its policies. Permission fees must be paid before images are provided. Please contact the director of the Institute on World War II and the Human Experience for current publication and duplication rates.

Biographical / Historical

Philip Lester Brinson was born on Novemer 16, 1917 in Mayport, Duval County, FL. He joined the U.S. Army at Camp Blanding, FL on July 3, 1942. Brinson was killed in action along with the entire crew of B-26 serial number 41-18058 assigned to the 322 Bomb Group, 450th Bomb Squadron at Andrews Field, UK. The aircraft was struck by flak over the target of the coastal defenses near Boulogne, France. The aircraft entered a spin, rolled on its back and crashed into the English Channel. The loss was assigned Missing Air Crew Report MACR15604. The remains of the crew where not found. The crew is listed in the Ardennes American Cemetery and Memorial Neuville-en-Condroz, Arrondissement de Liège, Liège, Belgium on the Tablets of the Missing.


1 boxes

7 folders

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Philip Lester Brinson collection
Michael G. Kasper
February 9, 2021
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Part of the Institute on WWII and the Human Experience Repository