PHELPS, FREDERICK R., Sergeant, # 13049345, USAAF
He was born on 23 May 1923 in Washington, D.C., to Revel George Phelps (1889-1943) and Edna Catherine (Schwigert) Phelps (1889-1968). Siblings included George Weed Phelps (1906-1940), Robert F. Phelps (1911-1976), Edna Catherine Phelps (1916-2003), Elizabeth Mildred (Phelps) Jamerson nee Coe (1919-1993), and William C. Phelps (1921-2009).
He enlisted in the USAAF in Washington, D.C., on 8 January 1942, while living in Montgomery County, Maryland. He was trained in the maintenance and function of the mechanics of the B-25 and served as its engineer (crew chief). He earned his crewman wings. He was also trained as a gunner. On 6 June 1944, from the 10th Air Force airfield at Kurmitola, India, a B-25H, # 43-4204, 341st Bomb Group, 490th Bomb Squadron, departed on an ammunition ferrying mission to the airfield at Chittagong, Burma, via Saichar. The weather was bad and visibility poor. At map coordinates RK212795, the completely wrecked remains of a B-25 was found on the sheer side of a mountain, about 100 feet from the summit. A local Indian Army unit reported that the aircraft crashed into the mountainside, then obscured by clouds, at about 1100 hours local on 6 June. His remains were first recovered by Graves Registration and buried at the airfield cemetery in Barrackpore, India. He is remembered on the monument in the Manila American Cemetery & Mausoleum, Philippines. His remains were recovered from the airfield cemetery at Barrackpore, India, and buried in the Arlington National Cemetery, on 16 March 1950 (Sec. 34, Grave 4336). He was awarded the Air Medal and the Purple Heart.
His brother, William C. Phelps, orn 8 July 1921, served in the USAAF from 28 August 1942 to 3 September 1946. He graduated from McKinley H.S. in Washington, D.C. He died 7 July 2009 in York, York County, PA, and is buried in the Fairfield Union Cemetery.