PHILLIP O. NEWMAN
U.S. ARMY AIR CORPS
Colonel Newman a resident of Gainesville, Florida for eight years joined the Army Air Corps during World War II. Colonel Newman was
a bomber pilot assigned to the 15th Air Force, 99th Bomb Group, 347th Bomb Squadron in Foggie, Italy.
As a First Lieutenant, Newman
piloted the Famous B-17 "Flying Fortress" Heavy Bomber. It was his job as lead pilot to guide B-17s on missions over eight countries.
Newman flew sixty missions, fifty of them combat mission. He and his crew destroyed oil refineries, tank factories, tunnels, bridges
and disrupted the flow of enemy military traffic. Our job was to destroy the enemies' ability to make war.
After the war ended
he worked for Western Auto Supply Company, and later owned Cascade Communications Inc. He continued to serve in the U.S. Air Force
reserves until 1955 and earned the rank of Colonel.
One of Newman's greatest concerns was that as veterans of the war slowly faded
away, so would America's interest and appreciation for what it meant, It was a theme in his life to make sure the high price paid
for freedom was not forgotten, and that enormity of the war was not disminished.
He was an active member of the Military Support
Group of Alachua County, the Decrepit Birdman. the Experimental Aircraft Association, UF Oral History Program, the American Legion,
Disabled American Veterans, Marine Corps League, the Alachua County Veteran's Advisory Board and was nominated more than once for
local community service awaeds.
Newman spearheaded the efforts made by the Decrepit Birdmen, a local group of seniors involved
in different aspects of aviation to speak at schools and events around Alachua County.
Colonel Newman donated much of his
wartine memorabilia including photos, uniforms, mission maps, books, flight training manuals, a collection of recorded interviews
with veterans and his own time to the Wings of Dreams Aviation Museum in Keystone Heights, Florida.
Colonel Newman moved to Winston-Salem,
NC, after the death of his wife, to live with his daughter Phillis Newman. On January 5, 2013 Colonel Newman passed away, he was 89.
Newman will always remind you that it is all about freedom, and that the cost of FREEDOM IS NEVER FREE.
Lieutenant Phil O. Newman
Lieutenant Phil Newman and his crew in 1944
Arrow is pointing at Newman
Aurelia and Phil enjoying a moment in front of the camera. Aurelia who's nickname is Chick is the
wife of Phil Newman.
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TRIBUTE TO COLONEL NEWMAN
NEWMAN AIR WAR