PHILLIS, STEPHEN RICHARD
Name: Stephen Richard Phillis Rank/Branch: Captain/US Air Force Unit: Age: 30 Home City: Rock Island IL Date of Loss: 15 February 1991 Country of Loss: Northwestern Kuwait Loss Coordinates: Status: Missing in Action Status in 2002: Killed in Action/Body Recovered Acft/Vehicle/Ground: A10
Other Personnel in Incident: (none missing)
Source: Compiled by Homecoming II Project 09 March 1991 from one or more of the following: raw data from U.S. Government agency sources, published sources, interviews. Updated by the POW NETWORK 2002.
REMARKS: OPERATION DESERT STORM
SYNOPSIS: The A10 "Warthog" is a close-air-support aircraft originally designed as a tank killer. The missions assigned to the A10 require them to fly low, making them vulnerable to anti-aircraft fire.
On 15 February 1991, an A10 "Warthog" flown by Air Force Capt. Stephen Richard Phillis was shot down over northwestern Kuwait. Phillis was declared Missing in Action. Details of the mission have not yet been made public.
Phillis' family last spoke with him in early February when he called home. His parents, Richard and Diane Phillis, anxiously await news of his fate. His brother, Michael, currently serves with the Seabees, a Navy construction unit, in the Persian Gulf. Phillis is the oldest of five children and is unmarried.
The Iraqis have stated that Allied prisoners of war would be used as "human shields" to protect their important military sites from attack by Allied forces. Amidst clearly inflated shoot-down reports issued by the Iraqis, and reluctance by the Pentagon to release premature information, observers wait for news of missing and captured military personnel, speculating on the treatment they will receive as prisoners if they are captured.
Those who recall the torture and degradation American POWs were subjected to by the North Vietnamese can only wait and pray. Those who recall the abandonment of American POWs in World War II, Korea and Vietnam are watching carefully, determined that all our men and women will be returned alive, or fully accounted for, before American troops leave the Middle East when hostilities cease.
Stephen Phillis graduated from Rock Island Alleman High School and later graduated from the United States Air Force Academy in 1982.