Retired Air Force Col. Philip G. Kemp, 83, who served in both World Wars, died Monday at Bethesda Naval Hospital after an aneurysm.
He was a pilot in the Army Air Signal Corps in World War I. After the war he remained active in the Reserves. Col. Kemp helped organize the Chicago Aero Commission that established the Chicago Municipal Airport, now known as Midway Airport. He was the commission's first chairman.
He held various positions in private industry, including director of Universal Airlines and the Aviation Corporation.
Col. Kemp was recalled to active duty in October, 1941, and sent to Allied headquarters in Accra and later Cairo, where he helped coordinate air supply and transport for impending Allied actions in North Africa.
Later he helped in the disarmament and demilitarization of the German air forces in France.
Col. Kemp was a member of the U.S. Embassy staff in London and reported on the disposal of American war-surplus material in Europe, before returning to this country in 1945.
He then held a number of staff and command positions. He was commander of Wolters Air Force Base in Mineral Wells, Tex., from 1952 to his retirement in 1954. Col Kemp then moved to this area.
He is survived by his wife, Elizabeth, of the home in Silver Spring: two daughters, Rosemary Arrott of Chicago, and Julia Slebos of Hillsborough, N.C., and one grandchild.