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Philip P Ardery


Silver Star/ 2 DFCs/ 4 Air Medals/ Croix de Guerre Was command pilot on 1 Aug '43 raid on Ploesti

He was given a reserve commison of 1st Lt in the Infantry in July of 1940. He entered active duty in in September of 1940 and he applied to flight training with the Air Corp in April of 1941. He was assigned to fly B-24 aircraft in late 1941 early in his service he flew antisubmaine patrols between California and Hawaii and served as an instructor pilot in Texas. By August of 1942 he was a Captain and Squadron Commander of the 564th Bomb Squadron. By November of 1943 he was promoted to Major. By the end of the war he was a Lt Col. He completed 30 missions including 4 on D Day and returned to the US. In 1946 he helped form the Kentucky Air National Guard and was its first commander at teh rank of Colonel. During his time with the Air Guard he flew a number of aircraft including the F-51 fighter and the F-86. His unit the (123rd Fighter Group) was deployed to England during the Korean War. He was promoted to the rank of Brigadier General USAFR in 1955 and served as AF Liason to the Air Guard. He was promoted to Major General USAFR in April 1962 at the same time Barry Goldwater recieved his Major General rank. He officially retired from the Air Force in 1974. his last assignment was in the office of Air Force Information at the Pentagon. He is also the author of several books including "Bomber Pilot".


Units served with

  • 389th Bomb Group

    389th Bomb Group

    The 389th Bomb Group, known in more familiar terms as "the Sky Scorpions", flew strategic bombing missions in B-24 Liberators from Hethel, England. They also sent detachments to join bases in North Africa at Benghazi No. 10, Libya, between 3 July 1943...

  • 564th Bomb Squadron



Event Location Date
Born Lexington, Kentucky 6 March 1914
Died 26 July 2012
Buried Cave Hill Cemetery


Date Contributor Update
08 July 2017 17:59:17 JoCarter Changes to highest rank, biography and awards

Photo group research

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:21:30 AAM AAM ingest

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia