The Paris News, October 3, 1944, page 8, column 3; "From an Eighth AAF Fighter Station in England"
From an Eighth AAF Fighter Station in England information has been received that Second Lt. Richard R. Akard flew his Thunderbolt with a fighter-bomber group in a series of devastating attacks on enemy road and rail transport that proved to be one of the biggest air offensives of the war.
Tearing at enemy airfields, supply depots, convoys, marshalling yards, and troop concentrations, in two days, while General Von Kluge's reeling armies were being hammered in France, this group destroyed or damaged the following: 300 railroad cars, 268 army vehicles, 37 locomotives, and 13 aircraft.
Previously, the hard-hitting Thunderbolts set a record for P-47s in the European Theatre by destroying 41 German planes in a single day. In two months following the invasion of the continent, Lieutenant Akard and his flying mates carried out approximately 4,000 operational sorties and dropped close to 500 tons of bombs.
Lieutenant Akard is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Richard R. Akard Sr. of 47 1/2 Grand Ave. He holds the Air Medal with two Oak Leaf Clusters.