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Robert B Landry

Military

CO 56th FG )ct 1943 - Jan 1944 CO 493rd BG
32 combat missions flown with 1 air kill.
Served as chief of combat operations of the 8th Fighter Command; commanding officer of the 56th Fighter Group; director of fighters, Eighth Air Force; executive officer, 93rd Combat Wing (Heavy); and commanding officer, 493rd Bomb Group, Heavy. Following the Normandy invasion, he became director of operations, Air Staff, SHAEF at Frankfurt, Germany.

Service

Units served with

  • VIII Fighter Command

    VIII Fighter Command

    Command
    VIII Fighter Command was established as VIII Interceptor Command at Selfridge Field on 2 February 1942.

  • 93rd Combat Bomb Wing

    93rd Combat Bomb Wing

    Wing
    Although equipped with B-24 aircraft, I believe that association with 2nd BD/AD is in error. Moreover, the Group had converted to B-17 before the designation of the 2nd Air Division. The Group carried 3rd Bomb Division markings throughout its combat...

  • 493rd Bomb Group

    493rd Bomb Group

    Group
    The 493rd Bomb Group was the last Eighth Air Force Group to become operational, flying their first combat mission from Debach, Suffolk, on D-Day, 6 June 1944. The Group was known as "the Fighting 493rd", named by their Commanding Officer Colonel Elbert...

  • 56th Fighter Group

    56th Fighter Group

    Group
    Flying P-47 Thunderbolts throughout their time stationed in England, the Group, known as "the Wolfpack", had more ace pilots than any other Eighth Air Force Fighter Group. The 56th Fighter Group also destroyed more enemy aircraft in air combat than any...

  • Headquarters Squadron (493rd Bomb Group)
  • Headquarters (56th Fighter Group)

Aircraft

Associated Place

  • Halesworth

    Military site : airfield
    Halesworth was constructed in 1942-1943. Initially planned as a bomber airfield, its location close to the Suffolk coast meant that it was in an ideal position to operate escort fighters, where range was a critical factor. Consequently, the 56th...

Events

Event Location Date
Born New Orleans, Louisiana 1 December 1909

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
30 August 2017 21:25:31 fugari Changes to nickname, highest rank, role, biography, awards and media associations
Sources

JCook Photo Collection & Archives

Date Contributor Update
19 April 2017 11:26:27 Lucy May Changes to role, unit associations, place associations and aircraft associations
Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / www.56thfightergroup.co.uk/personnel.htm
http://www.56thfightergroup.co.uk/history.htm

http://www.littlefriends.co.uk/56thfg.php?action=list_records&sort_order...

http://www.af.mil/About-Us/Biographies/Display/Article/106440/major-gene...

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:23:00 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / Ted Damick, VIII Fighter Command pilots list / Who's Who in the Eighth Air Force and/or Biographical Directory Command & Staff Officers Eighth Air Force 1942-45 / http://493bgdebach.co.uk/roster_list.php

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