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Frank Alton Armstrong Jr

Military

Commanded 97th BG from 31 July 1942 to 27 September 1942.
Commanded 306th BG 4 January 1943 to 17 February 1943.
Commanded 101st (Provisional) Combat Wing 8 February 1943 to 14 June 1943.
Commanded 1st Bomb Division 15 June 1943 to 31 July 1943.

Generally believed to be the primary inspriation for the character of 'Brigadier General Frank Savage' in Beirne Lay's book Twelve O'Clock High.

He commanded the first raid to Germany, bombing Wilhelmshaven 27 Jan 1943. Assigned to to 8th HQ on 17 Feb 1943.

AM w/1 Oak Leaf Cluster, DFC, DSC, DSM w/1 OLC, SS, British DFC,

Service

Units served with

  • VIII Bomber Command
  • 1st Bomb Division
  • 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers

    306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers

    Group
    Constituted as 306th Bombardment Group (Heavy) on 28 Jan 1942. Activated on 1 Mar 1942. Trained for combat with B-17's. Moved to England, Aug-Sep 1942, and assigned to Eighth AF Eighth Air Force in September 1942 Station 111 Thurleigh. During combat,...

  • 97th Bomb Group

    97th Bomb Group

    Group
    The 97th Bomb Group flew the Eighth Air Force's first heavy bomber mission from the UK when they bombed a marshalling yard at Rouen on 17 August 1942. Just a month later though the Group were reassigned to the Twelfth Air Force and left England for the...

Aircraft

Events

Event Location Date
Born Hamilton, NC, USA 24 May 1902
Commissioned 28 February 1929
Died 20 August 1969

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
08 July 2017 16:29:06 bombercommand Changes to events
Sources

BIOGRAPHICAL DIRECTORY OF THE 8TH AIR FORCE 1942-1945, Russell Strong

Date Contributor Update
04 November 2014 02:20:35 jmchristel Changes to highest rank and awards
Sources

http://www.af.mil/AboutUs/Biographies/Display/tabid/225/Article/107785/l...

Date Contributor Update
13 October 2014 11:21:04 Emily Changes to middlename, suffix, biography, events and place associations
Sources

Data Update, National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, 15 September 2014

Date Contributor Update
02 October 2014 00:32:12 Paul Bellamy Changes to biography and unit associations
Sources

1st Air Division records (1AD HQ Historical Society)
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Frank_A._Armstrong

Date Contributor Update
02 October 2014 00:23:22 Paul Bellamy Changes to highest rank
Sources

1st Air Division records (1AD HQ Historical Society)

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:09:57 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / R. Manning Ancell, The Biographical Dictionary Of World War II Generals And Flag OfficersRoger A. Freeman, The Mighty Eighth, First Over Germany pgs. 62,64-66, 71, 80, 83, 112, 139, 280 & 322, / http://www.306bg.org/crewphotos/Crew%20Pictures%20Adam-Rector/Crew%20Pic...

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