395

6 June 1944

Object Number - UPL 38797 - The Military Service Record for Philip G. Rodgers Showing His Completion Of 30 Missions As Well As The Awards He Received

Official Description

Eighth reaches its top strength as 493d Bomb Group (H) becomes operational, making a total of 40 Heavy Bomber Groups now operational. Heavy Bombers fly 4 missions in spite of the invasion of Normandy.

The third mission is dispatched against the important communications center of Caen. 56 B-24’s bomb through overcast skies.

Transportation chokepoints in towns immediately S and E of assault area are the objectives of the fourth mission for the Eighth. 553 HBs bomb targets including Vire, Saint- Lo, Coutances, Falaise, Lisieux, Thury-Harcourt, Pont-l’Eveque, Argentan, and Conde-sur-Noireau. In all, 1,729 HBs of Eighth AF drop 3,596 tons of bombs during D-Day, suffering only 3 losses (to ground fire and a collision).

Description

D-Day. Start of Operation Overlord.

Mission Details

Description: HIGHWAY ROAD JUNCTIONS

ARGENTAN

Description: HIGHWAY ROAD JUNCTIONS

CAEN (Primary)

Description: COMMUNICATIONS CENTER

Notes: The 2nd Bomb Division was made up of all 2nd Bomb Division Bomb Groups.

  • Unit Hierarchy: Division
  • Air Force: Eighth Air Force
  • Type Category: Combat organisation

Mission Statistics

  • Tonnage Dropped: 157 T

CONDE-SUR-NOIREAU

Description: HIGHWAY ROAD JUNCTIONS

COUTANCES

Description: HIGHWAY ROAD JUNCTIONS

FALAISE

Description: HIGHWAY ROAD JUNCTIONS

LISIEUX

Description: HIGHWAY ROAD JUNCTIONS

Description: HIGHWAY ROAD JUNCTIONS.

Notes: These attacks were made in the afternoon. Transportation chokepoints South and East of the assault area are targeted. D-Day : Everyone knew that "The Invasion" would be soon and everyone was ready to get going with it. It was one of those moments that one knew was going to be momentous even before it happen and everyone wanted to be a part of it. The 388th BG's part was chosen to lead the entire 8th Air Force that day.

  • Unit Hierarchy: Division
  • Air Force: Eighth Air Force
  • Type Category: Bombardment
  • Unit Hierarchy: Division
  • Air Force: Eighth Air Force
  • Type Category: Combat organisation
The insignia of the 388th Bomb Group.
  • Unit Hierarchy: Group
  • Air Force: Eighth Air Force
  • Type Category: Bombardment
  • Unit Hierarchy: Division
  • Air Force: Eighth Air Force
  • Type Category: Combat organisation

Mission Statistics

  • Tonnage Dropped: 1,490 T

Description: HIGHWAY ROAD JUNCTIONS

SAINT LO

Description: HIGHWAY ROAD JUNCTIONS

THURY-HARCOURT

Description: HIGHWAY ROAD JUNCTIONS

VIRE

Description: HIGHWAY ROAD JUNCTIONS

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People

  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 401st Bomb Group 612th Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: 36215923 / O-692248
  • Highest Rank: Second Lieutenant
  • Role/Job: Navigator
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 401st Bomb Group 615th Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: 06966455
  • Highest Rank: Staff Sergeant
  • Role/Job: waist gunner
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 390th Bomb Group 571st Bomb Squadron
  • Highest Rank: Staff Sergeant (3rd Grade)
  • Role/Job: Ball Turret Gunner
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 401st Bomb Group 615th Bomb Squadron
  • Highest Rank: Technical Sergeant
  • Role/Job: Radio Operator
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 94th Bomb Group 331st Bomb Squadron 65th General Hospital
  • Service Numbers: 55619
  • Highest Rank: First Lieutenant
  • Role/Job: Pilot

Aircraft

Revisions

Date25 Jan 2019 15:20:59
Sources

USAAF Combat Chronology.

Date4 Mar 2015 16:51:51
Sources

Information sent by Dick Read relating to Arthur M. Read and the 388th Bomb Group.

Date27 Sep 2014 18:43:06
ContributorAAM
Sources

Lee Cunningham, 8th Air Force missions research database / Stan Bishop's 'Losses of the US 8th and 9th Air Forces', the Combat Chronology of the US Army Air Forces and the work of Roger Freeman including the 'Mighty Eighth War Diary'.

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