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Philip G Rodgers


First mission was on D-Day. Tour was successfully completed. Crew accepted a policy not to use the Lord's name in vain and credited it with their good luck.


Units served with

  • 493rd Bomb Group

    493rd Bomb 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...

  • 860th Bomb Squadron


  • 395

    6 June 1944
    D-Day. Start of Operation Overlord.

  • 412

    14 June 1944
    Mission #10. Bombed an airfield south of Brussels. Bob Martin flew in place of Hussong.

  • 419

    17 June 1944

  • 481

    18 July 1944
    Flew an easy one over Denmark to Germany. Only had one hours sleep between yesterday and today.

  • 484

    20 July 1944
    A rough one. Bombed an oil refinery near Leipzeig. Flak put several holes in the plane; ine in number 3 gas tank. Came back on 3 engines.

  • 503

    29 July 1944

  • 519

    5 August 1944

  • 541

    11 August 1944

  • 645

    22 September 1944

  • 662

    3 October 1944

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Date Contributor Update
28 June 2019 08:20:12 Emily Changes to mission associations

Mission listed in Rodger's combat list. Originally associated to media record

Date Contributor Update
06 June 2019 16:11:19 mscheerer1 Changes to media associations

My Grandfather sent this picture to my Grandmother

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:21:29 AAM AAM ingest

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / Unit History, son March 2010,