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Robert B Landry


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.


Units served with

  • VIII Fighter Command

    VIII Fighter Command

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

  • 93rd Combat Bomb Wing
  • 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...

  • 56th Fighter Group

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


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...


Event Location Date
Born New Orleans, Louisiana 1 December 1909


Date Contributor Update
17 June 2021 17:35:36 Darren Jelley Changes to unit associations

added link to 493rd BG Headquarters

493rd BG Archives

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

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

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia /

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

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 /