Ardery, Philip Pendleton, Maj Gen

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Last Rank
Major General
Last Primary AFSC/MOS
Last AFSC Group
Primary Unit
1950-1955, 123rd Fighter Group
Service Years
1935 - 1974
Officer Collar Insignia
Major General

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Home Town
Lexington, Kentucky
Last Address
Louisville, Kentucky

Date of Passing
Jul 26, 2012
Location of Interment
Cave Hill Cemetery - Louisville, Kentucky
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Not Specified

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Joint Chiefs of Staff Air Force Commander Air Training Command Instructor (pre-1966) Air Force Retired

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Last Known Activity
General Ardery was Squadron Commander of the 564th Bomb Squadron, of the 389th Bomb Group during Operation Tidal Wave on August 1, 1943. For his actions he was awarded the Silver Star and one of two Distingished Flying Cross medals. Before joining he had attended the University of Kentucky and Harvard Law School and was a practicing lawyer when he joined. He was given a reserve commison of 1st Lt in the Infantry in July of 1940. He entered active duty in in September of 1940 and he applied to flight training with the Air Corps in April of 1941. He was assigned to fly B-24 aircraft in late 1941. Early in his service he flew antisubmarine patrols between California and Hawaii and served as an instructor pilot in Texas. By August of 1942 he was a Captain and Squadron Commander of the 564th Bomb Squadron. By November of 1943 he was promoted to Major. By the end of the war he was a Lt Col. He completed 30 missions, including 4 on D Day; and returned to the US. In 1946 he helped form the Kentucky Air National Guard and was its first commander at the rank of Colonel. During his time with the Air Guard he flew a number of aircraft including the F-51 fighter and the F-86. His unit, the 123rd Fighter Group, was deployed to England during the Korean War. He was promoted to the rank of Brigadier General USAFR in 1955 and served as AF Liason to the Air Guard. He was promoted to Major General USAFR in April 1962 at the same time Barry Goldwater recieved his Major General rank. He officially retired from the Air Force in 1974. His last assignment was in the office of Air Force Information at the Pentagon. He is also the author of several books including "Bomber Pilot"."  
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 Unit Assignments/ Advancement Schools
US Army Reserve (USAR)Aviation Cadet Flight SchoolUS Air Force564th Bombardment Squadron, Heavy
389th Bombardment Group, HeavyKentucky Air National Guard123rd Fighter Group
  1935-1940, US Army Reserve (USAR)
  1940-1941, AAF MOS 770, Aviation Cadet Flight School
  1941-1942, AAF MOS 770, USAAF Flying Training Command
  1943-1945, AAF MOS 1060, 564th Bombardment Squadron, Heavy
  1943-1945, AAF MOS 1092, 389th Bombardment Group, Heavy
  1947-1974, Kentucky Air National Guard
  1950-1955, 123rd Fighter Group
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1941-1945 World War II
  1943-1944 World War II/European-African-Middle Eastern Theater/Air Offensive, Europe Campaign (1942-44)
  1943-1943 World War II/European-African-Middle Eastern Theater/Sicily Campaign (1943)
  1943-1943 Air Offensive, Europe Campaign (1942-44)/Operation Tidal Wave
  1950-1953 Korean War
 Colleges Attended 
University of KentuckyHarvard University
  1931-1935, University of Kentucky
  1935-1938, Harvard University
 My Aircraft/Missiles
PT-13 Stearman  North American BT-9  AT-6 Texan  B-17 Flying Fortress  
B-24 Liberator  P-51/F-51 Mustang  F-86 Sabre  
  1940-1940, PT-13 Stearman
  1940-1941, North American BT-9
  1941-1941, AT-6 Texan
  1942-1942, B-17 Flying Fortress
  1942-1945, B-24 Liberator
  1945-1950, P-51/F-51 Mustang
  1950-1955, F-86 Sabre
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