72nd Anniversary of D-Day

On this day 72 years ago, the allied forces landed in Normandy, France. The card below was postmarked on June 6, 1944 from A.P.O. 580, which was Chipping Ongar, England at the time. Bob Isbell, the sender of this card, may or may not have been in on the action that day since he was in the 575th Bomb Squadron under the 391st Group. According to historyofwar, “On D-Day and D+1 the group [391st] attacked German coastal defences on the invasion beaches. From then until September the group attacked transport and communications links, fuel dumps and German troop concentrations. It supported the breakout at St Lo in July 1944.”

Maybe Bob had written the message to Frances Jones on June 5th and it didn’t get posted until June 6th after he departed for Normandy, who knows. He let her know that he didn’t think the front of the card was “anywhere near as nice as the Cherry Blossoms in Potomac Park (to me anyway).”

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3 Responses to 72nd Anniversary of D-Day

  1. Diane says:

    Very informative and well researched post!

  2. Maureen says:

    This postcard caught my eye as it relates to a local company in Washington DC, Kitts Music. It is where most of us got our band instruments as children. I also wondered what became of Bob Isbell. Did he survive? Did he marry Miss Jones? your answer is here! http://www.genealogy.com/forum/regional/states/topics/dc/2444/

    • moore5145 says:

      Thank you for posting this! Great information on the whole family!

      I am not from the D.C. area and was not aware of Homer L. Kitt Co./Kitts Music. I see they are still in business today though on their website. Below is a link that mentions Jordan’s Piano Company, which is where Robert worked per your link. He must have known Miss Jones from work!

      http://jordankitts.com/promos/4

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