Baxter, Thurston Richard, 1st Lt

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Last Rank
First Lieutenant
Last Primary AFSC/MOS
AAF MOS 1055-Pilot, Single-Engine Fighter
Last AFSC Group
Pilot (Officer)
Primary Unit
1951-1951, AAF MOS 1055, 5th Air Force
Service Years
1950 - 1951
Officer Collar Insignia
First Lieutenant

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Home State
Year of Birth
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Piedmont, CA
Last Address

Casualty Date
Dec 21, 1951
Hostile, Died while Missing
Air Loss, Crash - Land
Korea, North
Korean War
Location of Interment
Not Specified
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Not Specified

 Official Badges 

 Unofficial Badges 

 Military Associations and Other Affiliations
Korean War FallenState of Ohio Korean War Memorial
  1951, Korean War Fallen
  2016, State of Ohio Korean War Memorial [Verified]

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Aviator (Basic)

 Unit Assignments/ Advancement Schools
39th Fighter Squadron  - Cobra In The Clouds18th Fighter-Bomber Wing5th Air Force
  1951-1951, AAF MOS 1055, 39th Fighter Squadron - Cobra In The Clouds
  1951-1951, AAF MOS 1055, 18th Fighter-Bomber Wing
  1951-1951, AAF MOS 1055, 5th Air Force
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1950-1953 Korean War
 Colleges Attended 
United States Military Academy
  1946-1950, United States Military Academy
 My Aircraft/Missiles
P-51/F-51 Mustang  
  1950-1951, P-51/F-51 Mustang
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
1st Lt. Thurstaon Baxter was the pilot of a F-51D Mustang night fighter (#44-72531) serving with the 39th Fighter-Interceptor Squadron, 18th Fighter Bomber Group.

On 21 December 1951, while on a combat mission, his aircraft received a direct hit by anti-aircraft fire, burst into flames and crashed.

He was listed as Missing in Action and was presumed dead on 31 December 1953.

Parents: His parents Colonel Thurston H. Baxter, USAF and Mrs. Mina Baxter passed away in 1988
and 2004 respectively. Both were interred in Arlington.

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