White, Robert Michael, Maj Gen

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Last Rank
Major General
Last Primary AFSC/MOS
26-Organization Commander
Last AFSC Group
Command and Control
Primary Unit
1975-1981, 1411, 4th Allied Tactical Air Force (4 ATAF)
Service Years
1942 - 1981
Major General

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Home State
New York
New York
Year of Birth
This Military Service Page was created/owned by SSgt Robert Bruce McClelland, Jr. to remember White, Robert Michael, Maj Gen USAF(Ret).

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Contact Info
Home Town
New York City, NY
Last Address
Orlando, Florida

Date of Passing
Mar 17, 2010
Location of Interment
Arlington National Cemetery - Arlington, Virginia
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Section 60 Grave 540

 Official Badges 

US European Command Air Force Commander Combat Crew Headquarters Air Force

WW II Honorable Discharge Pin Professional Military Education Air Force Retired

 Unofficial Badges 

Cold War Medal

 Military Association Memberships
National Aviation Hall of FameAir Force Memorial (AFM)
  2006, National Aviation Hall of Fame
  2017, Air Force Memorial (AFM) - Assoc. Page

 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
He flew 52 combat missions in WWII, was shot down, and became a POW. He was the first pilot to fly an aircraft at Mach 4, 5, and 6. He flew 70 combat missions in the Vietnam War.

His AF Cross citation:

Awarded for actions during the Vietnam War

The President of the United States of America, authorized by Title 10, Section 8742, United States Code, takes pleasure in presenting the Air Force Cross to Colonel Robert M. White (AFSN: 0-24589A), United States Air Force, for extraordinary heroism in military operations against an opposing armed force as an F-105 Mission Commander and Pilot of the 355th Tactical Fighter Wing, Takhli royal Thai Air Base, Thailand, in action near Hanoi, North Vietnam, on 11 August 1967. On that date, Colonel White led the entire combat force against a key railroad and highway bridge in the vicinity of Hanoi. In spite of 14 surface-to-air missile launches, MiG interceptor attacks, and intense anti-aircraft artillery fire, he gallantly led the attack. By being the first aircraft to dive through the dark clouds of bursting flak, Colonel White set an example that inspired the remaining attacking force to destroy the bridge without a single aircraft being lost to the hostile gunners. Through his extraordinary heroism, superb airmanship, and aggressiveness in the face of hostile forces, Colonel White reflected the highest credit upon himself and the United States Air Force.

Action Date: 11-Aug-67

Service: Air Force

Rank: Colonel

Company: Deputy Commander for Operations

Regiment: 355th Tactical Fighter Wing

Division: Takhli Royal Thai Air Base, Thailand

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 Unit Assignments
United States Army Air Forces (USAAF)Aviation Cadet Flight School355th Fighter GroupPOW Germany
Air Force Reserve Command 514th Troop Carrier Wing40th Fighter Squadron - Fight'n Red Devils5th Air Force
36th Tactical Fighter WingAir Force Test Pilot SchoolAir Command and Staff College (Student) Maxwell AFB, Al22nd Tactical Fighter Squadron
United States European Command (USEUCOM)53rd Tactical Fighter SquadronContinental NORAD Region, North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD)355th Tactical Fighter Wing
7th Air ForceAir Force Systems Command (AFSC)Air Force Flight Test Center (AFFTC)4th Allied Tactical Air Force (4 ATAF)
  1942-1947, United States Army Air Forces (USAAF)
  1943-1944, AAF MOS 770, Aviation Cadet Flight School
  1944-1945, 355th Fighter Group
  1945-1945, POW Germany
  1945-1951, Air Force Reserve Command
  1951-1952, 514th Troop Carrier Wing
  1952-1953, 40th Fighter Squadron - Fight'n Red Devils
  1952-1954, 5th Air Force
  1953-1955, 36th Tactical Fighter Wing
  1954-1954, Air Force Test Pilot School
  1959-1959, Air Command and Staff College (Student) Maxwell AFB, Al
  1963-1964, 26, 22nd Tactical Fighter Squadron
  1963-1967, United States European Command (USEUCOM)
  1964-1965, 26, 53rd Tactical Fighter Squadron
  1965-1965, Continental NORAD Region, North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD)
  1967-1967, 1021A, 355th Tactical Fighter Wing
  1967-1968, 1411, 7th Air Force
  1968-1970, Air Force Systems Command (AFSC)
  1970-1972, Air Force Flight Test Center (AFFTC)
  1975-1981, 1411, 4th Allied Tactical Air Force (4 ATAF)
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1942-1945 World War II
  1944-1944 World War II/European-African-Middle Eastern Theater/Northern France Campaign (1944)
  1944-1945 World War II/European-African-Middle Eastern Theater/Rhineland Campaign (1944-45)
  1944-1945 World War II/European-African-Middle Eastern Theater/Ardennes Alsace Campaign (1944-45)
  1952-1953 Korean War
  1960-1963 NASA Assisted Operations
  1967-1968 Vietnam War
 Colleges Attended 
New York UniversityIndustrial College of the Armed Forces, Washington, D.C.George Washington University
  1947-1951, New York University
  1965-1965, Industrial College of the Armed Forces, Washington, D.C.
  1965-1966, George Washington University
 My Aircraft/Missiles
P-51/F-51 Mustang  C-46 Commando  C-119 Flying Boxcar  F-80/P-80 Shooting Star  
F-86 Sabre  X-15 (Rocket Powered)  F-15 Eagle/Strike Eagle  F-111 Aardvark  
F-105 Thunderchief (Thud)  F-84 Thunderjet  F-4 Phantom  RB-66 Destroyer  
F-117 Nighthawk  F-16 Fighting Falcon  T-33 Shooting Star (T-Bird)  PT-19 Trainer  
PT-13 Stearman  
  1944-1945, P-51/F-51 Mustang
  1951-1951, C-46 Commando
  1951-1952, C-119 Flying Boxcar
  1952-1953, F-80/P-80 Shooting Star
  1952-1953, P-51/F-51 Mustang
  1953-1953, F-86 Sabre
  2003-2003, X-15 (Rocket Powered)
  2003-2003, F-15 Eagle/Strike Eagle
  2003-2003, F-111 Aardvark
  2003-2003, F-105 Thunderchief (Thud)
  2003-2003, F-84 Thunderjet
  2003-2003, F-4 Phantom
  2003-2003, RB-66 Destroyer
  2003-2003, F-117 Nighthawk
  2003-2003, F-16 Fighting Falcon
  2003-2003, T-33 Shooting Star (T-Bird)
  2003-2003, PT-19 Trainer
  2003-2003, PT-13 Stearman
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