Baker, Royal Newman, Lt Gen

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Last Rank
Lieutenant General
Last Primary AFSC/MOS
Last AFSC Group
Primary Unit
1973-1975, Air Defense Command (ADC)
Service Years
1941 - 1975
Officer Collar Insignia
Lieutenant General

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This Military Service Page was created/owned by SSgt Robert Bruce McClelland, Jr. to remember Baker, Royal Newman, Lt Gen USAF(Ret).

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Contact Info
Home Town
Corsicana, Texas
Last Address
Georgetown, Texas

Date of Passing
May 01, 1976
Location of Interment
Pecan Grove - McKinney, Texas
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Space 4, Lot 5, Block 132

 Official Badges 

Joint Chiefs of Staff Headquarters Air Force Air Force Commander WW II Honorable Discharge Pin

Air Force Retired AAFTTC Instructor

 Unofficial Badges 

Cold War Medal Air Ace American Fighter Aces Congressional Gold Medal

 Military Associations and Other Affiliations
American Fighter Aces Association
  2015, American Fighter Aces Association

 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
His two-war (WWII and Korea) record was a total of 16.5 destroyed in the air, 2 probables, and 3 damaged. He also flew combat missions in VietNam. 
His DSC citation:
Awarded for actions during the Korean War
The President of the United States of America, under the provisions of the Act of Congress approved July 9, 1918, takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Colonel Royal N. Baker, United States Air Force, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy of the United Nations while serving as a Pilot with the 336th Fighter-Interceptor Squadron, 4th Fighter-Interceptor Wing, FIFTH Air Force, in action against enemy forces in the Republic of Korea on 14 February 1953. While leading a flight of F-86 aircraft near Imsan-dong, North Korea, Colonel Baker sighted four MIG-15s launching an attack on a flight of friendly aircraft who were apparently unaware of the impending attack. Colonel Baker, with outstanding valor and with complete disregard for his own personal safety, immediately initiated a fearless, aggressive attack on the enemy aircraft. He singled out one MIG, which was making a firing pass, as the focal point of his action. Realizing that the allied pilots under attack were in grave danger, Colonel Baker commenced firing at maximum range, boring unswervingly toward the target, until solid hits were scored in the tailpipe section, causing the MIG to smoke heavily and decelerate. Colonel Baker continued his undivided vigilance of the enemy craft until it went into a spin and crashed into the ground. Although low on fuel deep in enemy territory, Colonel Baker remained in the battle area until all friendly aircraft were safe from any immediate threat. Colonel Baker's cool, assured performance under fire, his unhesitating and selfless action in deflecting the enemy and saving the life of a pilot and his singleness of purpose in exposing himself fearlessly to enemy fire in order to protect those threatened is indicative of the highest degree of courage and gallantry.

General Orders: Headquarters, Far East Air Forces: General Orders No. 169 (April 3, 1953)

Action Date: 14-Feb-53

Service: Air Force

Rank: Colonel

Company: 336th Fighter-Interceptor Squadron

Regiment: 4th Fighter-Interceptor Wing

Division: 5th Air Force

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Aviator (Command)

 Unit Assignments/ Advancement Schools
Aviation Cadet Flight SchoolUS Air Force308th Fighter Squadron  - Emerald Knights31st Fighter Group
493rd Fighter Squadron  - Grim Reapers48th Fighter GroupUSAAF Training CommandUS Air Force
2nd Fighter Squadron  - American Beagle Squadron52nd Fighter GroupAir Command and Staff College (Student) 52nd Fighter-Interceptor Group
4th Fighter-Interceptor GroupAir Defense Command (ADC)Air Force Flight Test Center (AFFTC)National War College
20th Tactical Fighter Wing3rd Air ForceJoint Chiefs of Staff12th Air Force
Military Assistance Command-Vietnam (MACV)7th Air Force17th Air ForceUnited States Air Forces in Europe (COMUSAFE/USAFE)
Air Defense Command (ADC)
  1941-1942, AAF MOS 770, Aviation Cadet Flight School
  1942-1942, Aviation Cadet Primary-Basic Observer Course
  1942-1943, AAF MOS 1055, 308th Fighter Squadron - Emerald Knights
  1942-1943, 31st Fighter Group
  1943-1944, AAF MOS 1055, 493rd Fighter Squadron - Grim Reapers
  1943-1944, AAF MOS 1055, 48th Fighter Group
  1944-1945, AAF MOS 1055, USAAF Training Command
  1945-1947, Air Force Reserve Command
  1947-1949, AAF MOS 1055, 2nd Fighter Squadron - American Beagle Squadron
  1947-1949, AAF MOS 1055, 52nd Fighter Group
  1949-1950, Air Command and Staff College (Student)
  1950-1952, 52nd Fighter-Interceptor Group
  1952-1953, AAF MOS 1055, 4th Fighter-Interceptor Group
  1953-1957, Air Defense Command (ADC)
  1957-1960, Air Force Flight Test Center (AFFTC)
  1960-1961, National War College
  1961-1963, 20th Tactical Fighter Wing
  1963-1964, 3rd Air Force
  1964-1966, Joint Staff
  1966-1968, 2, 12th Air Force
  1968-1968, 2, Military Assistance Command-Vietnam (MACV)
  1968-1969, 7th Air Force
  1969-1971, 17th Air Force
  1971-1972, United States Air Forces in Europe (COMUSAFE/USAFE)
  1973-1975, Air Defense Command (ADC)
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1941-1945 World War II
  1942-1942 World War II/European-African-Middle Eastern Theater/Air Offensive, Europe Campaign (1942-44)
  1942-1943 World War II/European-African-Middle Eastern Theater/Tunisia Campaign (1942-43)
  1943-1943 World War II/European-African-Middle Eastern Theater/Sicily Campaign (1943)
  1943-1943 World War II/European-African-Middle Eastern Theater/Naples-Foggia Campaign (1943-44)
  1944-1944 World War II/European-African-Middle Eastern Theater/Air Offensive, Europe Campaign (1942-44)
  1944-1944 World War II/European-African-Middle Eastern Theater/Normandy Campaign (1944)
  1944-1944 World War II/European-African-Middle Eastern Theater/Northern France Campaign (1944)
  1944-1944 World War II/European-African-Middle Eastern Theater/Rhineland Campaign (1944-45)
  1952-1953 Korean War
  1953-1953 Korean War/Korean Summer (1953)/Various Air Missions Over North Korea
 Colleges Attended 
University of North TexasAir Command and Staff CollegeNational War College
  1937-1941, University of North Texas
  1949-1950, Air Command and Staff College
  1960-1961, National War College
 My Aircraft/Missiles
P-40 Warhawk/Kittyhawk  Supermarine Spitfire  P-39 Airacobra  P-47 Thunderbolt (Jug)  
P-61 Black Widow  F-82 Twin Mustang  F-86 Sabre  F-100 Super Sabre  
  1942-1942, P-40 Warhawk/Kittyhawk
  1942-1943, Supermarine Spitfire
  1942-1944, P-39 Airacobra
  1944-1944, P-47 Thunderbolt (Jug)
  1947-1948, P-61 Black Widow
  1948-1949, F-82 Twin Mustang
  1949-1953, F-86 Sabre
  1961-1963, F-100 Super Sabre
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