Baldwin, Robert Percy, Col

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Last Rank
Colonel
Last Primary AFSC/MOS
1021A-Pilot
Last AFSC Group
Aircrew
Primary Unit
1965-1966, Headquarters, Air Training Command
Service Years
1939 - 1966
Colonel

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Home State
California
California
Year of Birth
1917
 
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Contact Info
Home Town
Los Angeles, California
Last Address
San Marcos, California

Date of Passing
Apr 07, 1994
 
Location of Interment
Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery - San Diego, California
Wall/Plot Coordinates
SECTION MW SITE 142

 Official Badges 

Air Force Commander Headquarters Air Force Air Force Retired AAFTTC Instructor




 Unofficial Badges 

Cold War Medal Air Ace American Fighter Aces Congressional Gold Medal


 Military Association Memberships
American Fighter Aces AssociationAir Force Memorial (AFM)
  2015, American Fighter Aces Association
  2015, Air Force Memorial (AFM) [Verified] - Assoc. Page


 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
In Korea he destroyed 5 enemy aircraft in aerial combat and damaged 3.

His Silver Star citation:
Awarded for actions during the Korean War
The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress, July 9, 1918, takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star to Colonel Robert P. Baldwin, United States Air Force, for gallantry in action while serving as Pilot of an F-86 Fighter Airplane and Commanding Officer of the 51st Fighter-Interceptor Group, in action on 22 June 1953, in Korea. Colonel Baldwin distinguished himself while leading four (4) F-86 type aircraft on a fighter sweep along the Manchurian Border. He sighted four (4) enemy MIG-15 type aircraft pressing an attack against two (2) friendly aircraft and immediately led his flight into the enemy. After successfully breaking up the enemy attack, Colonel Baldwin rolled down on the trailing MIG and fired a short burst into his left wing and fuselage. Colonel Baldwin continued to score numerous hits as heavy smoke poured from both wings and the enemy aircraft went into a steep dive through the clouds. Colonel Baldwin followed him through the cloud layer and pulled up sharply to avoid hitting the ground. Later reports confirmed the destruction of the MiG. By his personal courage and exceptional flying ability in this action, Colonel Baldwin is credited with destroying his fifth (5th) MIG-15 type aircraft. Throughout his tour, Colonel Baldwin's aggressive spirit and mental alertness have brought great credit upon himself and the United States Air Force.

Action Date: 22-Jun-53

Service: Air Force

Rank: Colonel

Company: Commanding Officer

Regiment: 51st Fighter-Interceptor Group

   
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 Unit Assignments
USAAC SchoolsUnited States Army Air Forces (USAAF)71st Fighter Squadron  - Iron Men1st Fighter Group
US EmbassyTinker Air Force BaseAir Command and Staff College (Student) Maxwell AFB, Al56th Maintenance Group
56th Fighter WingAir Defense Command (ADC)51st Fighter-Interceptor WingFar East Air Forces
4750th Air Defense Wing (Weapons)Headquarters Command (HQ USAF)United States Air Forces in Europe (COMUSAFE/USAFE)School Assignments
  1939-1940, AAF MOS 770, USAAC Schools
  1940-1943, AAF MOS 770, USAAF Flying Training Command
  1943-1945, M 1056, 71st Fighter Squadron - Iron Men
  1943-1945, M 1056, 1st Fighter Group
  1948-1948, US Embassy
  1948-1949, Tinker Air Force Base
  1949-1949, Air Command and Staff College (Student) Maxwell AFB, Al
  1949-1950, 56th Maintenance Group
  1950-1951, M 1055, 56th Fighter Wing
  1951-1953, M 1055, Air Defense Command (ADC)
  1953-1953, M 1055, 51st Fighter-Interceptor Wing
  1953-1955, Far East Air Forces
  1955-1958, 4750th Air Defense Wing (Weapons)
  1958-1962, Headquarters Command (HQ USAF)
  1962-1965, United States Air Forces in Europe (COMUSAFE/USAFE)
  1965-1966, Headquarters, Air Training Command
 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)
  1943-1945 World War II/European-African-Middle Eastern Theater
  1953-1953 Korean War/Korean Summer (1953)/Various Air Missions Over North Korea
 Colleges Attended 
Air Command and Staff College
  1949-1949, Air Command and Staff College
 My Aircraft/Missiles
P-38 Lightning (Forked Tail Devil)  P-40 Warhawk/Kittyhawk  F-80/P-80 Shooting Star  F-86 Sabre  
F-86 Sabre  F-102 Delta Dagger  T-33 Shooting Star (T-Bird)  F-104 Starfighter  
F-106 Delta Dart  
  1943-1945, P-38 Lightning (Forked Tail Devil)
  1943-1945, P-40 Warhawk/Kittyhawk
  1950-1950, F-80/P-80 Shooting Star
  1950-1953, F-86 Sabre1
  1955-1957, F-86 Sabre
  1955-1957, F-86 Sabre
  1957-1958, F-102 Delta Dagger
  1957-1958, T-33 Shooting Star (T-Bird)
  1958-1966, F-104 Starfighter
  1960-1966, F-106 Delta Dart
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