Baccus, Donald Arthur, Col

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Last Rank
Last Primary AFSC/MOS
Last AFSC Group
Primary Unit
1961-1962, Air Force Air Ground Operations Training Course
Service Years
1940 - 1965
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Home State
North Dakota
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Year of Birth
This Military Service Page was created/owned by SSgt Robert Bruce McClelland, Jr. to remember Baccus, Donald Arthur, Col USAF(Ret).

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Contact Info
Home Town
Jamestown, North Dakota
Last Address
Not Specified

Date of Passing
Apr 28, 1986
Location of Interment
Golden Gate National Cemetery - San Bruno, California
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Section CA, Site 2070

 Official Badges 

Headquarters Air Force Air Training Command Instructor (pre-1966) Commander 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 AssociationAir Force Memorial (AFM)
  2016, American Fighter Aces Association
  2016, Air Force Memorial (AFM) [Verified] - Assoc. Page

 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
He destroyed 5 enemy aircraft in aerial combat plus 2 damaged, and another 4 destroyed on the ground while strafing during WWII.

His Silver Star citation:

Awarded for actions during World War II

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 (Air Corps) Donald Arthur Baccus (ASN: 0-406504), United States Army Air Forces, for gallantry in action as Pilot of a Fighter Airplane and Commanding Officer of the 356th Fighter Group, EIGHTH Air Force, in action while leading a Fighter Group escorting heavy bombers over Germany, on 26 November 1944. A few minutes after making rendezvous, enemy aircraft were reported in the vicinity and Colonel Baccus, with his Group, set up a vigilant patrol. Observing a large number of fighters preparing to attack, he skillfully positioned his squadrons between the enemy and the bombers. Then, leading a Flight, he launched a daring assault against approximately twenty-five (25) ME-109's. During the ensuing battle, he became separated from the Group but was successful in destroying two (2) enemy fighters before breaking off the attack. Still alone and low on ammunition, he rejoined the bombers, and finding them unescorted, went over the target with them and escorted them back to the coast. The fact that during this action, his Group destroyed twenty-three (23), probably destroyed one (1) and damaged nine (9) aircraft is a tribute to Colonel Baccus' peerless leadership and unsurpassed combat skill.

General Orders: Headquarters, 8th Air Force, General Orders No. 66 (May 8, 1945)

Action Date: 26-Nov-44

Service: Army Air Forces

Rank: Colonel

Regiment: 356th Fighter Group

Division: 8th Air Force

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Aviator (Command)

 Unit Assignments/ Advancement Schools
Aviation Cadet Flight SchoolAir Training Command322nd Fighter Squadron359th Fighter Squadron
356th Fighter Group359th Fighter GroupUnited States Army Air Force Europe (USAAFE)USAAF Headquarters
Air Command and Staff College (Student) Headquarters Command (HQ USAF)Royal Air Force (RAF)Tactical Air Command (TAC)
405th Fighter-Bomber WingAir War College (Student) 3565th Navigator Training Wing (Staff)5th Air Force
Air Force Bases/ InstallationsSchool Assignments
  1940-1941, AAF MOS 770, Aviation Cadet Flight School
  1941-1943, Air Training Command
  1943-1943, AAF MOS 1055, 322nd Fighter Squadron
  1943-1944, AAF MOS 1065, 359th Fighter Squadron
  1943-1945, AAF MOS 1055, 356th Fighter Group
  1945-1945, AAF MOS 1065, 359th Fighter Group
  1945-1946, United States Army Air Force Europe (USAAFE)
  1946-1947, AAF MOS 2140, USAAF Headquarters
  1947-1948, Air Command and Staff College (Student)
  1948-1949, Headquarters Command (HQ USAF)
  1949-1951, 1021A, Royal Air Force (RAF)
  1951-1953, 1411, Tactical Air Command (TAC)
  1953-1954, 405th Fighter-Bomber Wing
  1954-1955, Air War College (Student)
  1955-1957, 3565th Navigator Training Wing (Staff)
  1957-1959, 1411, 5th Air Force
  1959-1961, Misawa Air Base
  1961-1962, Air Force Air Ground Operations Training Course
 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)
  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)
  1944-1945 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)
  1945-1945 World War II/European-African-Middle Eastern Theater/Central Europe Campaign (1945)
 Colleges Attended 
Air Command and Staff CollegeAir War College
  1947-1948, Air Command and Staff College
  1954-1955, Air War College
 My Aircraft/Missiles
P-47 Thunderbolt (Jug)  P-51/F-51 Mustang  F-84 Thunderjet  T-33 Shooting Star (T-Bird)  
B-25 Mitchell  
  1943-1944, P-47 Thunderbolt (Jug)
  1944-1945, P-51/F-51 Mustang1
  1953-1954, F-84 Thunderjet
  1955-1957, T-33 Shooting Star (T-Bird)
  1955-1957, B-25 Mitchell
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