Britton, Warner Alexander, Col

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1972-1973, Headquarters Air Rescue and Recovery Service, Military Airlift Command (MAC)
Service Years
1943 - 1973
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Contact Info
Home Town
Liberal, Kansas
Last Address
Mobile, Alabama

Date of Passing
Jun 10, 2005
Location of Interment
Pine Crest Cemetery - Mobile, Alabama
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Not Specified

 Official Badges 

Air Training Command Instructor (pre-1966) Combat Rescue Officer Combat Crew Air Force Retired

 Unofficial Badges 

Cold War Medal

 Military Associations and Other Affiliations
Air Force Memorial (AFM)
  2016, Air Force Memorial (AFM) [Verified] - Assoc. Page

 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
He served in many air rescue units and flew combat rescue missions in WWII and Vietnam.
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 Warner A. Britton (AFSN: 0-42368), United States Air Force, for extraordinary heroism in military operations against an armed enemy of the United States as Helicopter Flight Leader aboard an HH-53 Rescue Helicopter of the 40th Aerospace Rescue and Recovery Squadron, 3d Aerospace Rescue and Recovery Group, as part of an all-volunteer joint U.S. Army and Air Force raiding force in the Joint Chiefs of Staff-directed heliborne assault mission to rescue United States military personnel held as prisoners of war at Son Tay prison in North Vietnam, on 21 November 1970. On that date, Colonel Britton led a flight of troop-carrying helicopters on a night mission into an extremely hostile environment in the heart of North Vietnam. Although initial conditions following off-loading troops in the objective area were considerably different than planned, he correctly assessed the new circumstances and at risk of life under direct close range ground fire, again landed, picked up a load of troops, and moved them to a new location. His final departure from the objective area was through an intense array of surface-to-air missiles which he evaded with calm, exceptional flying skill. Colonel Britton, without regard for his personal safety, contributed immeasurably to the tactical success of the rescue attempt. Through his extraordinary heroism, superb airmanship, and aggressiveness in the face of the enemy, Colonel Britton reflected the highest credit upon himself and the United States Air Force.

General Orders: Department of the Air Force, Special Orders GB-985 (December 15, 1970)

Action Date: November 21, 1970

Service: Air Force

Rank: Colonel

Company: 40th Aerospace Rescue and Recovery Squadron

Regiment: 3d Aerospace Rescue and Recovery Group

Division: Son Tay Volunteer Task Force

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 Unit Assignments/ Advancement Schools
Aviation Cadet Flight SchoolUnited States Army Air Forces (USAAF)13th Air ForceRescue Boat Units
US Air Force8th Air ForceRescue Units81st Air Rescue Squadron
Air Force Bases/ InstallationsAir Force Bases/ Installations46th Air Rescue Squadron4900th Air Base Group
Air Command and Staff College (Student) Air Command and Staff College (Student) 38th Aerospace Rescue and Recovery Squadron37th Aerospace Rescue and Recovery Squadron
48th Aerospace Rescue and Recovery Squadron3rd Aerospace Rescue and Recovery GroupAir Force Bases/ InstallationsMilitary Airlift Command (MAC)
  1943-1944, AAF MOS 770, Aviation Cadet Flight School
  1944-1944, USAAF Flying Training Command
  1944-1945, AAF MOS 1051, 13th Air Force
  1944-1945, AAF MOS 1051, 2nd Emergency Rescue Squadron
  1946-1950, AAF MOS 1051, Air Force Reserve Command
  1950-1953, AAF MOS 1024, 8th Air Force
  1953-1953, AAF MOS 1021, 66th Air Rescue Squadron
  1954-1955, 1021A, 81st Air Rescue Squadron
  1955-1956, 1021A, Spangdahlem Air Base
  1956-1958, 1021A, Bolling Air Force Base
  1958-1959, 1021A, 46th Air Rescue Squadron
  1959-1960, 1021A, 55th Air Rescue Squadron
  1960-1962, 4900th Air Base Group
  1962-1963, Air Command and Staff College (Student)
  1963-1966, Air Command and Staff College (Student)
  1966-1967, 1021A, 38th Aerospace Rescue and Recovery Squadron
  1967-1968, 1021A, 37th Aerospace Rescue and Recovery Squadron
  1968-1971, 1021A, 48th Aerospace Rescue and Recovery Squadron
  1971-1972, 1021A, 3rd Aerospace Rescue and Recovery Group
  1972-1972, 1021A, Hickam Air Force Base
  1972-1973, Headquarters Air Rescue and Recovery Service, Military Airlift Command (MAC)
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1943-1945 World War II
  1944-1944 World War II/Asian-Pacific Theater/New Guinea Campaign (1943-44)
  1944-1945 World War II/Asian-Pacific Theater/Leyte Campaign (1944-45)
  1944-1945 World War II/Asian-Pacific Theater/Luzon Campaign (1944-45)
  1945-1945 World War II/Asian-Pacific Theater/Southern Philippines Campaign (1945)
  1966-1972 Vietnam War
  1970-1970 Vietnam War - Southwest Monsoon Campaign (1970)/Operation Kingpin (Son Tay Prison Raid)
 Colleges Attended 
Spring Hill CollegeGeorge Washington UniversityAir Command and Staff CollegeAir Command and Staff College
  1946-1948, Spring Hill College
  1956-1958, George Washington University
  1962-1963, Air Command and Staff College
  1963-1966, Air Command and Staff College
 My Aircraft/Missiles
PT-19 Trainer  BT-13 Valiant  AT-6 Texan  AT-7 Navigator  
AT-10 Wichta  AT-11 Kansan  C-45 Expeditor  T-41 Mescalero  
OA-10 Catalina  C-46 Commando  C-47 Skytrain/Dakota  B-36 Peacemaker  
H-19 Chickasaw  HU/SU-16 Albatross  CH/UH-21 Workhorse ( Flying Banana)  C-54 Skymaster  
HH-43 Huskie (Pedro)  HH-3/CH-3E  Jolly Green Giant  HH-53 Sikorsky (Super Jolly Green Giant)  HC-130 Hercules  
  1943-1944, PT-19 Trainer
  1943-1944, BT-13 Valiant
  1943-1944, AT-6 Texan
  1943-1944, AT-7 Navigator
  1943-1944, AT-10 Wichta
  1943-1944, AT-11 Kansan
  1943-1944, C-45 Expeditor
  1943-1945, T-41 Mescalero
  1944-1945, OA-10 Catalina
  1944-1945, C-46 Commando
  1946-1950, C-47 Skytrain/Dakota
  1950-1953, B-36 Peacemaker
  1953-1956, H-19 Chickasaw
  1953-1960, HU/SU-16 Albatross
  1959-1960, CH/UH-21 Workhorse ( Flying Banana)
  1959-1960, C-54 Skymaster
  1966-1968, HH-43 Huskie (Pedro)
  1966-1971, HH-3/CH-3E Jolly Green Giant
  1967-1969, HH-53 Sikorsky (Super Jolly Green Giant)1
  1967-1972, HC-130 Hercules
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