John William Vogt Jr

John W Vogt of the 56th Fighter Group.

Object Number - FRE 9876 - John W Vogt of the 56th Fighter Group.

MILITARY ASSIGNMENTS: Graduated from US Army Air Corps Flying School, Ellington, Texas, Class 42D in 1942. Assigned to 56th Fighter Group as fighter pilot, 1942. Unit sent to European Theatre of Operations, Dec. 1942. Entered combat in early 1943, as wing man flying P-47 Thunderbolts. Completed combat tour with 56th Fighter Group as a flight leader.

Did second combat tour as Commander 360th Fighter Squadron, 356th Fighter Group. Led squadron over beachhead at Normandy on first day of Overlord operation, Completed second tour as a Major after participating in B-17/24 escort, close troop support, and interdiction missions. Participated in Amam-Neimagen air assault operations. Destroyed 8 enemy aircraft in aerial combat.

Assigned commander, U. S. Army Air Base, Recife, Brazil, 1945. Terminated military service to graduate from Yale University, 1946-47. Brought back in Air Force as regular officer in 1947. Assigned as intelligence officer, Air Defense Command, Mitchell Air Field, New York, 1947-49. Assigned School of International Affairs, Columbia University, 1949-50, Received Master of International Affairs degree.

Assigned as Assistant to JCS member of Senior Staff of the National Security Council, White House, Washington, DC, 1951-55, in the grade of Lt. Colonel. Assigned as Assistant Deputy for Plans and Operations, Far East Air Forces, Tokyo, Japan, 1955-57, in the grade of Colonel.

Assigned as Special Assistant to Chief of Staff, Pacific Command, 1957-58. Attended Harvard Center for International Affairs, 1959-60. Assigned as Air Force Planner to JCS, 1960-62.

Assigned as Chief of Policy Planning Staff, ISA, OSD, 196265, in the grade of Brigadier General. Assigned as Deputy for Plans and Operations, Pacific Air Forces (Maj. Gen. ), 1965-68. Assigned as Assist. Deputy Plans and Operations, HQ. USAF, 1968-69. Assigned as J-3, and, subsequently, Director, Joint Staff, JCS, 1969-72, in the grade of Lieutenant General.

Assigned to Vietnam as Commander, 7th Air Force, April 1972, in the grade of General. Assigned additional duty as Deputy NMCV in May 1972. Conducted air operations throughout Southeast Asia, including Linebackers I and 11, until cease-fire agreement.

Assigned as Commander United States Support Activities Group, Thailand, 1973, Retained 7th Air Force Command. Conducted combat air operations in Laos and Cambodia until bombing halt in August 1973. Assigned as Commander in Chief, Pacific Air Forces (PACAF), 1973-74.

Assigned as Commander in Chief U. S. Air Forces Europe (USAFE) and Commander 4th Allied Tactical Air Force (NATO), 1974. Assigned as Commander Allied Air Forces Central Europe NATO, 1975. Retired from Air Force, September 1975.

POST-RETIREMENT ACTIVITY: Served as consultant to Arms Control and Disarmament Agency, 1976-77. Served as member of Team B, tasked by President Reagan to evaluate U.S. National Intelligence Estimates, 1976-77. Served as consultant to Abington Corp., Pan Heuristics, Hudson Institute, BDM Corp., Systems Planning Corp., and R&D Associates, 1976-1985.

Member of panel reviewing Air Force missile program, 1979. Member of task force to review Rapid Deployment Force Capabilities and Requirements for Director, Defense Research and Engineering, OSD, 1980. Defense advisor to Governor Reagan, 1980.

Member President-Elect Reagan Defense Transition Team, 1981. Member of R& D panel, Center for Strategic and International Studies, Georgetown University, 1982. Member, Department of Defense Policy Panel, Strategic Defense Initiative program (SDI), 1984-87. Member, Army Science Board, 1987-89, Consultant to Deputy Secretary of Defense, Policy, 1985-92. Member, Secretary of Defense's Policy Advisory Board, 1985-94. Member, Military Advisory Panel to Director Central Intelligence, 1985-94.

Retired to Florida, August 1994. EDUCATION: Bachelor of Arts degree, Yale University, 1947. Master of International Affairs Degree, Columbia University, 1950 Fellow, Harvard Center for International Affairs, 1959.

Awards during WWII: SS, DFC (4OLC), PH, AM (3OLC), ADSM, ACM, EAME Campaign Medal (4xbronze stars), WW II Victory Medal

Post WW II Awards: DSM (2OLC-AF design), DSM (Army Design), LOM, BSM, JSCM, NDSM (1star), VSM (1star) and several foreign decorations

8 air. 1 Me109-Aug 19 43. 1 Me110-Oct 04 43. 1 FW 190-Oct 20 43. 1 Me110-Feb 21 44. 1 Me110-Feb 22 44. 1 FW 190-May 19 44. 2 Me109s-Aug 04 44.


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  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 507th Fighter Group 56th Fighter Group 463rd Fighter Squadron 63rd Fighter Squadron
  • Service Numbers: O-2045114, T-223051
  • Highest Rank: First Lieutenant
  • Role/Job: Fighter Pilot


A P-47 Thunderbolt aircraft (UN-V, serial number 41-6325), named "Lucky Little Devil" of the 56th Fighter Group. This aircraft was piloted by First Lieutenant John W. Vogt Junior, in the 63rd Fighter Squadron. On 26th January the aircraft was transferred to the 365th Fighter Group, a Ninth Air Force unit. Handwritten on slide:"16 MM"
  • Aircraft Type: P-47 Thunderbolt
  • Nicknames: Lucky Little Devil
  • Unit: 365th Fighter Group 56th Fighter Group 63rd Fighter Squadron
A P-47 Thunderbolt aircraft (named "George"), of the 56th Fighter Group. Handwritten on slide:"Boxted Mark Brown"
  • Aircraft Type: P-47 Thunderbolt
  • Unit: 56th Fighter Group 63rd Fighter Squadron



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Elizabeth, New Jersey 18 March 1920


2 September 1941 Newark, New Jersey


16 April 2010 Melbourne, Florida


Arlington National Cemetery Section 59, Site 4224


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NARA files reflect he earned the Silver Star, Distinguished Flying Cross with four Oak Leaf Clusters, Purple Heart and Air Medal with three Oak Leaf Clusters and several service/campaign medals during WW II up to the rank of major. Post WW II, he earned the Distinguished Service Medal (Air Force design) with two Oak Leaf Clusters, the Distinguished Service Medal (Army design), Legion of Merit, Bronze Star, Joint Service Commendation Medal, numerous service awards from the United States and several foreign decorations later in his career. His Air Force Longevity Award reflects one silver Oak Leaf Cluster and two bronze Oak Leaf Clusters. His ASN upon entry is as an aviation cadet, followed by his officer number in WW II.…

Date1 Mar 2018 11:42:12
ContributorLucy May

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / Roster from ESCORT The 356th Fighter Group Over Europe 1943-1945 by Kent D. Miller / Ted Damick, VIII Fighter Command pilots list

Date27 Sep 2014 18:16:51

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / self

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