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Richard Manford Baughn


Assigned to 383FS, 364FG, 8AF USAAF. Completed Tour of Duty (ETD). EOW.

Awards: SS, LOM, DFC (2 OLC), AM (14 OLC), Bronze Star, WWII Victory, EAME, OCU, AF Commendation Medal (OLC), AF Outstanding Unit Award Ribbon (OLC), UN and Korean medal. USAFE Order of the Sword recipient.

Post war: Remained with USAF, serving in both Korea and Vietnam, rising to the rank of Brigadier General in Dec-72.

He is a command pilot with more than 7,000 flying hours, including 5,000 in jet fighter aircraft. He has flown the P-51, F-51, F-47, F-80, F-84 [B,F, and G], F-86 [E and F], F-100, F-104, F-105, F-4, A-6, F-111, FB-111, KC-135, Gloster Meteor, Hawker Hunter and English Electric Lightning.


Units served with

  • 8th Air Force

    8th Air Force

    Eighth Air Force Bomber Command became the Eighth Air Force on February 1944, it oversaw bombardment of strategic targets in Europe until 1945. ...

  • 364th Fighter Group

    364th Fighter Group

    The 364th Fighter Group flew 342 missions in P-38 Lightnings and P-51 Mustangs from Honington, Suffolk. The missions ranged from escorting bombers and dive-bombing and strafing targets to area patrol missions across a swathe of land that took in France...

  • 383rd Fighter Squadron


  • 44-14279

    P-51 Mustang
    Assigned to 383FS, 364FG, 8AF USAAF.

Associated Place

  • Honington

    Military site : airfield
    Honington was in use by Eighth Air Force units for a longer period than any other air base in England. The air base, built in the mid 1930s as part of the RAF's expansion programme had seen plenty of action as an RAF base before it was handed over to...


Event Location Date
Born Council Bluffs, IA, USA 26 September 1923
Lived in Omaha, NE, USA 1941
Promotion United States January 1943

Promoted to 2nd Lieutenant. Received commission and wings.

Enlisted Jefferson Barracks, Lemay Township, MO 63125, USA 1 February 1943

Jefferson Barracks
Lemay Township

Based Honington 28 October 1944 – March 1946

Assigned to 383FS, 364FG, 8AF USAAF.

E/A Destroyed Germany 23 December 1944

Credited 1 x E/A destroyed.

End Tour of Duty (ETD) England, UK 1945

Ended Tour of Duty (ETD).

Promotion Honington, Bury Saint Edmunds IP31, UK January 1945

Promoted to 1st Lieutenant.

End of War (EOW) Europe May 1945

End of War (EOW)


Date Contributor Update
28 April 2021 17:47:37 Al_Skiff Changes to middlename and events

Date Contributor Update
09 December 2016 12:27:46 general ira snapsorter Changes to biography

Merged with duplicate entry to include details from:
- the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia

Date Contributor Update
06 October 2016 13:49:01 Al_Skiff Changes to middlename, nickname, service number, highest rank, role, biography, awards, events, unit associations and place associations

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:22:36 AAM AAM ingest

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