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Robin Olds


His father was a WWI fighter pilot and a key planner of early bombing tactics. He graduated in 1943 from West Point and immediately became a fighter pilot in WWII. He flew P-38 Lightnings and also P-51 Mustangs. He was a commander of the 8th Tactical Fighter Wing at Ubon, Thailand.

12.00 + 4 in Vietnam



  • Robert Pfund

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 479th Fighter Group

  • Glen Wold

    Military | Chief Master Sergeant | Crew Chief-750 | 479th Fighter Group
    AAF 1940-1947 USAF 1947-1970 P-38 & P-51 Crew Chief for Major Robin Olds CMSgt USAF retired

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Units served with

  • 479th Fighter Group

    479th Fighter Group

    The 479th was the last Fighter Group to join the Eighth Air Force, which they did on 14 May 1944. Known as "Riddle's Raiders", after their first Commanding Officer Lt. Col. Kyle L. Riddle, the Group flew escort and fighter sweep missions before D-Day....

  • 434th Fighter Squadron


  • 43-28341 'Peoria Pulverizer' 'Texas Longhorn' 'Scat III'

    P-38 Lightning
    Assigned to 38FS, 55FG, 8AF USAAF. Transferred to 434FS, 479FG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) fighter sweep Melun - Dijon 10-Aug-44 Crashed into Epernay Forest Lt James E Fleming Jr KIA MACR 7622

  • 43-28707 'Scat II'

    P-38 Lightning
    Assigned to 434FS, 479FG, 8AF USAAF. Crashed on take-off, Wattisham, pilot Carl L Peterson. 5-Jul-44. Cat 5 damage.

  • 44-14426 'Scat #5'

    P-51 Mustang
    Assigned to 434FS, 479FG, 8AF USAAF. Personal aircraft of Major Robin Olds. Transferred to 375FS, 361FG, 8AF USAAF.


Event Location Date
Born Honolulu, HI, USA 14 June 1922

Source is official Air Force biography:

Died Steamboat Springs, CO 80487, USA 14 June 2007
Buried US Airforce Academy Cemetery 30 June 2007

Ashes interred at the U.S.A.F. Academy Cemetery.


Date Contributor Update
13 July 2015 16:46:59 baruchgershom Changes to events
Sources downloaded 7/13/2015.

Date Contributor Update
13 July 2015 16:30:22 baruchgershom Changes to awards

Source: Note that BGen Olds earned the Air Force Cross, not the Distinguished Service Cross, and one of his two Distinguished Service Medals was from the U.S.A.F. and the other from the Army. Interestingly, he did not wear the Army DSM on his Air Force uniform. I wonder why. Other sources include According to the Air Force web site, BGen Olds had eared the Air Medal with 39 oak leaf clusters.

Date Contributor Update
10 March 2015 11:36:23 Emily Changes to service number, person associations and media associations

Transferred information from duplicate record. Containing detials from Ted Damick, VIII Fighter Command pilots list

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:24:19 AAM AAM ingest

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / Fighter Aces of the U. S. A. and Mustang Aces of the Eighth Air Force