From the estate of Major General Donald H. General Payne saw a tremendous amount of action throughout his career, flying 233 combat missions in both Korea and Southeast Asia and logging more than 4800 flying hours! He wore this cap as Second Lieutenant Payne flying with the 429th Fighter Bomber Squadron flying a total of 74 missions during the Korean War. Cap is in decent condition with some moth holes, five mission "bombs" are missing. A rather small cap I would measure it a 7 1/4.
I have nothing but tremendous respect for this man, through his service to his country and his dedication to his military career. Please read bio as follows. Payne is commander, Keesler Technical Training Center, Keesler Air Force Base, Miss. General Payne was born in 1927, in Dallas.
He graduated from high school in Garland, Texas, and following a year of college was appointed to the U. Military Academy, West Point, N. He graduated from the academy with a degree in military science and a commission as a second lieutenant in the U. Air Force in June 1950.He received a master of science degree in mechanical engineering from Southern Methodist University in Dallas in 1962 and graduated from the Army War College at Carlisle Barracks, Pa. He received his pilot wings in August 1951 and after completion of combat crew training was assigned in November 1951 to the Far East Air Forces. He served in Japan and South Korea and during the Korean War flew 74 combat missions in the F-84. In January 1953 General Payne was assigned to Laughlin Air Force Base, Texas, as a fighter gunnery instructor. He moved to Williams Air Force Base, Ariz. As a gunnery instructor in October 1955 and in August 1957 was assigned as an operations staff officer in the Fighter Division of the Crew Training Air Force at Randolph Air Force Base, Texas. While still at Randolph General Payne served as executive officer for the deputy chief of staff for Technical Training in Air Training Command headquarters. He transferred to Perrin Air Force Base, Texas, in September 1959 as an instrument flying instructor.
General Payne completed his master's degree at Southern Methodist University through the Air Force Institute of Technology program in February 1962 and was subsequently assigned as an operations staff officer, Directorate of Operations, Headquarters Tactical Air Command, Langley Air Force Base, Va. He was assigned to the Military Assistance Advisory Group, Taiwan, in June 1963 as an operations adviser to the Republic of China air force. In July 1965 General Payne became a personnel staff officer within the Directorate of Personnel Plans in the Office of the Deputy Chief of Staff for Personnel, Headquarters U. In August 1967 he entered the Army War College. From May 1969 until April 1970, General Payne was deputy commander for operations, 12th Tactical Fighter Wing at Cam Ranh Bay Air Base, Republic of Vietnam.
While in Southeast Asia General Payne flew 159 combat missions in the F-4 Phantom. He transferred to Bitburg Air Base, Germany, where he was assigned as deputy commander for operations, 36th Tactical Fighter Wing. He became vice commander of the wing in December 1970 and commander in May 1972.He assumed his current position in May 1979. He is a command pilot with more than 4,800 flying hours. His military decorations and awards include the Distinguished Service Medal, Legion of Merit, Distinguished Flying Cross, Bronze Star Medal, Air Medal with 12 oak leaf clusters, Air Force Commendation Medal with two oak leaf clusters, Distinguished Unit Citation emblem with three oak leaf clusters, Air Force Outstanding Unit Award ribbon with four oak leaf clusters and "V" device, and the Republic of Korea Presidential Unit Citation.
He was promoted to major general Feb. 8, 1979, with date of rank July 1, 1975. If you have any specific instructions regarding special packing, please let me know before paying so that I may adjust invoice if necessary.
The item "VTG Korean War USAF 429th Fighter Bomber Squadron Felt Crew Cap 74 Mission Named" is in sale since Thursday, September 29, 2016. This item is in the category "Collectibles\Militaria\Korea (1950-53)\Original Period Items".
The seller is "oldcharter" and is located in Dallas, Texas. This item can be shipped to United States, to Canada, to United Kingdom, DK, RO, SK, BG, CZ, FI, HU, LV, LT, MT, EE, to Australia, GR, PT, CY, SI, to Japan, to China, SE, KR, ID, to Taiwan, TH, to Belgium, to France, to Hong Kong, to Ireland, to Netherlands, PL, to Spain, to Italy, to Germany, to Austria, RU, IL, to Mexico, to New Zealand, SG, to Switzerland, NO, SA, UA, AE, QA, KW, BH, HR, MY, CL, CO, CR, DO, PA, TT, GT, SV, HN, JM.