Colonel Robert Voss

Facts

  • Branch of service : AAF/ USAF Pilot
  • Dates of service:  Commissioned during September 12, 1942- March 1, 1974
  • Highest Rank: Colonel
  • Unit, Division, Battalion,group, ship : 332nd Squadron, 94th Bomb group and 8th Air Force
  • War, operation, or conflict: WWII 
  • Locations: European Theater of Operations
  • Battles/ Campaigns: Ardennes-Alsace, Normandy, Northern France and Rhineland
  • Medals or special service awards: Campaign stars, Air medal (5 Oak Leaf Clusters), World War II Victory Medal and Command Pilot
  • Special duties/ highlights/achievements: Combat Pilot Flight Commander, Command Pilot, SQDN Commander, Vice Commander Air Force Visual SV, Asst. Chief of Staff Mac, Staff Officer
  • Medals or special service awards: European Theater with 4 Campaign stars, Air medal (5OCC) WWII Victory, Legion of Merit (OCC), Meritorious service medal, Air Force Commendation Medal (2OLC’s) , National Defense Medal

Background

Colonel Robert Voss was commissioned into the Army Air Corps September 12, 1942.  He served in the 332nd Squadron, 94th Bomb group and 8th Air Force in WWII’s European Theater of Operations. He was a pilot of the B-17 “Flying Fortress,” and named his plane “The Dorothy V,” after his wife.   He flew 35 missions over enemy territory, which earned him membership into an elite group. He was eventually named the Combat Pilot Flight Commander.   He was awarded the Campaign Stars, Air medal with 5 Oak Leaf Clusters, Legion of Merit with Oak Leaf Clusters, Air Force Commendation Medal with two Oak Leaf Clusters, National Defense Medal, and World War II Victory Medal.

After the war, Colonel Voss served two,  four year assignments at HQ USAF headquarters, planning documents and briefing Air Force Chief and Vice Chief for JCS meetings,  the Supreme Commander Shape, Commanders of USAF Major Commands, and various foreign officials.  He was the USAF representative at major world-wide planning conferences. He continued his service through the Korean and Vietnam conflicts. During those years, he served in Vietnam, Thailand, Korea, Philippines, Indonesia, Antarctica, Germany, France, Italy, England and throughout the United States. Colonel Voss  retired on March 1, 1974.

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