Robert L. Baseler Fighter Ace Collection

Title

Robert L. Baseler Fighter Ace Collection

Description

The Robert L. Baseler Fighter Ace Collection documents the fighter pilot career of Fighter Ace Robert L. Baseler. This collection, which dates from 1939 to 1982, consists of official military certificates and photographs, flight logs, digital photographs regarding plane restoration, and booklets all relating to Baseler’s time as a fighter pilot during World War II. The items are organized chronologically by creation date.

The 20 photographic prints in the collection feature formal group portraits of Baseler’s squadron, images of planes in flight, portraits of Baseler, and photographs of Baseler's planes, The Wee Stud and The Big Stud, both in flight and on the ground. The photographs are primarily professionally taken, black-and-white images but there are a few snapshots and one color photo of an older Baseler posing with the restored Big Stud. Most of the photographs are annotated with where the picture was taken and who is featured, though many are not dated. The photographs range in size from 4x6" to 14x23". Additionally, there are four CDs containing digital photographs. Two disks contain scans of photos from the 1982 restoration of Big Stud, and two disks contain scans of photos of the 325th Fighter Group's time in Africa and Italy during World War II.

The military records in the collection include Baseler's flight records, training records, flight logs, certifications, citations and decorations, and Baseler’s combat record.

An issue of Air Progress magazine from June 1982 features an ad for a “Big Stud” model kit on page 37.

Digitized Materials: The physical photographs, logbooks, military records, certificates, statements of mission, combat record, and other military documents have been digitized. 

Date

1939-1996 (bulk dates 1939-1944)

Language

All materials are in English.

Rights Holder

The Museum of Flight Archives

Rights

Permission to publish material from the Robert L. Baseler Fighter Ace Collection must be obtained from The Museum of Flight Archives.

Bibliographic Citation

The Robert L. Baseler Fighter Ace Collection/The Museum of Flight

Identifier

2009-08-26

Collection Organization

Collection Items

[Robert L. Baseler Fighter Ace Collection, Box One, Folder 4 - Military records -- certifications, check outs, flying status, orders, and training, 1939-1964]
Items from Box One, Folder 4 of the Robert L. Baseler Fighter Ace Collection, circa 1939-1964. Folder contains 22 military documents from Robert L. Baseler's service with the United States Army Air Forces during World War II. Includes certifications,…

[Robert L. Baseler Fighter Ace Collection, Box One, Folder 8 - General orders, citations, and decorations, 1943-1944]
Items from Box One, Folder 8 of the Robert L. Baseler Fighter Ace Collection, circa 1943-1944. Folder contains 18 military documents from Robert L. Baseler's service with the United States Army Air Forces during World War II. Includes orders,…

[Robert L. Baseler receiving Silver Star from General Nathan Twining]
Photograph of fighter ace Robert L. Baseler (right) receiving the Silver Star from General Nathan Twining, January 30, 1944.Inscription on verso: "M/G Nathan Twining presenting Silver Star to Col. Robert L. Baseler. 30 Jan 1944. Following successful…

[Robert L. Baseler in cockpit of "Big Stud," his Republic P-47D (F-47D) Thunderbolt]
Photograph of fighter ace Robert L. Baseler in the cockpit of "Big Stud," his Republic P-47D (F-47D) Thunderbolt aircraft (serial number AC 42-75008), Foggia, Italy, circa February 1944. The aircraft has six aerial victory markings painted on the…

[Tail section of Republic P-47D (F-47D) Thunderbolt]
Photograph of the tail section of a Republic P-47D (F-47D) Thunderbolt aircraft, circa 1940s. The tail bears the checkerboard markings of the 325th Fighter Group, United States Army Air Forces. The aircraft could possibly belong to fighter ace Robert…

["Big Stud," fighter ace Robert L. Baseler's Republic P-47D (F-47D) Thunderbolt]
Photograph of "Big Stud," fighter ace Robert L. Baseler's Republic P-47D (F-47D) Thunderbolt aircraft (serial number AC 42-75008), circa 1940s. The aircraft's nose art includes its designation and an ace of spades playing card, and the tail is…

[Robert L. Baseler in cockpit of "Big Stud," his Republic P-47D (F-47D) Thunderbolt]
Photomechanical print of fighter ace Robert L. Baseler in the cockpit of "Big Stud," his Republic P-47D (F-47D) Thunderbolt aircraft (serial number AC 42-75008), Foggia, Italy, circa February 1944. The aircraft has six aerial victory markings painted…

[Pursuit Section Class 39-A]
Composite photograph featuring members of Pursuit Section Class 39-A, Kelly Field, circa February 1939. Image includes captioned portraits of the servicemen and a biplane in flight. Future fghter ace Robert L. Baseler appears in the "P."Inscription…

[Robert L. Baseler piloting "Big Stud," his Republic P-47D (F-47D) Thunderbolt]
Photograph of fighter ace Robert L. Baseler piloting "Big Stud," his Republic P-47D (F-47D) Thunderbolt aircraft (serial number AC 42-75008), circa 1940s. The aircraft's nose art includes its designation and an ace of spades playing card, and the…

[Class 39-A at U.S. Air Corps Advanced Flying School, Kelly Field, Texas]
Photographic group portrait of members of Class 39-A at the U.S. Air Corps Advanced Flying School, Kelly Field, Texas, circa February 1939. The servicemen are identified by last name in the typed caption. Future fighter ace Robert L. Baseler is…
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