Robert Baird oral history interview

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Robert Baird oral history interview


Fighter ace Robert Baird discusses his military service with the United States Marine Corps during World War II. He describes his wartime experiences as a night fighter pilot and his time in Okinawa with Marine Night Fighter Squadron 533 (VMF(N)-533). Special focus on a combat mission on June 9, 1945 in which he scored his first aerial victory.



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The Museum of Flight Archives


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Bibliographic Citation

The American Fighter Aces Association Oral Interviews/The Museum of Flight

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Biographical Text

Robert Baird was born on November 13, 1921 in Los Angeles, California. He joined the Navy flight training program in April 1942 and was commissioned as a second lieutenant in the United States Marine Corp shortly after. He served in the Pacific Theater with Marine Fighter Squadron 532 (VMF-532) and Marine Night Fighter Squadron 533 (VMF(N)-533) from 1942 to 1945. Baird remained in the military after World War II, flying with VMF(N)-542 and VMF(N)-513 in the Korean War and serving on the general staff of the First Marine Aircraft Wing during the Vietnam War. He retired as a colonel in 1971 and passed away in 1992.

Biographical information courtesy of: Boyce, Ward J., ed., American fighter aces album. Mesa, Ariz: American Fighter Aces Association, 1996.


Date of Interview


Time Period Discussed

1945 circa

Individuals Mentioned






American Fighter Aces Association, “Robert Baird oral history interview,” The Museum of Flight - Digital Collections, accessed July 18, 2019,