Hampton E. Boggs

Hampton E. Boggs
Born (1921-08-17)August 17, 1921
Garvin, Oklahoma
Died January 31, 1953(1953-01-31) (aged 31)
Truax Field, Wisconsin
Place of burial Denison, Oklahoma Cemetery
Allegiance  United States of America
Service/branch  United States Air Force
Army Air Forces
Years of service 1941–1953
Rank Major

World War II

Awards Distinguished Service Cross

Hampton Edward Boggs (17 August 1921, Garvin, Oklahoma - 31 January 1953, Truax Field, Wisconsin) was the United States 2nd highest scoring air ace with the 459th Fighter Squadron, 80th Fighter Group during the China - Burma - India (CBI) campaign during World War II and served as a pilot during the Korean War. A fighter pilot with the U.S. Army Air Forces (USAAF) and the United States Air Force (USAF) flying the Curtiss P-40, Lockheed P-38 Lightning, the North American Aviation F-86 Sabre aircraft and also the recipient of the Distinguished Flying Cross.[1]

Awards and decorations

  • USAAF pilot badge
  • USAF pilot badge
  • Distinguished Service Cross


The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Hampton E. Boggs (0-728557), Captain (Air Corps), U.S. Army Air Forces, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving as Pilot of a P-38 Fighter Airplane in the 459th Fighter Squadron, 80th Fighter Group, TENTH Air Force, in aerial combat against enemy forces on 25 March 1944, in the China-Burma-India Theater of Operations. On this date in aerial combat, Captain Boggs shot down three enemy aircraft in a single mission. Captain Boggs' unquestionable valor in aerial combat is in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service and reflects great credit upon himself, the 10th Air Force, and the United States Army Air Forces.

Headquarters: U.S. Army Forces-China/Burma/India, General Orders No. 131 (1944)[2]

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