2 Replies Latest reply on Mar 4, 2021 11:33 AM by Lisha Penn

    Seeking information about Victor Nicholas "Vic” Cabas

    Doru Varlan Newbie

      Dear Sir or Lady,  I am trying to collect as much information as it may be available to write a book about Victor Nicholas "Vic” Cabas who was an American Ace (pilot).  Victor Nicholas “Vic” Cabas was born January 15, 1920, in New Castle, Pennsylvania, to Louis J. and Elizabeth (Tetu) Cabas, Romanian immigrants. Please assist me with whatever you may be able to so as to make his life story as complete as possible (people or organizations that may support me etc.).  Here bellow you may find a few words written about Cabas at his death.

       

      January 15, 1920 - August 26, 2018, One of the Last WWII Ace Fighter Pilots Passes Away Brigadier. General Victor N. Cabas died Sunday, August 26, 2018, at home under the care of Torrance Hospice. Born in New Castle, Pennsylvania, he was 98 years old and died from natural causes. General Cabas devoted his entire career of 32 years to the preservation of our freedom. He was highly decorated for his service to his country including 11 Distinguished Flying Crosses, Air Medal with 21 oak leaf clusters, the Distinguished Unit Citation, the Croix de Guerre Avec Palme, Order of Leopold with palm and rosette, Croix de Guerre with cross, Belgian Fourragère, the Commendation Medal, King's Medallion and Battle of Britain Ribbon, U.S. Presidential Citation, and Canadian Battle Ribbon, maple leaf. He had 10 campaign stars for service in Europe, Africa and Korea. His battles include the Channel Dash, the Battle of Britain, the Dieppe Raid, North Africa, the Battle of the Bulge, D-Day at Normandy, Korea and Vietnam. Victor Cabas enlisted in the Royal Canadian Air Force in March 1941 and served until 1942. While in the RCAF he had 51 flight missions over Europe and was said to have piloted Winston Churchill during the war. He joined the American Air Corps as a First Lieutenant after the U.S. entered World War II. He became one of the few American pilots to have flown a British Spitfire (his favorite of the 25 different planes he flew). Victor Cabas flew over 300 missions combined in WWII. He served with the 49th Fighter Squadron. He was an ace fighter pilot credited with downing five and a half German planes (including taking off from the airfield, engaging four German fighter planes, and shooting down one insight of the base). He was downed by aerial and ground fire on two occasions. During the Korean War he became the Director of Operations for the 363rd Tactical Reconnaissance Group and served as Chief, Reconnaissance Operations, for the 67th Tactical Reconnaissance Wing. During the Vietnam era he was assigned Commander of the 363rd Tactical Reconnaissance Wing from 1965-1967, preparing pilots to meet the demands of Southeast Asia. He transferred in1967 to the 432nd Tactical Reconnaissance Wing in Southeast Asia. He was awarded his 3rd Distinguished Flying Cross at Udorn Air Force Base in Thailand and was decorated for the extraordinary achievement as an F-4 Phantom pilot during aerial flight over North Vietnam. Brigadier General Cabas had more than 3900 hours flight time by 1963 and more than 500 combat missions in all wars combined. He was said to have had as much aerial warfare as any man alive. He retired as a Brigadier General in December 1971. His family knew him as a disciplined but funny man who spoke fluent French. He spent his retirement in Southern California. Survivors include his wife of 30 years, Norma Needham Cabas of Rancho Palos Verdes; two stepchildren, Crystal Needham and Mark Needham; and one grandson, Jack Reader. His two children from his first marriage, Laurie-Anne Cabas Schmaltz, and Victor N. Cabas, Jr., are both deceased.

        • Re: Seeking information about Victor Nicholas "Vic” Cabas
          Elliot Schneider Ranger

          Hello Varlan,

           

          Please follow and copy and paste links into your web browser.

           

          https://valor.militarytimes.com/hero/389884

           

          https://acesofww2.com/USA/aces/cabas/

           

          https://www.lawrencechs.com/ace-brig-gen-victor-n-cabas/

           

           

           

          Here is some information that you will hopefully find useful. Looks like he was also in charge of a UFO sighting in Thailand in 1967.

           

           

           

           

           

           

           

           

           

           

          Hope this helps,

           

          Elliot Schneider

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          • Re: Seeking information about Victor Nicholas "Vic” Cabas
            Lisha Penn Navigator

            Dear Mr. Varlan,

             

            Thank you for posting your request on History Hub!

             

            We searched the National Archives Catalog and located a series titled World War II Combat Operations Reports, 1941 - 1946 in the Records of the Army Air Forces ( Record Group 18) that includes 11 file units of the 49th Fighter Squadron during WWII. For more information about these records, please contact the National Archives at College Park - Textual Reference (RDT2) at archives2reference@nara.gov.

             

            Many of the additional historical and operational records of the 49th Fighter Squadron have been microfilmed by the Air Force Historical Research Agency (AFHRA). RDT2 has a copy of the microfilm. For access to the microfilm, please use the index to the Air Force History microfilm available at http://www.airforcehistoryindex.org/

             

            To conduct your search for the 49th Fighter Squadron records, please enter SQUADRON/0049/FIGHTER in the search window of the index and narrow your search by including 12/7/1941 in the Start Date and 12/31/1945 in the End Date for WWII before clicking the Search button. The results should be 50 records. Read the brief Abstract to determine which records you are interested in and click on the specific PDF icon. In the PDF listing, the IRISREF is the microfilm reel number and note the FRAME and FRAMELST numbers for the location on the reel. If the reel number begins with A, B or C, please contact RDT2  for access to them. Repeat this process for the 363rd Tactical Reconnaissance Group, 67th Tactical Reconnaissance Wing, 363rd Tactical Reconnaissance Wing, and 432nd Tactical Reconnaissance Wing with the appropriate dates.

             

            If the reel number begins with D - Z, the microfilm is still security classified and RDT2 will not be able to provide access to the reel for you. The original paper copy from which the film was created is still in the custody of the Air Force Historical Research Agency (AFHRA) and has been declassified. To obtain copies of these records, please follow the instructions on this page.

             

            We also located the series Photographs of Air Force Officers and Officials, 1960 - 1981 in the

            Records of U.S. Air Force Commands, Activities, and Organizations (Record Group 342) that includes a photograph of Brigadier General Victor N. Cabas, but it is not yet digitized. This photograph and additional photographs of various U.S. Army activities dating from 1940 to 2007 are in the custody of the National Archives at College Park - Still Picture (RDSS). Please contact RDSS via email at stillpix@nara.gov and include the photograph identifier (342-P-131-10) for Cabas photo. Their web site is https://www.archives.gov/dc-metro/college-park/photographs-dc.html.

             

            We suggest that you request a copy of his Official Military Personnel File (OMPF). OMPFs and individual medical reports for those who served in the U.S. Army Air Force and the U.S. Air Force before May 1, 1994 are in the custody of NARA's National Personnel Records Center (NPRC) in St. Louis. In many cases where personnel records were destroyed in the 1973 fire, proof of service can be provided from other records such as morning reports, payrolls, and military orders, and a certificate of military service will be issued. Please complete a GSA Standard Form 180 and mail it to NARA's National Personnel Records Center, (Military Personnel Records), 1 Archives Drive, St. Louis, MO  63138-1002.  Certain information in the records is not available to the general public without the written consent of the veteran or his next of kin. For more information see Request Military Service Records.

             

            Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and pursuant to guidance received from the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), NARA has adjusted its normal operations to balance the need of completing its mission-critical work while also adhering to the recommended social distancing for the safety of NARA staff. As a result of this re-prioritization of activities, you may experience a delay in receiving an initial acknowledgement as well as a substantive response to your reference request from RDT2 and RDSS. Also, the NPRC is closed except for emergencies. Currently, NPRC will continue servicing requests ONLY associated with medical treatments, burials, and homeless veterans seeking admittance to a homeless shelter. If your request is urgent, please see Emergency Requests and Deadlines. Please refrain from submitting non-emergency requests such as replacement medals, administrative corrections, or records research until NPRC returns to pre-COVID staffing levels. Please check archives.gov/veterans for updates to the NPRC operating hours and status. We apologize for any inconvenience.

             

            For Royal Canadian Air Force records that pertain to Cabas, we suggest you contact the Library and Archives of Canada, 395 Wellington Street, Ottawa, ON  K1A 0N4, Canada. 

             

            You may wish to review these websites: Vic Cabas; and THE ACE - Brig Gen Victor N. Cabas for additional information and/or resources.

             

            We hope this is helpful. Best of luck with your research!