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Commandant17 #1 Posted 23 May 2013 - 09:24 AM

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César Fernando Basa (1915 – December 12, 1941) was a Filipino pilot and hero of World War II. Born in 1915, he was one of the pioneer fighter pilots in the Philippine Air Force and the first Filipino casualty during World War II. Basa's fight took place at Batangas Field on the morning of December 12, 1941 when fifty-four Japanese bombers and fighter escorts raided the base. Five Filipino fighter pilots, led by Captain Jesús Villamor, engaged the numerically superior enemy in aerial combat at 12,000 feet (3,700 m). Lieutenant Basa arrived on the scene from an air patrol mission with only 15 minutes of fuel left in his tanks, but attempted to join his comrades in the fight. While still half the distance away, he was intercepted by seven Japanese fighters and shot down. Although he bailed out, he was strafed with machine-gun fire by the A6M Zero fighters. Captain Villamor and his pilots won the battle, with the only casualty being Basa. In recognition of his heroism, Lieutenant Basa was posthumously awarded the Silver Star.

alphatanker02 #2 Posted 24 May 2013 - 12:42 PM

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..that's why an air base located at Floridablanca, Pampanga was named after Lt. Basa.  It was formerly known as Floridablanca Airfield, now its Basa Air Base of the Philippine Air Force.

hathore #3 Posted 25 May 2013 - 04:32 AM

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Thanks for posting this!
I love to read these bits of history you find.

Commandant17 #4 Posted 26 May 2013 - 09:50 AM

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You're welcome, and its nothing, there are only a few Filipino Aces ever since there was a Filipino inside a warplane, and pretty much almost allwarplanes the PAF or the PAAF (philppine army air corps before during the interwar and ww2) are american. This is from one of the few Filipinos who play wargaming.games like WoT and WoWP

DBlitz_Ace99 #5 Posted 29 May 2013 - 01:57 PM

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All PAF had back then were P-26 Peashooters
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RushSkies #6 Posted 31 May 2013 - 02:24 PM

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Is there any other Filipino pilot with such outstanding record. I'd like to hear there stories too. Getting to know of our people's history.

Commandant17 #7 Posted 01 June 2013 - 02:57 AM

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There is Jesus Villamor and Antonio Bautista

CharlieBartlett #8 Posted 10 June 2013 - 11:14 PM

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This is a very good story of an ace.

shwedor #9 Posted 16 June 2013 - 04:00 AM

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View PostCharlieBartlett, on 10 June 2013 - 11:14 PM, said:

This is a very good story of an ace.

I haven't been able to find anything stating this guy got five air kills, so technically he isn't an ace but just a guy who happened to get himself blown out of the sky while accomplishing very little? Going to assist your comrades with 15 minutes seems like a heroic act, but was it really an intelligent decision and did it have any positive outcome on the battle? The original post seems to be lacking a lot of information.

Edited by shwedor, 16 June 2013 - 04:04 AM.

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Commandant17 #10 Posted 20 June 2013 - 02:02 PM

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View Postshwedor, on 16 June 2013 - 04:00 AM, said:

I haven't been able to find anything stating this guy got five air kills, so technically he isn't an ace but just a guy who happened to get himself blown out of the sky while accomplishing very little? Going to assist your comrades with 15 minutes seems like a heroic act, but was it really an intelligent decision and did it have any positive outcome on the battle? The original post seems to be lacking a lot of information.
There isn't a lot of information about the PAAF or its pilots or any Filipino or Military Archives and Documents from WW2 because of the Jap Occupation, I am sorry for not having a lot of info, because this is pretty much what is in the internet about him