"Aces of The Eighth" by Jack Fellows

800th Lifetime Member

is Chet “Wink” Martindale. I thought it would be fun to track the career of the 800th Lifetime Member of the 80th Association and bugged him for a recap. Here it is: Quick & Dirty Biography of Chet Martindale, Lt Col (ret.), USAF *ROTC at Auburn University, graduating in 1970 *George RTU *Two Vietnam Tours and 300 combat missions, Korat…

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Senior Airman Lewis Weineke

Joe, forgive the admin delay in publishing this. I’ve put it in the Korean History Photo Section as well as the “News” section and the November 2017 newsletter for better visibility. On 3/11/2017 3:39 PM, Joe Saiia wrote: I ran across your website doing research on my wife’s uncle’s military service. He was Lewis A Wieneke, an “Aircraft Instrument Mechanic”…

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Headhunter Headlines August 2017 Correction

Tags: Loss of Lt William Pridham and correction of Darin Pridham’s email address, MSGT Keith Gestring memoir, loss of Capt. S. Curtis “Bullet” Robinson and Capt. Theodore Harduvel, Jr, Col. Walt Soboslay RIP, G Suits and Aneurysms, CHANGE TO NEWSLETTER PROCEDURES, CHANGE OF COMMAND. Aug 2017 Newsletter Final

The Loss of Lt William “Bill” Pridham

The Loss of Lt William “Bill” Pridham By Bob “Driver Mac’ McNeese 80FS Association Historian and Gerry Asher Korean War Historian At 1415 on 8 November 1944, 1st Lieutenant William Pridham and his wingman, 2nd Lieutenant Lloyd Johnson, departed the island of Biak in two P-38’s headed to Morotai, a distance of approximately 450 miles. It was the last time…

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2017 Reunion Pictures

As you can see, we all had a great time in Fort Worth at our 2017 Headhunter Reunion. Next reunion will be in 2020 at a place TBD. Suggestions are welcome, as is a volunteer to host!

MSGT Keith “Butch” Gestring: Korean War Memoir

Way back in the 2013-2014 time frame, MSGT Butch Gestring contacted me and passed along some of his memories from his service in Korea. Unfortunately, they got filed in my computer and have just now surfaced. Butch, please accept my apologies for taking so long. No excuse, Sir. Butch’s memoir: MSGT Keith Gestring Memoir Butch’s letter about 8oth losses: Very…

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CAPTs Curtis Robinson & Theodore Harduvel

Capt. S. Curtis “Bullet” Robinson of the 80th TFS was killed in an F-16 crash on July 6, 1982. According to F-16.net, the aircraft was 80-0490 of 80 TFS, F-16A Block 10C, that went down near Chongju. Paul Huff, MSgt, USAF, wrote in 2003, “Capt Curtis “Bullet” Robinson was flying F-16A S/N 80-0490 where he crashed into a mountain side…

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LTGEN Carlos “Tote” Talbott

Cliff Birchmann sent me this from the Air Force Times 22 Oct 2012 edition: “Tex, perhaps you saw this article in the AFT. But, perhaps you did not know that Lt Gen Talbott was the DO for the 8th Tac Fighter Wing at Itazuke during 1960-1961. He flew with the 80th while there. It might be worth an article in…

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G Suits and Aneurysms

I got this info from the AA Grey Eagle’s website. If you’ve ever used a g-suit, you might want to take a look here: G Suits- and Aneurysms It appears that since most models don’t provide support to the veins behind the knee that the veins in that area may be damaged and spring a catastrophic leak. The sky is…

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Colonel Walt Soboslay

Received an email from Korean War LTM Jerry Minton today: Sorry to tell you that (Col) Walt Soboslay died early last year. We served together in “A” Flt of the 80th in Korea in 1952. Jerry Sad news. Jerry. CAVU and tailwinds, Walt!

Headhunter Headlines May 2017

Tags: A1/C Joseph Clark in Korea, JL March & April newsletters, 6 Headhunters down, lots of “News From Around The World”, welcome to Bob Buhrow, new “Donations” page, “Klinger” Ritchie’s generous donation. May 2017 Newsletter Final

Headhunter Headlines February 2017

Many apologies. The February newsletter went MIA. Here it is again. Tags: Virginia Dyer, Rosie The Riveter, Warren Thompson F-80 article,John Morrissey Linebacker II article “Sully. A General’s Decision”, reunion signup sheet and information. Feb 2017 Newsletter Final