"Aces of The Eighth" by Jack Fellows

James W. “Tex” Ritter, RIP

Headhunters, As mentioned in the last newsletter, our President Emeritus Tex Ritter was diagnosed with and had surgery to remove a glioblastoma brain tumor in May of this year.  I was just informed that he passed away suddenly on Monday, September 17, 2018.  Tex’s obituary is attached below.  Rest in Peace my friend and fellow JUVAT. Muskrat James W. “Tex”…

Read More→

Leonard Ezra “Ma” Cason, Jr. RIP

WWII 80th Fighter Squadron member Leonard Ezra “Ma” Cason, Jr. RIP Once again we received sad news.  This email came to us from Lois Cason Eldridge, daughter of WWII Headhunter Armament Specialist MSgt Ezra “Ma” Cason.  Ezra was a long time and active Headhunters Association member.  He attended several reunions, the last being in 2010 in Colorado Springs.  You can…

Read More→

Emmett “Cyclone” Davis RIP

It is with great sadness that we inform all Headhunters of the passing of Colonel “Cyclone” Davis on November 3, 2015.  Then Captain Davis joined the 8th Fighter Group, 35th Fighter Squadron, at Milne Bay, PNG, in August 1942.  Initially flying the P-39, he later commanded the 35th Squadron when they flew the P-40, and was credited with destroying two…

Read More→

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…

Read More→

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…

Read More→

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!

B/Gen Thomas Wood

Major Thomas Wood B/Gen Thomas Wood B/Gen Thomas Wood (Retired) BGen Thomas Burk Wood obit

Delbert “Badger” Smith

Delbert (Del) F. Smith, age 85, passed away March 31, 2017, after a brief illness, with his family at his side. Del was born on December 17, 1931, in Sondheimer, Louisiana to Dalton and Bessie Smith. He married the love of his life, Joan Rambo, in 1957 and they recently celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary. Del served with distinction in…

Read More→

Captain A. L. “Robby” Roberts

Ardice Lamar Roberts August 16, 1923 – February 5, 2017 Ardice Lamar (Robby) Roberts, 93, a loving father, grandfather, uncle and WWII veteran, passed away on February 5, 2017. Robby was born on August 16, 1923 in Crocketville, SC and was a long-time resident of Tampa. During his service in the Army Air Corp, our Dad flew P-38 Lightning fighter…

Read More→

Colonel Charles Watry (updated 3-2-17)

Received this today: On 3/1/2017 8:25 AM, Watry, Andrew (LNG-SFR) wrote: A note to tell you guys that Charles A. Watry died on Monday February 27, 2017, age 93. Andrew Watry (son) If I remember our history correctly, the 80th was in Yokota Japan and was due to be deactivated, but was moved to Kunsan under the 3rd Wing (which…

Read More→

A/1C Joseph D. Clark

Dear Tex, Nogas, & Lude, My father, Joseph D. Clark, served with the Headhunters in Korea as an F80 ordnance loader – I believe he was with the 36th squadron (three red stripes on the tail). He worked on F80s early in the conflict, graduating to the big stuff (loading nukes onto B47s) when he returned stateside. Going through old…

Read More→

Major James Ure

I received this note from Kathleen Ure, dated January 31, 2017. Jim was a LTM and Korean War vet. Godspeed, Sir.: To The Headhunters, I regret being so slow to inform you of the passing of my husband, Maj. James F. Ure on 12 April 2016. He very much enjoyed his association with your great group and liked to participate…

Read More→