"Aces of The Eighth" by Jack Fellows

TSGT Ben Byland 80th P-38 Armorer

Ben L. Byland – Aircraft Armorer during WWII for the 80th fighter squadron – The Headhunters Where do we start in describing someone’s life and service for their country? Well, I guess at the beginning. Ben L. Byland was born in 1920 and grew up with his dad & mom – Rollie and Maybelle Byland in Huntington Beach and then…

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Initial Cadre of Juvat Headhunters

RE: 80th Squadron picture taken in January or February 1971 (most likely it was February). This was PACAF’s F4C Wild Weasel squadron after the consolidation of Weasel aircrews and aircraft from Yokota and Misawa in late 1969 or early 1970. Most of the crews in the pic and aircraft flew to Kadena in one “mass gaggle” on March 11, 1971…

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Sincerely – F/O Willis F. Evers

Published on Sep 13, 2013 “Sincerely” is based on a book written by Terri J. Kallio in 2007 on the life of her Uncle – Willis F. Evers who was a Flight Officer in the Army Air Force during WWII. He was a member of the 8th Fighter Group, 80th Squadron stationed at Port Moresby, New Guinea in 1943. This…

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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…

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Virginia Dyer and Rosie The Riveter

LTM Jonathan Hayes’ 2016 Memorial Day Speech To Oregon State ROTC

LTM Jon Hayes gave a speech to the Oregon State University ROTC cadets on Veteran’s Day 2016 and he’s shared it with us. Well done, Sir! LTM Jonathan Hayes’ 2016 Memorial Day Speech To Oregon State ROTC Captain Nisbett, Lt Col Brainerd, Lt Col Miller, distinguished guests, cadets and midshipmen, Fifty years ago last summer God’s gift to fighter aviation…

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Linebacker II. Forty Four Years Ago

Buster McGee sent me a great email from John Morrissey. I asked permission to forward it. Here’s his reply: On 12/31/2016 6:18 PM, John Morrissey wrote: Hi Jim (that’s my Maiden name…), It would be an honor to provide the requested piece to the Headhunters. My F-105 class at Nellis in the summer of 1963 was mostly with the fine…

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Ezra Cason Remembers the 80th on His 98th Birthday

I received an email from Ezra Cason’s daughter Lois.  He wanted to make known the pride he took from being a Headhunter, on the occasion of his 98th birthday.  Right back at you, Ezra.  We are enriched by your membership in the finest fighter squadron in the world.  Dear Headhunters, My Dad turned 98 on June 12, 2016.  He insisted…

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JL #110’s Change Of Command Ceremony

I received some pictures from the CoC  from Capt Thomas Hainline. Unfortunately I simply didn’t have enough room in the August Headhunter Headlines to put them all in. Meet JL 110 (.pdf file):  80 FS CoC Program 2016   JL #109 Lt Col  John Gallemore Relinquishes Command: Jl #110 Lt Col  Matthew Crowell Assumes Command: JL #110 Receives First Salute:…

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Jerry Minton’s 80FBS Presentation

A few years ago, LTM Jerry Minton gave a PowerPoint presentation to the US Air Force Academy that highlighted the role played by the 80 FBS in Korea. Associate LTM (and 80 FS Association Korean War Historian) Gerry Asher was kind enough to transcribe the entire presentation to a CD. Too bad there is no audio, but none  was  recorded…

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Headhunter Korean War Losses

It’s also fitting on this Memorial Day 2015 to post a list of casualty, kills and aircraft losses that we suffered in Korea. I’d like to personally thank our Korean War Historian, LTM Gerry Asher for these lists and for his continuing support of the 80th and our Association.  Even though he never served in the Headhunters, we should feel…

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Headhunter Korean War KIA

On this Memorial Day 2015 it is fitting to honor and remember our comrades lost in yet another war the politicians would not let us win.  Even so, they did not give their lives in vain. AMERICAN FIGHTER PILOT excerpt. (Author unknown; a Juvat Headhunter ca mid-1980’s is all we know) Many of our friends, Some of the best, For…

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