"Aces of The Eighth" by Jack Fellows

Korea photos – runway at Suwon AB (K-13) in 1953

E-mail received 2 September 2002: “I’ve attached a couple of photos that might be of interest to Korean War era “Headhunters”. One is on my website and was given me by a pilot in my uncle’s squadron (36th FBS) and shows three F-86F Sabres from the 80th FBS getting ready to take off down the runway at Suwon AB (K-13)…

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Korea – 1952 F80 photo

1952 F-80 picture from  Korea sent in 9 May 2003 by Brig Gen Dennis Sullivan. #1 ?  #2 Leaf  #3 Kuhlman and #4 Sullivan

Korea – Capt Jesse Allen of the 80th FBS

This article on Capt Jesse Allen of the 80th FBS, from the December 1952 issue of Air Training Magazine, was sent in on 26 March 2004 by Mr. Gerry Asher.  He said he found it while leafing through a stack of his Dad’s old magazines.  Capt Allen retired from the Air Force as a Major General.  Both Gerry Asher and…

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Korea era photos

The photos of Lt Col Halliwell were sent in by his son John Halliwell on 13 April 2004.  Lt Col Halliwell was 80th Squadron Commander 1 May — Dec 1953. The photo of the names was sent in by Al Shortt on 12 March 2005. Our thanks to John & Al for sending in these great photos.  

Korea photos from Chuck Baisden

These two photos sent in 1 September 2008 by Korean-era LTM Chuck Baisden: John Shaw’s painting “Tiger Shooting” (R) used Chuck Baisden photo (L) Thanks to Chuck for sending in these two pics.  As a side note, before Chuck was in our 80th FBS during the Korean War, he was with Gen Claire Chennault and the Flying Tigers in 1940!

Photos from Gene Gould – Korea 1952-1953

This is an e-mail I received from Gene Gould on 24 September 2008.  His many great photos follow! “Hi Jay, It is always good to talk to the old gang, although there are not a lot of us left. No I always wanted to fly, and when I got back from Korea in July of 1953 I was stationed in…

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Korea Memoir by Gene Gould

“Here is a little known story for you.  It is one that I don’t know what the end of the story was and always wondered.  I had replaced the [Public Information Officer] PIO officer, the I & E and the Special Services Officer.  That was two first lieutenants and a captain.  I was sitting in my office down by the…

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Korea Memoir by Harold Fischer

“The stop at Hawaii was a welcome change and it seemed as if there could be no better place to have something go wrong with one of the engines. We were delayed by an engine change and it gave us an opportunity to look the island over. Going from the airport, one could see The University of Hawaii on the…

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Korea Memoir by Ernie Fahlberg

“I believe the Shooting Star was the best ground support plane made at that time. It could be shot all to pieces and still fly. I’ve seen as much as four feet shot off the wing of one and the pilot would still get her home. It could sneak up on the enemy and clobber them before they could even…

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Korea Memoir by Jerry Minton

“The first F-80 Shooting Star I ever saw was at an air show at Carswell Air Force Base in the late forties. It was flown slick-without tip tanks or bomb pylons (after all it was a high altitude interceptor design) and was painted with white enamel. The pilot would make low passes-pull up into loops or Immelmann turns-or seemingly climb…

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Korea Memoir by Evan Rosencrans

“I was in Korea from July 1950 to April 1951. On several occasions I had the opportunity to exchange firepower with the Mig-15s. At that time the Mig pilots were terrible gunners despite the sizable advantages of the Mig over our Shooting Stars. About the seventh of December, 1950, I was leading a flight of four F-80s flying top cover…

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Korea Memoir by Dean Price

“When I was in Korea, it was strictly bare bones. We lived in Quonset huts that had never been painted and had no insulation or covering of any kind on the inside walls, all you saw or felt was the cold, corrugated steel. There was one flight to a hut. The hut was heated with fuel oil furnaces made of…

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