"Aces of The Eighth" by Jack Fellows

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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A Note From Ruth Saffro

As most of us know, Ruth is the widow of Yale Saffro, the man you gave us the Headhunter patch.  Some of his art and  other works are in our display case at the National Museum of WWII Aviation.  We hope to acquire more of his chronicles and journals.    If Lude will ever tell me how to do it, I…

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Norb Ruff Answers Dale Jones’ Questions

Hello Jay and Tex, hope this finds you both well. Attached please find a letter Norb had received from Dale Jones back in June 2001. Dale is the brother of Cleve Jones, who flew with Dad and 80th, the letter from Dale was asking questions about Cleve, Norbs hand written response and some maps illustrations was provided. I ran across…

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KirbyGrams

Digging around the internet, I found this link from the Eagle Flying Museum right down the road in Mineral Wells, Texas (soon to be moving to Bourland Field, Cresson, Texas) .  Seems the founders took a liking to our own MF Kirby and cataloged some of his  KirbyGrams.  I’ve re-posted them with permission from the EFM founders, Jim Wilson and…

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Bloody Tuesday

World War II: Raids on Rabaul in November 1943 Originally published by World War II magazine. Published Online: June 12, 2006  The abandonment of Guadalcanal by Japanese forces in February 1943 ended a grueling six-month campaign and brought the first American offensive operation of World War II to a victorious conclusion. It was, however, only the beginning of a difficult…

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Lt Robertson’s 80th Yearbook

Lt Robertson 80th Yearbook This  bit of Headhunter history comes from new LTM JR Robertson, son of LTMs John (D) and Lorraine Robertson and is a copy of his dad’s yearbook from the Japan-Korea 1950-1951 era. Permanent link is in History>Korea>Korea Memoirs Priceless. Enjoy.