"Aces of The Eighth" by Jack Fellows

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…

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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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Master Roster Updated April 2017

Trying to get ahead of the game, I’ve updated the Master Roster. Available to Members Only. Log in first. To view: Hover over “Website Roster” on main page. Underneath that a “Master Roster” tab will appear. Click it. VIOLA! (sic) you’re in, so to speak. Note that I’m going to display email addresses on the same page. If you don’t…

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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…

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Reunion Signup Deadline Approacheth! Second Notice

Greetings Fellow Headhunters. This is a not-so-gentle reminder that you have two weeks left to sign up for the reunion. After that, MRP will charge you another $15 late fee. That’s reasonable since late attendees impose extra work loads on their staff. That being said, if you’re active duty and waiting to get a cross-country jet, contact me and we’ll…

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JL #110 Newsletter March 2017

JL 110 informed me that his replacement is LTC “Lewd” Lutmer from the 55th at Shaw. More details as they become available. The Juvats will be very busy this Spring! 80th Fighter Squadron Newsletter Mar 17

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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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…

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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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“AV8R Stuff” Store

Whitey, who runs “AV8R Stuff” graciously offered to post a link to our Store on his site. Thanks, Whitey! One good turn deserves another, so here’s a link to his store: AV8RSTUFF.COM There’s all kinds of cool flyer swag available, even a link to the River Rat Country Store. Definitely worth a look. To access it from our website: Hover…

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