"Aces of The Eighth" by Jack Fellows

Headhunter Headlines August 2017

Tags: Loss of Lt William Pridham, MSGT Keith Gestring memoir, loss of Capt. S. Curtis “Bullet” Robinson and Capt. Theodore Harduvel, Jr, Col. Walt Soboslay RIP, G Suits and Aneurysms, CHANGE TO NEWSLETTER PROCEDURES, CHANGE OF COMMAND. Aug 2017 Newsletter Final

The Loss of Lt William “Bill” Pridham

The Loss of Lt William “Bill” Pridham By Bob “Driver Mac’ McNeese 80FS Association Historian and Gerry Asher Korean War Historian At 1415 on 8 November 1944, 1st Lieutenant William Pridham and his wingman, 2nd Lieutenant Lloyd Johnson, departed the island of Biak in two P-38’s headed to Morotai, a distance of approximately 450 miles. It was the last time…

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2017 Reunion Pictures

Be patient. It’s only been three months since the reunion! I’ll get them posted here soon. Sorry for the wait.

MSGT Keith “Butch” Gestring: Korean War Memoir

Way back in the 2013-2014 time frame, MSGT Butch Gestring contacted me and passed along some of his memories from his service in Korea. Unfortunately, they got filed in my computer and have just now surfaced. Butch, please accept my apologies for taking so long. No excuse, Sir. Butch’s memoir: MSGT Keith Gestring Memoir Butch’s letter about 8oth losses: Very…

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G Suits and Aneurysms

I got this info from the AA Grey Eagle’s website. If you’ve ever used a g-suit, you might want to take a look here: G Suits- and Aneurysms It appears that since most models don’t provide support to the veins behind the knee that the veins in that area may be damaged and spring a catastrophic leak. The sky is…

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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!

Headhunter Headlines May 2017

Tags: A1/C Joseph Clark in Korea, JL March & April newsletters, 6 Headhunters down, lots of “News From Around The World”, welcome to Bob Buhrow, new “Donations” page, “Klinger” Ritchie’s generous donation. May 2017 Newsletter Final

Headhunter Headlines February 2017

Many apologies. The February newsletter went MIA. Here it is again. Tags: Virginia Dyer, Rosie The Riveter, Warren Thompson F-80 article,John Morrissey Linebacker II article “Sully. A General’s Decision”, reunion signup sheet and information. Feb 2017 Newsletter Final

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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