"Aces of The Eighth" by Jack Fellows

Headhunter Headlines May 2018

New Roster, Lt Bob Damon and “Tatay,” Lt English, Juvat Updates, New Dues, membership, and recruiting drive information. 1 May 2018 Newsletter  

The First Fighters in New Guinea 1942-1944

Thanks to Headhunters Association Member Buster McGee for sending this rare National Archives color video of the 8th Fighter Group in PNG.  Two parts recorded and narrated by Engineering Officer Lt Col Ken Gerrish.  An article from the National Archives is also attached as background to the film. Home Movies from the War Front: The First Fighters in New Guinea Posted…

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Leonard Ezra “Ma” Cason, Jr. RIP

WWII 80th Fighter Squadron member Leonard Ezra “Ma” Cason, Jr. RIP Once again we received sad news.  This email came to us from Lois Cason Eldridge, daughter of WWII Headhunter Armament Specialist MSgt Ezra “Ma” Cason.  Ezra was a long time and active Headhunters Association member.  He attended several reunions, the last being in 2010 in Colorado Springs.  You can…

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Emmett “Cyclone” Davis RIP

It is with great sadness that we inform all Headhunters of the passing of Colonel “Cyclone” Davis on November 3, 2015.  Then Captain Davis joined the 8th Fighter Group, 35th Fighter Squadron, at Milne Bay, PNG, in August 1942.  Initially flying the P-39, he later commanded the 35th Squadron when they flew the P-40, and was credited with destroying two…

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Colonel Richard High

We received the following email from Gordon High, the son of Richard “Baby Huey” High who flew west way back in 1988.  Colonel High had just returned to CONUS from Kunsan where he was the 8TFW/DO.  Gordon is asking for help in identifying the individuals in the photo below.

Papua New Guinea Sweep Shirt (UPDATE)

UPDATE:  CONTACT “GIANT” RICHIE DIRECTLY IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO ORDER A PNG SWEEP SHIRT.  HIS EMAIL:  mac16756@aim.com   We’ve had a few questions about ordering the newest Juvat Sweep Shirt, worn here by two professional male models at the May 2017 reunion. We’re waiting for the details from “Giant” Ritchie, the 80th’s Snacko, and will post them on the…

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WWII Headhunter Ken Loyd’s son writes book honoring his father

  Dear “Driver Mac, I am Ken Lloyd, Jr.   I have published a novel based upon my dad’s life and his time with the 80th in New Guinea in WWII.  He passed away in 2006 and this book is a tribute in memory of him. The book’s website is www.american-headhunter.com.   It is also available as an ebook on Kindle Amazon and will…

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Headhunter Headlines January 2018

Tags:  Happy New Year!   First Headhunter Commander,  Korean War Winter Photos,  Juvat/CC Email,  Headhunters Down: Pete Sheehan, Deacon Fotheringham, Robert Reichart, Robert Damon Rescue. Who’s Muskrat?   Jan 2018 Newsletter Final

Merry Christmas to all!

Howard “Pete” Sheehan RIP

WWII P-38 pilot Howard “Pete” Sheehan passed away after suffering a stroke on November 3, 2017. A life-long resident of San Francisco, he died peacefully with family at his side. Pete was 96 years old.

Sponenberg vs Austin (KIA) Collision

CRASH OF TWO P-400’S AT REDCLIFFE ON 2 JULY 1942 http://www.ozatwar.com/2jul42.htm The official record states:- On the 2nd July (1942) Lt. G.L. Austin was killed instantly when his plane collided with another ’80 Squadron’ plane while flying in formation over Redcliffe, a town several miles from Petrie. Lt. Austin attempted to reach the sea but the plane went into a…

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Headhunter Headlines November 2017

Tags: This is the final print edition. Online newsletters only from now on. Sorry, but it’s a cash flow issue. ; Kirbygram – painting of his 4th and 5th kills & “scared shitless”; Airman Jack Kenny Korean War crew chief; 800th Life Time Member; Sid Yahn flown West; Airman Lewis Weineke; Butch and Mary Byrd’s incredible gift to the Association;Tex’s…

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