34th Tactical Fighter Squadron - Thud Era
Korat RTAFB, Thailand - May 1966 to May 1969
Guys: Last name starting with A through F
These are some of the men that were members of the 34th TFS during the Thud era. Click on a name to see a picture from that era and a current address if we have it. Howard Plunkett has compiled F-105 histories on most of the people and these can be accessed via a link under the name.
(Click any picture for a larger image.)
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Earl F. Bancroft - Deceased
- We don't have a vintage picture of Earl.
Earl Bancroft, born 20 April 1929, died in Houston, Texas, during April 1981.
Almer L. "Buddy" Barner Jr. - Deceased
- Almer "Buddy" Barner Jr. died April 22, 2008.
Eugene Paul Beresik - Deceased
- Gene Beresik was killed in action on May 31, 1968.
Some details of the mission are listed on the Western Massachusetts Vietnam Veterans Memorial page.
William W. Berkman
- We don't have a vintage picture of William.
Kenneth T. Blank - Deceased
- Kenneth Blank died in an F-111 accident on 18 January 1972.
Aquilla Friend Britt - Deceased
Aquilla arrived in April 1967 with the Ryan's Raiders and was assigned to the 34th TFS for a short period.
Major Britt was killed on October 25, 1967, when he was directed to land in bad weather at Tan Son Nhut AB, South Vietnam, and his F-105 collided with a C-123 Provider that was on the active runway.
Colonel Burdett, 388th TFW Commander, wrote a letter to the Britt family: copy here.
He is honored by Veteran Tributes and the Military Times Hall of Valor.
- We don't have a vintage picture of Jack.
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Robert T. "Soupy" Campbell - Deceased
- We don't have a vintage picture of Soupy.
He died on March 30, 2014, at the age of 86.
William S. Chairsell - Deceased
- William Chairsell died on November 27, 1994. His biography is on the Air Force web site.
Nevin G. Christensen
- We don't have a vintage picture of Nevin.
He completed 100 missions in June 1968.
Vincent Colasuonno - Deceased
Robert M. Crane
- Bob completed his 100 missions in January 1968.
Dana B. Cromack - Deceased
- We don't have a vintage picture of Dana.
He completed 100 missions in December 1966.
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William C. "Bill" Eagle - Deceased
- Bill Eagle died on July 13, 2015.
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Clyde L. Falls Jr. - Deceased
- The pictures above and a few more can be viewed on Dropbox in higher resolution.
Clyde is also pictured on the October 1967 squadron picture.
Clyde finished his 100 missions in March 1968.
After his Korat tour Clyde was assigned to the F-106 at McChord AFB, Washington, and was killed in an aircraft crash on April 22, 1969.
Richard P. "Dick" Fitzgerald - Deceased
John P. Flynn - Deceased
Colonel Flynn briefing Major "Buddy" Barner.
Colonel Flynn was the 388th TFW Vice Commander and attached to the 34th.
He flew several missions before being shot down on October 27, 1967, and captured (see the Honor Roll).
He's also shown in the October 1967 squadron picture.
Lieutenant General Flynn retired 30 September 1978 and died at age 74 of Alzheimer's disease on 5 March 1997 in San Antonio, Texas.
General Flynn is honored on Veteran Tributes.
David W. Forgan - Deceased
David was in the 34th TFS as a Ryan's Raiders pilot and is shown here in the back seat with Nick Donelson.
David's biography is on The Official Air Force web site.
General Forgan's wife, Shirley, has written a good book on her life with Dave: "Earning My Wings. Adventures of an Air Force Wife".
David died July 26, 2013 at age 79. Obituary.
Clarence Edward Fox
Benjamin J. Fuhrman
- Current address: 3757 Paseo Del Sol, Mesa, AZ 85207