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High Flight

Oh! I have slipped the surly bonds of earth
And danced the skies on laughter-silvered wings;
Sunward I've climbed, and joined the tumbling mirth
Of sun-split clouds - and done a hundred things
You have not dreamed of - wheeled and soared and swung
High in the sunlit silence. Hov'ring there
I've chased the shouting wind along, and flung
My eager craft through footless halls of air.
Up, up the long delirious, burning blue,
I've topped the windswept heights with easy grace
Where never lark, or even eagle flew -
And, while with silent lifting mind I've trod
The high untresspassed sanctity of space,
Put out my hand and touched the face of God.

Pilot Officer Gillespie Magee
No 412 squadron, RCAF
Killed 11 December 1941

John Alexander
Meredith Anderson
Robert Abernathy
Frank C Andrews
Charles Augustine
James Barrie
Paul D Baysore
Robert Bennett
Joseph Blaylock
Richard Blood
Paul (PT) Borne
Lloyd Bradley
Ronald L Brumbaugh*
Kirk Bowers
Kenneth Brackney
Francis Brady
Donald Broaddus*
Judge Brown
Bertram Brunner*
Scott Burkett
Herb Berman
Raymond Burri
Albert Byrnes
Ed Caldwell
Benjamin Carde
Gary L. Carlson
Frank Carretto
Nick Carter
Dempsey Clinard
W.J. Cline
Stephen Coleman
Donald Corbin
Robert Dailey
Richard Dankey
James Davis
Thomas Davey
Foster E Dudgeon
Oscar Duggan
Samuel Dyke*
Albert Evans
Russ Evans
Bruce Frazier
Donald Fonke
Leonard G Foster
George Francis
George Franz
Bruce Frazoer
Harry Funk
Homer Gaouette
Claude Garver
Frank Gelsone
Frank Green
Charles Griffith
Connie Guavara
Kermit Gunther
Dick Haag
John Haken
James Hank
Scott Hardin
Lanny Headley
John Hicks
Rodney Hildebrand
Michael Hoobler
Lee Hommer
Wilson Howard*
Don Irwin
William Jinks
William Johnson
Robert Joyal
Bruce Joyner
Joseph Kent
Michael Kling
Gerald Kragenbring
Ernest Krubsack
Jack Kuzanek
Roy Lancaster
Al Langford
* Designates Squadron Commander
Stanley Leake
Richard Lee
Bruce Leeka
Charles Lingle
Robert Llewellyn
Steve Lonergan
Billy Lucas
Donald Lunenberg
Kent Mead
Phillip Maurer
Laurence J Maher, Jr*
Paul Martin
Marty McGregor
Edward Meidlinger
Paul Meines
David McNeill
John Moore
Cameron Morrison
Donald Mutchie
Joseph Nellis
Jimmy Nelson
Jim Nouss
Donald L O'Connell
Stanley Octaluk
Edward Palm*
Robert Paterno
Whitney Pertl
James Peters
James Pettingill
David Phelps
Franklin Pierce
Mike Polishack
Terry Prausa
Mark Richards
Ronald Roach
Kent M Robinson
Paul Rogers
Richard Rosebush
Guy Rundio
Erich Schuler
Leonard "Harry" Schulz
C. Hunter Smith*
C. Michael Smith
Florian Spiczka
Fred Spivey
Ellen Jean Naismith Staley
Leroy G Sweeney
Tony Syracusa
Dick Trautmann
Charles Trout
David Tryling
James Umstead
Carmine Vara
David Vickers
John Vizzini
Bob Wallinger
Phillip Wangness
Roger Weeks
William Weidlich
Al Westbrook
Larry Whalley
Hauser White
Joseph Wish
Frederick Wrinkle
John E. (Jack) Young

South East Asia Losses

17 December 1965

AC-47D 43-49492  4 ACS, 6250 CSG, USAF, Tan Son Nhut

Maj Robert William Abbot (KIA)

Maj Robert Lloyd Abernathy (KIA)

1 Lt Francis Richard Buckley (KIA)

MSgt Joseph Anthony Cestaric (KIA)

TSgt John Monroe Chappell (KIA)

TSgt Thomas Newton Sloan (KIA)

SSgt Ralph Leon Hinson (KIA)

A1C Claude Wesley Mathews (KIA)

A1C Johnson Ashley Meade (KIA)

Although the first AC-47 gunships arrived on 14 November, their guns had been removed before leaving the USA in order to reduce the weight for the longTrans-Pacific flight. The guns did not arrive in Vietnam for another month and in the meantime the Squadron was put to work flying courier and cargo missions. It was on one of the last courier missions flown that the 4th ACS  lost  its first aircraft and crew. The aircraft went missing during a night cross country courier flight between Tan Son Nhut and Phan Rang. The wreckage was found on 23 December and the indications were that the aircraft had been shot down by ground fire.


8 Oct 1967 

C-130B 61-2649    773 TAS, 463 TAW, USAF, Clark

Lt Col Christopher Braybrooke (KIA)

Maj Robert William Anderson (KIA)

Capt Scott McClelland Burkett (KIA)

A1C Terry Michael Rehm (KIA)

A2C Ronald Paul Ruyf (KIA)

19 crew/passengers, names unknown (KIA)

A C-130 Hercules took off from Phu Bai airfield near Hue for the short flight to Da Nang. The weather was poor with low cloud and ground fog and 10 minutes after taking off the aircraft flew into a mountain about 15 miles to the southeast of Phu Bai. The aircraft struck the mountain about 150 feet below its 1,850 feet summit and all 24 on board were killed in the accident. The wreckage was discovered two days later.


13 Dec 1968

AC-47D 43-49274 3 SOS, 14 SOW, USAF, Nha Trang det to Bien Hoa

Maj F D Reecler (survived)

1Lt P N Rose (survived)

Several other crew, unknown (survived)

OV-10A 67-14627   19 TASS, 504 TASG, USAF, Bien Hoa

Capt Charles Farrell Griffin (KIA)

Capt Bruce Brian Greene (KIA)

By a strange coincidence, another mid-air collision resulted in the loss of two more USAF aircraft at the opposite end of Indo-China on the night of the 13th. A Viet Cong night attack on an outpost six miles southeast of True Giang in the Mekong Delta resulted in the scramble of a number of aircraft from Bien Hoa. An AC-47 was directed to the target and started to drop flares to assist the defenders as it orbited at 3,500 feet. The crew of the Dakota felt a bump and the aircraft became difficult to control. The aircraft had been hit by an OV-10 FAC that was co-ordinat­ing the aircraft in the vicinity of the target. Both aircraft headed back towards Bien Hoa but the OV-10 crashed northwest of Saigon killing both the crew. The AC-47 gunship eventually landed at Bien Hoa but its undercarriage collapsed and the air­craft was so badly damaged that it was scrapped. This was the only aircraft lost by the 3rd SOS during it 17-month existence in Vietnam.


27 April 1970

AC-119G 53-8155 Detachment 1,17SOS, 14SOW,USAF, Phan Rang detached to Tan Son Nhut

ILt Thomas Lambert Lubbers (KIA)

lLt Charles Milford Knowles (KIA)

Maj Meredith Glenn Anderson (KIA)

Maj Robert Bokern (survived)

MSgt Joseph Cobdenjeszeck (KIA)

SSgt Allen Chandler (survived)

SSgt Robert Frederick Fage (KIA)

Sgt Michael J Vangelisti (KIA)

An AC-119, radio call sign Shadow 78, had an engine failure at about 100  feet just as it was taking off from Tan Son Nhut on a mission over  the Trail. The crew struggled to keep the aircraft airborne but it crashed about two miles beyond the end of the runway. Six of the eight men on board were killed in the crash.


Source: Vietnam Air Losses, Chris Hobson, Midland Publishing, 2001


15 January 1992

Sea of Japan

Captain Martin McGregor was lost when his U-2R, 68-10322, lost control over Korea. He did not survive the ejection. His body was found later by Korean fishermen. His first solo in a U-2 was 19 July 1991.

Paul T. Bourne

Mar 21, 1935
February 21, 2017

Paul Terrance “Terry” Bourne, husband of Marlene Bourne (nee Bernard). Father of Christopher Bourne, Cindy Bourne Walker, Bradley W. Bourne, and Julie Bourne. Loving grandpa of Ten. Brother of Bruce L. Bourne, David Bourne, and Carol Rieger. Paul was self-employed and ran a State Farm Insurance Agency. Paul was a Korean War Air Force Veteran. Paul passed away in Apache Junction, Arizona on February 21, 2017. Since retiring 22 years ago Paul and Marlene Spent time living at the Golden Vista Resort in Apache Junction, Arizona. They spent 11 years Motor homing all over the USA and Alaska. Visitation will be Tuesday February 28, 2017 from 4:00pm until 7:00pm at St Barbara Church. Mass of Christian Burial will follow at 7:00pm. Burial St. Mary Cemetery. Middendorf Funeral Home in Fort Wright are handling the arrangements. In lieu of flowers the family has requested donations to: Charity of donor’s choice.


ROACH, Vonda J. 82, died March 17, 2017 at home in Tucson, after a long series of illnesses. Born in Cardwell, Missouri, she grew up mostly in the small farming town of Caraway, Arkansas. After graduating from high school in Caraway, she moved to the big city of Memphis, Tennessee, where she met the man who would become her husband of 62 years. Together, they raised a family within life in the U.S. Air Force. After retirement, they returned to their favorite USAF assignment - Tucson, where Vonda enjoyed bridge, golf and reading. Vonda was pre-deceased by her parents, Adam E. Jennings and Lillie M. Sharp; and her brother, Gerald W. Jennings. She is survived by her husband, James; daughters, Tara and Jamie; son, Jim (Alice); grandchildren, Will (Caroline), Matt, and Anna; and brother, Jerry G. Jennings. At her request, there will be no service and she will be cremated. In lieu of flowers, her family would appreciate donations be made to TMC Hospice or a charity of your choice . Arrangements by HUDGEL'S FUNERAL HOME.


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