Udorn – Pilots

During the deployment in Udorn, Thailand a large number of pilots were assigned from 1966 till 1967. A few are mentioned beneath:

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LtCol. Ed Gaines : He was the F-104 squadron Commander at Udorn.
Major Bill. J. Cafferi : Was one of the pilots who flew back aircraft to Puerto Rico in July 1967.
Major Bobby Bedsworth : Flew F-104C Starfighter 56-938 which received a nose-art nickname "Show Me"
Major Joe Nevers : Flew F-104C Starfighter 57-916 which received a nose-art nickname "Time Hog"
Bob Preciado : Flew (as last 435TFS Commander) F-104C Starfighter 57-923 which received a nose-art nickname "Hellooo Dolly"
Major James L Foster : Was one of the pilots who flew back the first batch of F-104C to the USA (Puerto Rico) in July 1967..
Capt. Rodney Trimble : Flew F-104C Starfighter 57-927 which received a nose-art nickname "Debbie Sue"
Rank? Keith E. Phillips : Served 435 TFS at Udorn AB in 1966 and 1967.
Rank? Joe "Curley" Fulton : Flew the F-104C with 435TFS at Udorn Air Base in 1967.
Capt. Mike A. Korte : He flew the squadron's 1000th mission on 30 September 1966.
Rank? Roger Wicker : Flew the F-104C with 435TFS at Udorn Air Base in 1967.
Capt. Bill Sedor : Flew the F-104C with 435TFS at Udorn Air Base in 1967.
Col. Vernon Sandrock : Flew the F-104C with 435TFS at Udorn Air Base in 1967.
Rank? Bob Lilac : Flew the F-104C with 435TFS at Udorn Air Base.
Rank? Terance "Terry" E Cawley : Flew the F-104C with 435TFS at Udorn Air Base in 1966.
Major Charles C Carr* : Ops Officer under LtCol. Gaines, flew 106 combat missions of which 100 over N-Vietnam. Returned to George AFB late '66 and transitioned to F-4s.
Rank? Floyd Totten : Flew F-104C Starfighter 56-892 which received a nose-art nickname "Miss Bevie J VI" (left) and "My Darlin Dorothy" (starboard)
Capt. Addison "Ace" Rawlins : Flew F-104C Starfighter 56-902 which received a nose-art nickname "Miss Judy"
Rank? Jim Trice : Flew F-104C Starfighter 56-910 which received a nose-art nickname "Pussycat"
Rank? Jim Herb Drisko : Flew F-104C Starfighter 56-929 which received a nose-art nickname "Nancy J" (left) and "Snoopy Sniper" (starboard)
1st Lt. Tom Mahan : Flew F-104C Starfighter 56-936 which received a nose-art nickname "Lil Poo II"
LtCol. Robert H McIntosh : Was one of the pilots who flew back the first batch of F-104C to the USA (Puerto Rico) in July 1967..
Lt. Dennis R Mangum : Was one of the pilots who flew back the first batch of F-104C to the USA (Puerto Rico) in July 1967
Capt. Norman Lockard : Flew F-104C Starfighter 56-904 , survived the shooting down of his F-104 by a SAM missile in October 1966.
Major Hugh Spencer : Flew in an F-104C Starfighter which received a nose-art nickname "Sex Machine"
Rank? Harold R. Alston : On 30 September 1966 he flew his 100th mission from Udorn and was the very first pilot achieving this.
Capt. Charles E Tofferi : Was sadly killed when his F-104C Starfighter 56-918 was shot down by Anti Aircraft Artillary in October 1966.
Capt. Gene West : Survived an accident when his F-104C Starfighter 56-921 crashed after experiencings an frozen open nozzle in January 1967.
Lt. Travis Harrell : Was flying the F-104C with 435TFS at Udorn at least in January 1967
Lt. John C Kwortnik : Was sadly killed when his F-104C Starfighter 56-928 was shot down by a SAM missile in August 1966.
Major Norman Schmidt : Was sadly died (as POW) when his F-104C Starfighter 56-913 was shot down by Anti Aircraft Artillary in September 1966.
Rank? Karl Hofmann : Survived an accident with F-104C 57-922 by using his ejection seat. Crash was caused by fuel tank rupture. It was in May 1967.
LtCol. Travis E Harrold : Was one of the pilots who flew back the first batch of F-104C to the USA (Puerto Rico) in July 1967.
LtCol. Arthur T. Finney : Was sadly killed when his F-104C Starfighter 57-925 "Smoke II" was shot down by a SAM missile in August 1966.
Lt. Arther K Poe : Was one of the pilots who flew back the first batch of F-104C to the USA (Puerto Rico) in July 1967
Capt? Louis Meyer : Flew in total 114 missions over Vietnam territory in his F-104 during the 1966/67 period.
Rank? Marv Roupe : Flew the F-104C with 435TFS at Udorn Air Base in 1966.
Capt? Samuel "Sam" Cottrell : Flew the F-104C with 435TFS at Udorn Air Base in 1966.
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Some Udorn based F-104C pilots:

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Tom Mahan in front of his F-104C. Photo was taken in 1967.
(via Rodney Trimble)
Floyd Totten in front of his F-104C. Photo was taken in 1967.
(via Rodney Trimble)
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Joe Fulton ("Curly") in front of his F-104C. Photo was taken in 1967.
(via Rodney Trimble)
Major Hugh Spencer in front of his F-104C. Photo was taken in 1967.
(Via Rodney Trimble)
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Rodney Trimble in front of his F-104C. Photo was taken in 1967. Capt. Addison "Ace" Rawlins in front of his F-104C.
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Sam Cottrell (right) after landing in F-104C 57-927 on
27 November 1966. (via George Cottrell)
Harold R. Alston at Udorn (photo Charles C. Carr)
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*Major Charles C Carr wrote some anecdotes regarding his deployment to Udorn, his son Jeffrey have digitized these and a story was made out of it HERE :