Udorn – Pilots

During the deployment in Udorn, Thailand a large number of pilots were assigned from 1966 till 1967. Beneath the pilots known by us :

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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 57-910, and lateron adopted 57-916 with nickname "Time Hog".
@@ Col. Bob Preciado : Flew (as last 435TFS Commander in December 1966) 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.
@@ Capt. Joe "Curley" N. Fulton : Flew the F-104C with 435TFS at Udorn Air Base in 1967. In December 1966 he flew a total of 106,50 hours, 32 years old.
@@ Capt. Mike A. Korte : He flew the squadron's 1000th mission on 30 September 1966.
@@ Capt. Roger J. Wichers : Flew the F-104C with 435TFS at Udorn Air Base whole December 1966 and also in 1967. In December 1966 he flew 123,55 hours, 32 years old.
@@ Capt. William J. "Bill" Sedor : Flew the F-104C with 435TFS at Udorn Air Base in 1966 and 1967. In December 1966 he flew a total of 110,10 hours, 32 years old.
@@ Col. Vernon H. Sandrock : Flew the F-104C with 435TFS at Udorn Air Base in 1966/67. In December 1966 he flew a total of 111,55 hours, 41 years old.
@@ 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. Thomas "Tom" P. Mahan jr. : Flew F-104C Starfighter 56-936 which received a nose-art nickname "Lil Poo II". In December he flew 113,15 hours total (24 years old)
@@ 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. In December he flew 110,10 hours (39).
@@ 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 Artillery in October 1966.
@@ Capt. Gene West : Survived an accident when his F-104C Starfighter 56-921 crashed after experiencing an frozen open nozzle in January 1967.
@@ Lt. Travis Harrell : Was flying the F-104C with 435TFS at Udorn from December 1966 - July 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 Artillery in September 1966.
@@@ Major Karl H. 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. In Dec 1966 he flew 110,o5 hours, being 38 years old.
@@ 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. Arthur K Poe : Was one of the pilots who flew back the first batch of F-104C to the USA (Puerto Rico) in July 1967. At Udorn he flew 56-929 "Margaret".
@@ Capt? Louis Meyer : Flew in total 114 missions over Vietnam territory in his F-104 during the 1966/67 period.
@@ Rank? Marvin "Marv" D. 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.
@@ Capt. Tommy L. Wilson : Flew the F-104C 57-916 "Time Hog" with 435TFS at Udorn between November 1966 and August 1967.
@@ Major Richard B. Hunt : Flew the F-104C with 435TFS at Udorn Air Base in 1966.. In December 1966 he flew 100,05 hours total (41 years old)
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If you have corrections or additions to this list please do not hesitate to email us.

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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Lt Arthur K. Poe in front of his 56-929 "Margaret" at
Homestead AFB upon delivery to Puerto Rico.
(via Arden Inabinette)
Capt Tommy L. Wilson together with his crewchief A1C
Jerry E. Lindsey (24)
and assistant Louis J. Landreneau
(23) at Udorn AFB near their F-104C 57-916.
(Photo Tommy L Wilson)
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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 :