Fabulous Rocketeers Squadron 1954

 

 

336th Squadron of the 4th Fighter Interceptor Wing 1954
 

Click on the above photo or here to view to complete 336th Squadron of the 4th Fighter Interceptor Wing team of 1954.

 

 

 

4th Fighter Interceptor Wing Yearbook 1953-1954

 

Click here or on the above photo to view to complete 4th Fighter Interceptor Wing staff. Note: File size is near 150 MB.

4th Fighter Interceptor Wing Yearbook

"Fourth but First"

Note: Two yearbooks were reviewed - both did not include the "A" flight team for the 335th Chiefs.They either had a different set-up, or that squadron was accidently omitted by the printing company.

 
 

 

A Nickel on the Grass

 

A Nickel on the Grass: The Real Story

 

 
 

 

Pilot Class of 1954
Names of pilots and photo(s) of their sabres - Anyone with more information for the below, please email me at eric@yocumusa.com Thanks!
Headquarters Flight
Lt. Col. E.R. Weed
Capt. J.W. Roberts

Maj. J. R. Cumberpatch
“A” Flight
“B” Flight
Capt. Charles E. Daly
 Capt. J. M. Purdy
Capt. Harry Krig

1/Lt. Cecil E. Lefevers

FU-976 (51-12976)

"Speedy Cec"

1/Lt. W. E. Mayberry
1/Lt. Harold W. Rademacher
1/Lt. Richard J. Hall
 1/Lt. R. R. Safford
 2/Lt. Norman F. Watson
2/Lt. Wilbur P. Leggett
 2/Lt. Frank W. Ragland
2/Lt. Gordon C. Baskett
 2/Lt. Mark N. Liethen

2/Lt. William J. Starr

FU-637 (52-4637)

"Red Bug II"

2/Lt. Ken C. Ewing

FU-539 (52-4539)

"Dreaded Gomboo" / "Sweet Rose"

2/Lt. Lloyd Cain
2/Lt. C. W. Britton
“C” Flight
“D” Flight
1/Lt. Joesph F. O’Donnell
1/Lt. Richard L. Erratt
1/Lt. James Webster
1/Lt. N. W. Wallace
1/Lt. John Osborne

2/Lt. Rodger D. Rhodes

FU-774 (52-4774)

2/Lt. James K. Fox

2/Lt. David M. Price

FU-780 (52-4780)

2/Lt. Richard O. Holliday
2/Lt. Frederick N. Frizzell
2/Lt. James R. Michaels
1/Lt. William H. Curry
2/Lt. Gobel D. James
2/Lt. Joseph J. Pizzicaroli
2/Lt. Kenneth R. Haugen
2/Lt. Frank Wilson Jr.
Attached Pilots
   

Col. Donald P. Hall

FU-701 (52-4701)

"Dottie"

Lt. Col. Donald H. Ross
Maj. George D. Alber
Maj. Leo Sill
Lt. Charles Goodwin
 

 

Don't known which above pilots flew these below sabres.
FU-543
FU-591
FU-546

FU-943

FU-577

Formerly Ed Smith's Sabre

"Little Bathy"

FU-992
FU-590
 

 

Blue nose sabres

 

 

 
 

 

** In search of Crew Chief from Okarche **

U.S. Air Force pilot James Thompson, left, visits with his crew chief prior to a combat mission during the Korean War. The crew chief, known only by the last name of Johnson, is from Okarche. In the lower right of the photo, the words “Home” and “Okarche, Okla” can be seen. (Photo provided) © 2017 Okarche Warrior

News Article Link - October 9, 2017

By Mindy Ragan Wood, Staff Writer – More than 60 years after the Korean War ended, a U.S. Air Force pilot is searching for his crew chief who is from Okarche.

James Thompson served with fellow crew member whose last name is Johnson in the 336th Squadron at K-14 in South Korea in 1953. He wrote a letter to the Okarche Warrior and sent a photo of himself with Johnson. The fuel tank on the F-86 shows a Tee Pee, captioned “home” with the location Okarche, OKLA.

“I think he was a sergeant. Unfortunately, I don’t remember his first name, but I’ll never forget how well he, as crew chief, took care of the F-86 I flew in combat,” Thompson wrote.
Thompson said Johnson was responsible for maintaining the plane and he was the pilot.

“He did a marvelous job,” Thompson said during a phone call to the Warrior. “He made sure it was airworthy and ready to go. He was my righthand man.”
The two were stationed in Seoul, South Korea where they flew patrol along a 200-mile route north to the Manchurian border. Thompson flew 71 missions.

“We were a fighter intercept group,” he said. “Our task was to maintain air superiority over North and South Korea.”

During combat the fuel tanks would be dropped along with a bomb. North Koreans used to salvage them and “beat usable parts into pots and pans,” he wrote in the letter.
U.S. airmen painted messages on the fuel tanks that would be dropped to indicate where the metal had come from.

Now 89, Thompson said he cannot be sure Johnson is alive.

“I would give anything in the world if he were still living and I could make contact with him, and tell him thank you for what you did,” he said. “Someone from there made a marvelous contribution. I wish I had contacted him 20 or 30 years ago.”

Thompson lives in Florence, Alabama where he is a pastor at First Presbyterian Church. Anyone with information can contact James Thompson as 256-757-1165. His mailing address is 1428 North Shore Drive, Florence, Alabama, 35634.