The Planes

 

 


 

RF80-A

 

Tail # Fuselage # Name Assigned Pilot(s) Tail Stripe Remarks
44-85013 FT-013 - - Unknown "I remember that the 15th planned for aircraft 013 to be flown by squadron members flying their 13th mission on Friday the 13th.  It made for great pr..." Dean Cling, 15th TRS
- FT-049 - - Unknown -
45-8306 FT-306 - - White

Lost - Flame out, ditched in Wonsan Harbor - Pilot Capt. Daniel J. Nelson

45-8310 FT-310 - - Unknown -
45-8314 FT-314 - - Dark Blue -
- FT-323 - - Unknown -
45-8362 FT-362 Peeper - Dark Blue -
45-8363 FT-363 - - Unknown -
45-8364 FT-364 - - Unknown -
- FT-365 Nancy Ann II Capt. Harry Morris? Unknown -
- FT-366 - - Unknown -
45-8367 FT-367 Mon Petite Cheri Capt. James Nimmo Red -
- FT-368 - - Unknown -
45-8369 FT-369 - - Unknown -
45-8370 FT-370 - - Unknown -
45-8372 FT-372 - - Yellow -
45-8373 FT-373 [no name] 1Lt. Francis W. Meyer White -
- FT-374 - - Yellow -
45-8375 FT-375 Ball of Fire - Red -
- FT-378 - - Dark Blue -
44-85379 FT-379 - - Unknown

Lost -  MiG cannon fire Aug 1951 - Pilot Capt. Joe Daly

45-8380 FT-380 - - Unknown

Lost 21 Feb 52 - Crashed 5 mi SE of K-14 after requesting landing instructions - Pilot 2Lt. Richard L. Johnson

45-8381 FT-381 The Bad Penny II Maj. Ruffin W. Gray Dark Blue -
- FT-382 - - Unknown -
45-8383 FT-383 Taegu Lou - Red -
- FT-384 - - Unknown -
- FT-385 - - Unknown -
45-8386 FT-386 - - Yellow

Lost 16 Sep 50 on low-level recon mission between Chechon-Chonchon. Pilot: 1Lt. Donald J. Drama

- FT-387 - - Unknown -
- FT-389 - - Unknown -
45-8393 FT-393 - - White

Lost 1 Dec 50 - Cause and pilot unknown

- FT-390 - - Unknown -
- FT-391 Chief Big Squirt - Yellow -
45-8392 FT-392 - - Unknown

Lost - Last radio contact 20 mi S of Pyongyang.  Pilot: Capt. Benjamin N. Rader

- FT-394 - - Unknown -
- FT-398 - - Unknown -
- FT-399 - - Unknown -

 

Tail # Fuselage # Name Assigned Pilot(s) Tail Stripe Remarks
- FT-400 - - Unknown -
- FT-403 - - Dark Blue -
45-8404 FT-404 - - Dark Blue -
45-8405 FT-405 - - Unknown

Lost 11 Sep 50 on reconnaissance mission between Chockyon-dong and Sungin-myon.  Pilot: 1Lt. Marshall M. Williams, Jr.

- FT-408 - - Unknown -
45-8415 FT-415 - - Unknown -
45-8417 FT-417 [no name] 1Lt. Edwin Stoltz White -
45-8421 FT-421 Betty Fay - White -
45-8432 FT-432 - -- Unknown

Lost 10 Jun 51 on photo recce msn between Taegu and Sinmak, NK.  Pilot: 1Lt. Milton L. Wiseman

45-8433 FT-433

Lovely Louise

1Lt. Norman E. Duquette Yellow -
- FT-438 - -- Red -
45-8440 FT-440 - Capt. Joe Daly/1Lt. Roger Miller? Yellow

Lost 26 Jan 52 - Shot down by AAA over Hungnam, NK.  Pilot: 1Lt. N. E. Duquette

45-8443 FT-443 - -- Blue -
FT-444 - - Unknown -
45-8447 FT-447 - -- White

Lost 28 Feb 52 - Stalled and crashed while returning to Kimpo, ROK from combat mission.  Pilot: 1Lt. Harry S. Heinke, Jr.

- FT-454 - - Unknown -
45-8457 FT-457 - - Unknown

Lost 28 Feb 52 - Downed by AAA approximately 10 mi north of Pyongyang, NK.  Pilot: 1Lt. Paul N. Marco

- FT-459 - -- Unknown -
44-85467 FT-467 Pat & Mike II 1Lt. Neil Baird Yellow -
- FT-468 - - Unknown -
45-8475 FT-475 - - Yellow -
45-8477 FT-477 - - Red -
- FT-675? - - Unknown -
- FT-??? Dear Harriet 1Lt. James Emerson? Unknown -
- FT-??? Red-On-Th'-Head ? Unknown -
Unknown Unknown - - Unknown

Lost 3 Sep 50 - Lost to small arms fire near Yongdok.  Pilot: Unknown

Unknown Unknown - -  

Damaged beyond repair 8 Nov 51 by AAA while on low-level recon mission.  Pilot: Unknown

Tail Strip Colors:   "A typical squadron had 16 aircraft   assigned in peacetime operations & 24 in wartime - 4 to a flight;  Thus RED,  WHITE, BLUE, YELLOW,  GREEN  &  I forget  the last color.  This would enable the Maintenance Crews to recognize their airplanes at a distance when returning from a flight  so that they could meet & guide the pilot where to park, etc." -- Frank Meyer


 

RF80-C

 

Tail # Fuselage # Name Assigned Pilot(s) Tail Stripe Remarks
44-85142 FT-142  - Unknown Lost 13 Jan 53 - Engine trouble, ditched in the ocean near Cho-do, Yellow Sea. Pilot: 1Lt. Charles R. Parkerson
45-8308 FT-308  -  - Yellow Lost 23 May 53 - Operational loss. Attempted to land at Cho-do, Yellow Sea; ditched due to flame-out. Pilot: 2Lt. Marvin E. Lantz
45-8447 FT-447  -  - White

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45-8472 FT-472  -  - Unknown Lost 2 Oct 51 - Downed by MiG. 6 F-84s escorting 2 RF-80s; downed by 2 of 16 MiG-15s at Sinanju, NK at 1635L. Pilot: 2Lt. Bruce A. Sweney
  FT-802 - -- Unknown

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49-1885 FT-885 - - Unknown Lost 1 Jul 53 - Hit by intense ground fire, wing caught fire and folded over, crashed. Pilot: Capt. James H. Howell, Jr.
49-1892 FT-892 - - Unknown

Lost 15 May 53 - Disappeared into cloud cover.  Pilot: 1Lt. Melvin M. Montie

Unknown Unknown - - Unknown

Lost 21 Jan 51 - Downed by AAA in outskirts of Pyongyang.  Pilot: Capt. JB Smith

 


 

RF86-A

 

 


RF-86A (FU-196) at Kimpo, 1952

Tail # Fuselage #

Remarks

48-183

FU-183 Project Ashtray.

48-187

FU-187 Project Honeybucket/Ashtray.

48-195

FU-195 Project Ashtray. CA ANG, 1953-1958; scrapped Davis Monthan

48-196

FU-196 Project Ashtray. CA ANG, 1953-1958; scrapped Davis Monthan

48-217

FU-217 Project Honeybucket/Ashtray.  Shot down by ground fire 22 Jun 52 vicinity hydroelectric plant at Wonsan.  Pilot: Lt. Col. J. P.  Williams

48-246

FU-246 Project Ashtray.

48-257

FU-257 Project Ashtray.

 

"Two RF-86As were written off in routine flying accidents in Korea, and another example was authorized for reclamation following combat damage. The three surviving RF-86As were replaced by RF-86Fs in Korea and passed through 6400th Air Depot Wing, FEAMCOM in early 1953 for return to the US. Two of these aircraft went on to serve with 115th and 196th Fighter Bomber Squadrons (later FIS) of the California Air National Guard, the third to the 121st FBS, District of Columbia ANG...Although one of the RF-86As was subsequently lost in an accident, the remaining pair saw out their active service with the Air National Guard until retired in 1958. They were scrapped at Davis Monthan AFB." From: "The RF-86F, reached Korea in spring 1953 and flew until after the armistice in July or August 1953..."


 


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