Udorn RTAFB, Thailand

Aircraft and Assorted Photos

Page Updated 5/13/2013

 

 

This page dedicated to our AFTN (Armed Forces Thailand Network) Brothers who died on April 10, 1970 when a battle damaged RF-4C crashed into the AFTN Station at Udorn AB, Thailand after a mission in Laos...

 

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Photos courtesy of L/Col Sam D. Newman

F-4D Pilot / 13 TFS

 VFW Memorial Post 10249 Udorn, Thailand created 1972, in Memory of our Fallen Comrades at the AFTN Radio Station...Post is currently very active and has a membership of around 267, with many now still living at Udorn...

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"IN MEMORY OF"

TSGT Jack A. Hawley
Wakeman, Ohio




SSGT James T. Howard
Denver, Colorado

AIC Andrew C. McCartney
Lakewood, Ohio

SSGT Alfred N. Potter
Forest Grove, Oregon

SGT John C. Rose
Bloomfield, NJ

TSGT Frank D. Ryan Jr.
Mercer Island, Washington

SSGT Edward Wm. Strain
Myrtle Beach, SC

TSGT Roy Walker
Albequerque, NM

AIC Thomas L. Waterman
Roanoke, VA


Please visit the Udorn, Thailand VFW Memorial Post from the link below

 

MEMBER VFW MEMORIAL POST 10249 UDORN,THAILAND

 

"PACIFIC AREAS"

 
















This page is dedicated to all the crew chiefs, technicians, ground support, and aircrew members that ever had the distinct pleasure of maintaining and flying the "Fabulous Phantom".

Many long hours of toil and hard sweat in the Thailand sun, and heat went in to keeping one of these babies operational ready for the next mission. But to all of us who were crew chiefs on these mighty warriors it was indeed gratifying... A sense of pride went in to our work, and a feeling of accomplishment as our aircraft left the revetment for it's mission. With a "thumbs up" and a "smart salute" we knew that we had done our jobs...

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Some of the guys of 432 OMS Blue Section

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MY PHANTOM 8737... RTB AND A POSTFLIGHT...

 

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I hope these photo's will bring back some memories for all you that served in SEA...Most of us were young men between the ages of 18-22, in a land that we had only seen and heard of in the "news media". Little did we realize that sooner or later we would be caught up in this war which was spreading throughout South East Asia, far away from our loved one's and friends. I can remember many a lonely night out on the ramp working the dog shift, when my thoughts would be of home, and my car, and a nice cool place to sleep in. We learned real fast how much we had back home, and all the things we had taken for granted...

More importantly though, we knew that our country needed us, and we answered the call when it came. Most of us did our time there, and returned home to our families. But there were some who didn't....

I can only pray that our country will not forget the one's lost, and the Brothers unaccounted for, with family members still searching of their fate. Let us never forget the price of war, and these men and women who made the supreme sacrifice, so that our country could remain free.

So I ask, as you visit these pages to keep in mind the price which was paid in order for us to enjoy the freedom we have today....GOD BLESS AMERICA

 

                                                           

 

                          

     These are just a few of the photo's I took while at Udorn in 1973-74. I have many more which are on slides but still have to convert them to prints...I hope that these bring back some memories for you..... 

 

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My Bird 65-0747

Camera Bombs

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My Best Buddy

13 TFS Aircrew

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More Aircrew

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T-28

13TFS F-4D

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Returning to Base

 

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Refueling

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Refueling

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432 OMS Crew Chiefs

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432OMS

F-4 Landing

Hello Udorn!

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Hydraulic Repair

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Yours Truly

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F-4 Radar System

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Radar / Comm Squadron

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Radar / Comm Squadron

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One of my Birds

 

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RF-4C

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Engine Inspection Me Again...

 

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Drag Chute Install

 

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J-79 Engine

 

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432 OMS

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F-4 Front Seat

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Front Seat

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Rear Seat (GIB)

        

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Remember this??? After a long hard week on the flight line, it was good to go out for a few beers and whatever...Here's a shot I took one night after coming back from the NCO Club. Me and a couple of other running buddies were in the barracks shooting the breeze about 0100 in the morning when all of a sudden we heard this "kerplunk" outside...This is what we found, so I ran got my camera and took this shot....Well hell, at least he found the right barracks, ching ching? Hehehehe....

Ahhh, the memories!!

 

"L/COL SAM NEWMAN-13TFS "PANTHER PACK"

    Photo's Donated By Sam Newman L/Col USAF retired

 

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    13 TFS "PANTHER PACK"

 

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Colonel Sam Newman 13 TFS

        

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       13 TFS MASCOT-"ELDRIDGE" THE BLACK PANTHER

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         "CHRISTMAS BOMB LOAD 1970"

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        AC-119 WITH PART OF THE WING SHOT OFF,  LANDED SAFELY,  AND AN f-4D, AND AN RF-4C ON RECCE ESCORT,  REFUELING OVER NORTH VIETNAM...

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Above:  col. sam newman briefing gen. jack ryan at udorn in 1970, on the introduction of the cbu-38...

PHOTO DONATED BY RUSS LEE

MUNITIONS MAINTENANCE /  UDORN AB, THAILAND

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