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Entry: 89950
12TH TACTICAL RECON SQDN
HAROLD R. WICKHAM - RB-26 PILOT

F. SCOTT WICKHAM wrote on November 10, 2014


City and State: MARICOPA AZ

Unit: C/0 12TH & 16TH TACTICAL RECON SQDRN

Service or Relationship: FAMILY MEMBER

Comments: Hello All,

Do feel free to contact me. My father, Harold R. Wickham flew the RB-26 Blackbirds during the Korean war performing Classified Missions according to his log book.
He received initial training at 3555th PTW (Flying Training Wing) Perrin AFB, Dennison, TX, then went with the 16'th Tactical Reconnaissance Sqdrn, Shaw AFB, SC and then the 12'th Tactical Reconnaissance Sqdrn in YES - Kimpo Korea during the latter half of 1952
In the first part of 1953, he also was at Miho AFB Japan Miho by the Seaho he would often say. This base was maintenance base near Oshinozu, Japan.
On the night of Feb. 2, 1953 Dad flew an unarmed RB-26 over the vicinity of Munchon, N Korea and completed an extraordinary mission which earned him the Distinguished Flying Cross. The Award Stating: ***(his) coolness, devotion to duty, and courage reflects great credit on himself and the United States Air Force***.

Guys, do contact me. Glad to share whatever I can.

Scott 11/10/2014





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Entry: 89891
12TH TACTICAL RECON SQDN
PAUL T. CUFF, PHOTO OFFICER K-14

PHILIP CUFF wrote on November 1, 2014


City and State: YUMA AR

Unit: 12RH TAC

Service or Relationship: FAMILY MEMBER

Comments: Looking for former friends or acquaintences of my late father, CWO Paul T. Cuff.

Some years back, I found 3 B&W photos of him on the internet, taken at Kimpo in
1953(?), the picture titles listed him as photo officer with the 12th Tactical
Recon Sq. I'm trying to locate those photos again, or any other photos of him. He
passed away in 1992 at the age of 75. I'll respond to any emails regarding him,
the photos, or any tall tales. Thanks in advance.


Keywords: Nicknames: P.T., Petey, or Cuffy.
Europe and the South Pacific, 1942-1945
Japan, 1946-47.
Wright Patterson AFB, 1948-1950
Nellis AFB, 1951-1952
Photo officer with 12th Tac Blackbirds, Kimpo, Korea, 1953
Shaw AFB, 1954
Vincent AFB, 1955-1957
Enlisted in USAAF in 1932 in Newark, New Jersey
Retired in 1957 in Yuma, Arizona.
Born 1917, died 1992.

Sorry for the gaps, he would never talk about WWII. My mother stated he was
captured and escaped while in the South Pacific. His photo collection includes
Patton, Churchill, Stalin, Eisenhower, Hilo Hattie, and others. Also blimps over
California, Hawaii and Washington state, and numerous aircraft flown by the AAF
and USAF from 1932 to 1957.



Entry: 89559
12TH TACTICAL RECON SQDN
12TH RECONN KOREA

STEVE HASLEM wrote on August 24, 2014


City and State: SAN DIEGO CA

Unit: 12TH RECONN

Service or Relationship: AIR FORCE VETERAN

Comments: I am looking for a Blackbirds patch. I father had one on a scarf I recall seeing when I was a kid. He now has dementia and cannot remember what he did with it. It would be great to have one if anyone has one they do not want or would be willing to part with for a reasonable price. Thanks

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Entry: 88792
12TH TACTICAL RECON SQDN
CREW WHO SERVED WITH MY DAD

JIM VICKERS wrote on April 25, 2014


City and State:

Unit:

Service or Relationship: FAMILY MEMBER

Comments: Looking for persons that served in Korea with my Dad Jim Vickers. I think that he was at Kimpo AB (k-14) with the 12th Tactical Reconnaissance Squadron around 1952. He was a crew member of a RB-26C called the Skivvy Boy.

Keywords: 1952, RB-26C Skivvy Boy


Entry: 88325
12TH TACTICAL RECON SQDN

RONN SCHWENN wrote on February 14, 2014


City and State: DELAND FL

Unit: 12TH TAC RECON

Service or Relationship: AIR FORCE VETERAN

Comments: Tegu Korea K2 1951, Kimpo . Korea K14 1952-53, Douglas A26 Invaders, Maintained and installed aerial cameras.


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Entry: 86016
12TH TACTICAL RECON SQDN
1955 YEARBOOK AND T-SHIRTS

LESLEY HASKELL wrote on April 20, 2013


City and State: SPOKANE WA

Unit:

Service or Relationship: FAMILY MEMBER

Comments: I recently found a 12th Tac. Recon. Sq. yearbook from 1955 along
with 3 t-shirts that have "Blackbirds" on them that belonged to my
father, John E. Brinkley, also
known as 'Red'. If anyone wants these items, please email me and I
will gladly send them.


Keywords: 1955 Blackbirds yearbook and t-shirts


Entry: 84711
12TH TACTICAL RECON SQDN
QUESTIONING A RUSSIAN PILOT

ALAN MUSIELEWICZ wrote on November 16, 2012


City and State: ST. PAUL MN

Unit:

Service or Relationship: FAMILY MEMBER

Comments: I remember my father Frank A. Musielewicz telling me
a story about the night he was brought into question
a Russian pilot that had been shot down and captured.
My father spoke Polish and English, but the pilot
only spoke Russian and Ukrainian. They couldn't make
heads or tails of what the other one was talking
about.

He asked what should he do ? They responded go back
to bed and don't tell anyone about it for 25 years.
Sure enough it was 25 years to the day around a
campfire he told me the story.

Anyone else ever hear of this ?


Keywords: Russian Pilot


Entry: 84312
12TH TACTICAL RECON SQDN
LOOKING FOR THOSE WHO SERVED WITH MY GRANDFATHER

ERIC LANGERMEIER wrote on October 2, 2012


City and State:

Unit:

Service or Relationship: FAMILY MEMBER

Comments: looking for anyone who served with my grandfather edgar
odell estep known as ed or eddy. he is retired now and
loves to discuss his time with the blackbirds if anyone
knows him and would like to email me i would love to
get him intouch with you. thank you


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Entry: 81510
12TH TACTICAL RECON SQDN
CHARLES JEROME LINDROS JERRY

MICHAEL MCVINNEY wrote on December 27, 2011


City and State:

Unit: 12TH TACTICAL RECON

Service or Relationship: FAMILY MEMBER

Comments: Looking for anyone that may have served with Jerry Lindros.

Keywords: 1953 Korea Blackbirds, 12th Tactical Recon, Lt. Charles Jerome
Lindros Jerry



Entry: 81498
12TH TACTICAL RECON SQDN
CHARLES JEROME LINDROS JERRY

MICHAEL MCVINNEY wrote on December 27, 2011


City and State:

Unit: 12TH TACTICAL RECON

Service or Relationship: FAMILY MEMBER

Comments: Looking for anyone that may have served with Jerry Lindros.

Keywords: 1953 Korea Blackbirds, 12th Tactical Recon, Lt. Charles Jerome
Lindros Jerry



Entry: 77598
12TH TACTICAL RECON SQDN
162/12 TRS K-2 AB, KOREA. 1050/51

DON TEMPEL wrote on January 24, 2011


City and State: LAKEWOOD WA

Unit: 162/12 TRS

Service or Relationship: AIR FORCE VETERAN

Comments:

Keywords: 3 battle stars 1950/51 RB 26s.52 missions Dec 1950-Aug 1951. Call sign "Lone Wolf"


Entry: 75574
12TH TACTICAL RECON SQDN
12TH TAC

DOUGLAS CRAIG wrote on July 25, 2010

Email Update Needed

City and State:

Unit:

Service or Relationship: AIR FORCE VETERAN

Comments: I was stationed on Kempo with the 12th tac during 1953. I allowed the museum at Lackland AFB to copy the year book, which was done in 1953 and the Last Mission book, which was done by our photo lab when the war ended. Along with verious other photos lackland was susposed to make a display of this. They have a photo of me standing on top of a B-26. I hope to see what they have done in November.

Douglas H Craig


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Entry: 74183
12TH TACTICAL RECON SQDN
2ND LT. ROGER C. SPRAGUE

STEPHEN SPRAGUE wrote on April 2, 2010


City and State: LOUGHBOROUGH

Unit:

Service or Relationship: FAMILY MEMBER

Comments: heelo,
I am searching for someone who may have served with my Uncle Roger C. Sprague, Blackbirds, killed in sept on recon mission


Keywords: aircraft I believe was "Reluctant Virgin"


Entry: 71676
12TH TACTICAL RECON SQDN
12 TACT.RCN.SQ

YON SPANGENBERG JR. wrote on September 20, 2009


City and State: LIMMEN NH

Unit:

Service or Relationship: FAMILY MEMBER

Comments: My Dad served in this Squadron in I guess 1944 - '45.

Are there any Veterans of that period?

Yon Spangenberg


Keywords: Victor Spangenberg


Entry: 69759
12TH TACTICAL RECON SQDN
FOUND MORE DOCUMENTS

ALAN MUSIELEWICZ wrote on April 5, 2009


City and State: ST. PAUL MN

Unit: 12TH TACTICAL RECON SQDN

Service or Relationship: FAMILY MEMBER

Comments: (Lt. Frank A. Musielewicz's): I recently have been forced to move and I found my father's (Lt. Frank A. Musielewicz's) military box in which he kept his certificates, orders and documents from both WWII and Korea. As soon as I settle in, I will begin the scan of the letters, orders and other documents that have to do with the squadron.

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Entry: 69619
12TH TACTICAL RECON SQDN
11TH; 12TH; 6166 TH TRS REUNION 2009

ROBERT FINCH wrote on March 24, 2009


City and State: UPLAND CA

Unit: 12TH TRS

Service or Relationship: AIR FORCE VETERAN

Comments: I received a newsletter from Dr Jim Van Hare
regarding the possible reunion of the three squadrons
that arose out of the old 162nd Reconnaissance Squadron. Dr Jim wants to know how many members of
the three squadrons intend to attend the reunion in
Niagara Falls during October 2009 (or want to postpone
the reunion until 1010) Dr Jim's address is:
7545 Arborcrest Street, Portage, Michigan 49024. Drop him a line and tell him what you want to do about the reunion.


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Entry: 62526
12TH TACTICAL RECON SQDN
RB-26 RADIO OPERATOR 1951-1952

MIKE CARTER wrote on October 7, 2007

Email Update Needed

City and State: MUSKOGEE OK

Unit:

Service or Relationship: AIR FORCE VETERAN

Comments: I am looking for anyone that served with my father at Kimpo. I have the 64th Yearbook that I have reconditioned.

Keywords: Sgt Dick, Rollie or Richard Carter Radio Operator RB-26 at Kimpo AFB Korea 1951-1952


Entry: 61336
12TH TACTICAL RECON SQDN
RESERVES ARRIVED

ROBERT G. TURNEY wrote on June 19, 2007

Email Update Needed

City and State: HOUSTON TX

Unit: 12TH TAC RECON, 586 BOMB SQD

Service or Relationship: AIR FORCE VETERAN

Comments:

Keywords: I THOUGHT THE MILITARY WAS LIKE A FOOTBALL TEAM. REGULARS WHO WERE FIRST TO PLAY, RESERVES WHO TOOK OVER WHEN THEY GOT TIRED. INSTEAD, THE RESERVES TOOK THE FIELD FIRST AND NEVER GOT A BREAK IN THE ACTION.
WHILE I WAS AT KIMPO, 12/28.51 UNTIL ABOUT 6/1/52, RESERVE CREWS AT RANDOLPH AFB MUTINIED TO PROTEST THE LACK OF REGULARS GOING TO KOREA. BECAUSE OF THIS, I GOT OUT. I VOLUNTEERED TO GO TO KOREA, AFTER SERVING IN EUROPE VOLUNTARILY.



Entry: 61213
12TH TACTICAL RECON SQDN
RB-26 PROJECT HAWKEYE

DOUG GORDON wrote on June 5, 2007


City and State:

Unit:

Service or Relationship: INTERESTED PERSON

Comments: I am researching a history of the 12th TRS during the post Korean period. One of the responsibilities of the 12th TRS was monitoring of the DMZ using the RB-26. If there is anyone who was involved in this project in any way I would appreciate them getting in touch and corresponding with me.
Thanks.


Keywords: Project Hawkeye, Monitoring the DMZ


Entry: 61143
12TH TACTICAL RECON SQDN
ANYONE SERVE WITH ROBERT H. RANSLEY?

ROBERTA RANSLEY-MATTEAU wrote on May 29, 2007


City and State:

Unit:

Service or Relationship: FAMILY MEMBER

Comments:

Keywords: I am searching for information about my late father, Major Robert H. Ransley who was in the Air Force and started service on January 14th, 1951. He may have flown reconaissance during the Korean War. He later flew reconaissance in Vietnam. He was nicknamed in Vietnam "the Gray Fox". Please contact me if anyone has any information. Thanks very much. Roberta Ransley-Matteau


Entry: 61023
12TH TACTICAL RECON SQDN
FRANK A MUSIELEWICZ

ALAN MUSIELEWICZ wrote on May 18, 2007


City and State: ST. PAUL MN

Unit:

Service or Relationship: FAMILY MEMBER

Comments:

Keywords: My father served with the 12 Tac Rec Sqdron during the Korean War. I have several letters he sent home to my aunt (also deceased). I also have several pictures of him in front of the aircraft he flew in during his missions and others from the unit he never flew in. If anyone remembers Frank, please contact me.



Entry: 60476
12TH TACTICAL RECON SQDN
J.B. TAYLOR??

MARK MCMORROW wrote on March 26, 2007

Email Update Needed

City and State:

Unit:

Service or Relationship: INTERESTED PERSON

Comments: If anyone has info on JB Taylor, 12th TAC, 1954-57, please drop me a note. Thanks!!!

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Entry: 59950
12TH TACTICAL RECON SQDN
CAPT. JACK R. STARK

JOHN STARK wrote on February 7, 2007

Email Update Needed

City and State:

Unit:

Service or Relationship: FAMILY MEMBER

Comments: Looking for anyone who may have served Capt. Jack R. Stark in Korea 1952.

Keywords: 12th Recon. Sq. Korea


Entry: 59873
12TH TACTICAL RECON SQDN
12TH TRS 1946 TO 1949

DOUG GORDON SR. wrote on February 1, 2007


City and State: LANGOURLA

Unit:

Service or Relationship: INTERESTED PERSON

Comments: I'm and aviation historian and have recently published a book entitled "Tactical Reconnaissance in the Cold War" which details the history of USAF Tac Recce units from the end of WW2 the the mid 1970s.
I am currently working on a history of the early Photo Jets of the USAF including the P-80s and FP-80s which flew with the 39th/12th TRS'out of March Field in the 1940s.
Is there anyone out there who can help with memories, photos or other info. Thank you
Doug Gordon.


Keywords: P-80 and FP-80 aircraft at March Field


Entry: 59684
12TH TACTICAL RECON SQDN
MID '52 TO MID '53 / LONESOME POLECAT

JAMES KARCH wrote on January 20, 2007


City and State: WARNER ROBINS GA

Unit: 12TH TAC. RECON.

Service or Relationship: AIR FORCE VETERAN

Comments: I would like to hear from anyone who I served with at Kimpo from mid '52 to mid '53 as I recollect. I flew in the Lonesome Polecat as navigator. I have several photos I could share and would like to correspond. Thanks.
James "Jack" Karch, Lt. Col. USAF (ret.)


Keywords: "Jack" as a nickname
B-26 Lonesome Polecat



Entry: 59617
12TH TACTICAL RECON SQDN
RB26 12TH TAC RECON KIMPO 52 53

ROD CROWLEY wrote on January 16, 2007

Email Update Needed

City and State: HAUGHTON LA

Unit: 12TH TAC RECON KIMPO 52-53

Service or Relationship: AIR FORCE VETERAN

Comments: looking for any pictures of b26 that shows wing and canopy covers that shows presents of ice. I was injured after slipping and falling from a rb26 while stationed at Kimpo in 52 and53. Need info for VA claim Thank you fellow Black Birds

Keywords: aircraft with wing covers


Entry: 53204
12TH TACTICAL RECON SQDN
1951-1952

JAMES WOODWORTH wrote on September 18, 2005


City and State: WOODBURY NJ

Unit: 12TH TAC REC SQ (NP)

Service or Relationship: AIR FORCE VETERAN

Comments: Would especially like to locate Harvey J. West and
others who I served with.


Keywords: K-14


Entry: 53047
12TH TACTICAL RECON SQDN
I FOUND A RB 26C IN NEW MEXICO

ROY ALDRIDGE wrote on September 7, 2005

Email Update Needed

City and State: EL PASO TX

Unit: 67TH SUPPLY SQDN. BOMB DUMP

Service or Relationship: AIR FORCE VETERAN

Comments: Hi guys, I found a RB 26C at the War Eagles Museum in Santa Teresa, NM. They would like to restore it to the 67th Tac Recon Wg. 12th Recon Sqdn specs. We need color photographs of the aircraft, donatations and your permission to call the War Eagles Museum home for the 12th Recon Sqdn. Please contact me and the War Eagles Museum. we do not want them to restore a Black Bird to SEA markings.
War Eagles Museum www. War-Eagles-Museum.com.

Roy,
caldridge@elp.rr.com
915-581-4725


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Entry: 51380
12TH TACTICAL RECON SQDN
12TH TACTICAL RECONNAISSANCE SQUADRON REUNION

ROBERT FINCH wrote on June 6, 2005


City and State: UPLAND CA

Unit: 12

Service or Relationship: AIR FORCE VETERAN

Comments: The 12th TRS is having a reunion aboard the NCL Norwegian Dream from 22 October 2005 to 29 October
2005. The port of embarkation is Houston, Texas. Anyone interested in attending should contact Mr. Peter Metzer at 1-800-531-7245, ext 2199. This includes the 11th TRS, and the 6166th WRS.


Keywords: 12th Tactical Reconnaissance Squadron Reunion


Entry: 50163
12TH TACTICAL RECON SQDN
MSG 48938

STAN CASTLEMAN wrote on April 13, 2005

Email Update Needed

City and State: CUMBERLAND FORESIDE` ME

Unit: 12 TRS

Service or Relationship: AIR FORCE VETERAN - KOREA

Comments: Ref Msg 48938 by Robert Finch: I was a nav in 12 TRS from Nov 51 to May 52. The other squadrons were 11 TRS, flying RF-80's; and 45 TRS, flying RF-51's, not 8 TRS and 15 TRS. Further, the waist nav positions were fitted with AN/APN-9 Loran sets in the waist position, not Shoran sets. As I recall, there were two station pairs operated by the CG which provided pretty good nav info on the west coast of N.Korea, less useful in the central area, and rather weak in the northeastern area.

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Entry: 50162
12TH TACTICAL RECON SQDN
MSG 48938

STAN CASTLEMAN wrote on April 13, 2005

Email Update Needed

City and State: CUMBERLAND FORESIDE` ME

Unit: 12 TRS

Service or Relationship: AIR FORCE VETERAN - KOREA

Comments: Ref Msg 48938 by Robert Finch: I was a nav in 12 TRS from Nov 51 to May 52. The other squadrons were 11 TRS, flying RF-80's; and 45 TRS, flying RF-51's, not 8 TRS and 15 TRS. Further, the waist nav positions were fitted with AN/APN-9 Loran sets in the waist position, not Shoran sets. As I recall, there were two station pairs operated by the CG which provided pretty good nav info on the west coast of N.Korea, less useful in the central area, and rather weak in the northeastern area.

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Entry: 49803
12TH TACTICAL RECON SQDN
REUNION ?

ROBERT FINCH wrote on March 27, 2005


City and State: UPLAND CA

Unit: 12TH TACTICAL RECONNAISSANCE SQUADRON

Service or Relationship: AIR FORCE VETERAN - KOREA

Comments: Does anyone know when and where the next reunion is for the 12th TRS ???

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Entry: 49706
12TH TACTICAL RECON SQDN
CORRECTIONS TO PREVIOUS MESSAGE

ROBERT FINCH wrote on March 22, 2005


City and State: UPLAND CA

Unit:

Service or Relationship: AIR FORCE VETERAN - KOREA

Comments: In my previous meassage, I said that the 162nd Tactical Reconnaissance Squadron initially went to Miho, Japan. This was wrong. The squadron was sent to Itazuke AFB, Japan.

A very good reference regarding the operations of the 12th TRS can be found on the Air Froce Museum web site at www.wpafb.af.mil/museum/research/attack/a4/a4-13.htm, as well as http://afhra.maxwell.af.mil/wwwroot/rso/squadrons_flights-pages/0012rs.html


Keywords: 12th Tactical Reconnaissance Squadron


Entry: 48938
12TH TACTICAL RECON SQDN
12TH TACTICAL RECONNAISANCE SQUADRON

ROBERT FINCH wrote on February 15, 2005


City and State: UPLAND CA

Unit:

Service or Relationship: AIR FORCE VETERAN - KOREA

Comments: The 162nd Tactical Reconnaissance Squadron was based at Langley AFB, VA just prior to the start of the Korean War in 1950. The RB-26's were flown to Fairfield AFB, CA, then on to Hickam AFB, Wake Island, and finally to Miho Airfield, Japan. The
main body of the squadron went on TDY status by ship to Yokahoma, and subsequently to Miho. The planes started flying photo reconnaissane missions almost immediately, using photoflash bombs to illuminate the targets at night. The squadron was moved to K-2 (Tague)just before the Pusan Perimeter, when some of the men were flown to Nagoya, Japan. As soon as the Inchon Landing was completed, they were returned to K-2. The squadron was renamed as the 12th Tactical Reconnaissance Squadron, and the personnel were placed on permanent status in Korea. In September, 1951, the squadron was moved to K-14 (Kimpo), but flew night missions out of K-13 (Suwon)for about a month, due to repairs being done at night on the runways at K-14. The Squadron
patch depicts a crow holding a flashbomb in one wing, and a camera in the other. The moon and star signify that it was a night flying squadron. The lettering above the crow says 12 Tac Recon Sqdn, and the lettering below the crow says Night Photo. The cigar, the smoke, and the red hat were added by the artist who made up the original drawing (a friend of one of the photographers). The RB-26's were also used for Weather Reconnaissance (using the same squadron personnel), but designated as the 6166th Weather Reconnaissance Squardon. Most of the replacement aircraft came in from Hill AFB, out of storage at Piote Texas. All of the original 162nd TRS aircraft were modified at the same time, and were very similar in configuration, but the replacement aircraft were a hodge-podge of varing
equipment and condition. The 162nd A/C were painted solid black, except for a checkerboard pattern on the vertical tail. This was dropped shortly after arriving in Korea, and all A/C were painted solid black. The gunner position was removed, and a Shoran Beacon was installed for a second navigator. That is why the 12th TRS flew with a pilot and two navigators (except when a camera technician took the place of the rear navigator on certain special missions.) The 67th TRG was made up of three flying squaddrons, TH 8th, 12th, and 15th TRS. The 8th TRS flew RF-80's, while the 15TH TRS flew RF-51's on armed reconnaissance missions in daylight. The 12th was the only night flying squadron. After 1952, the 8th and 15th TRS converted to RF-86's. If you need any other information, leave an e-mail message. Hope this answeres some of the questions that were posted regarding the 12th TRS.


Keywords: 12th Tactical Reconnaissance Squadron, 67th Tactical Reconnaissance Group, K-2, K-14, Korea
1950-1953



Entry: 46723
12TH TACTICAL RECON SQDN

SUSAN HOOK EIDSON wrote on November 8, 2004

Email Update Needed

City and State: OKLAHOMA CITY OK

Unit:

Service or Relationship: -

Comments:

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Entry: 46722
12TH TACTICAL RECON SQDN
ROBERT E HOOK, PLEASE TALK TO ME

SUSAN HOOK EIDSON wrote on November 8, 2004

Email Update Needed

City and State: OKLAHOMA CITY OK

Unit:

Service or Relationship: FAMILY MEMBER

Comments: I SUSAN HOOK-EIDSON HAVE BEEN LIVING SINCE 1970 NOV, 23 AND ON MY BIRTH CERTIFICATE IT READS ROBERT E HOOK AND I KNOW THAT HE SERVED IN THE WAR BUT WICH ON UNKNOWN AS HE IS AND I CAN NOT GET ANY INFORMATION FROM JOANNE HEMPHILL (MAIDEN NAME) JOANNE HOOK-EIDSON SHE WAS BORN 1946 AND SHE INGAGED WITH ROBERT AND HE WENT TO WAR AND WOULD NOT COME BACK AND THAT IS ALL I KNOW AND THAT I HAD CARRIED HOOK UP UNTIL 1985 WHEN SHE HAD MY BIRTH CERTIFICATE CHANGED FROM HOOK TO EIDSON AND I DO NOT UNDERSTAND AND SHE DOES NOT TELL THE TRUTH AND I NEED TO KNOW. I HAVE BLONDE HAIR HAZEL EYES STAND ABOUT 5'09 AND WEIGHT 130. VERY OUTGOING HOLDING LOTS OF RESPECT FOR PEOPLE, I AM INTELLIGENT GRADUATE OF GERONIMO HIGH GERONIMO OK. SELF-EMPLOYED LIVING GREAT BUT I STILL HAVE NOTHING IF I CAN NOT FIGURE THIS OUT. IT I BELIEVE IT HOLDS ME FROM LIVING LIFE NOT KNOWING THE TRUTH WHO ROBERT E HOOK IS AND I HEARD HE MAY HAVE FAMILY HERE IN THE OKLAHOMA CITY AREA. AND HE MAY OF BEEN FROM INDIANA OR ILLINOISE SOMTHING LIKE THAT BUT ANY INFORMATION PLEASE CONTACT ME AT esusang1970@yahoo.com. ANY FAMILY WHO MAY KNOW WHAT I AM TRYING TO FIND OUT I WANT TO KNOW YOU PLEASE HELP ME I WANT NOTHING FROM YOU JUST HELP TO KNOW MY LIFE AND IT MAY FILL THE EMPTYNESS OF YOUR OWN AND PLEASE MAKE NO CONTACT WITH JOANNE G HEMPHILL ABOUT THIS BECAUSE I NEED TO KNOW THE TRUTH AND NONE OF THAT PLEASE DONT TELL MY DAUGHTER ???????. PLEASE NOTIFY ME.

Keywords: ROBERT E HOOK


Entry: 40448
12TH TACTICAL RECON SQDN
LOOKING TO BUY PATCH

GAIL POWERS wrote on January 31, 2004


City and State: BUFFALO NY

Unit: FAMILY MEMBER VA-45 BLACKBIRDS

Service or Relationship: -

Comments: I'm looking to buy an embroidered patch VA-45 Blackbirds. My dad's was stolen and it meant a great deal (sentimentally) to him. I'm trying to replace it. Can anyone help me locate one? Many thanks!

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Entry: 39390
12TH TACTICAL RECON SQDN
NEED INFO ON A OLD SOLIDER

HEATHER LAFERTE wrote on December 23, 2003

Email Update Needed

City and State: CLAREMONT NH

Unit:

Service or Relationship: ARMY VETERAN - KOREA

Comments: im not sure what branch he was in but i need medical info .....his (Son) has alot of medical trouble and has been in and out of the hospitals for some time now....and im not to sure where els to go for this info so if u could help me out i thank you verry much it means alot if i could find the info on my Step Grandfather robert peter duquette

Keywords: im looking for my Stepgrandfather's medical info its verry inportent...his name is Robert peter Duquette ...he died in 1956 in concord, new hampshire birthday is sept.10,1926 birth place is vermont....


Entry: 36862
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NEED INFORMATION ON KOREN WAR

JANET AVILA wrote on September 11, 2003

Email Update Needed

City and State: KLAMATH FALLS OR

Unit:

Service or Relationship: INTERESTED PERSON

Comments: WANT TO DO A REPORT ONTHIS WAR AND NEED COMMITS FROM VERS THANK YOU

JANET


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Entry: 35944
12TH TACTICAL RECON SQDN
12 R.S. RB-26 AIRCRAFT MARKINGS

STEFAN GIACHINO wrote on July 30, 2003


City and State: FAIR OAKS CA

Unit:

Service or Relationship: INTERESTED PERSON

Comments: I am an artist helping to decorate the 12R.S.'s heritage room (at Beale AFB) and am looking for information on the markings of the RB-26s that they flew. Sadly, the pictures I have found depict very little of the aircraft. Most are frontal shots of a black aircraft. Can anyone help? Any information would be greatly apreciated, and would help to preserve the history of this unit in Korea. Thanks in advance, Stefan Giachino.

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Entry: 35694
12TH TACTICAL RECON SQDN
67TH TACTICAL RECON SQUADRON

JOHN LEWIS wrote on July 22, 2003

Email Update Needed

City and State:

Unit:

Service or Relationship: INTERESTED PERSON

Comments: I'm looking for anyone who might have known 1LT John W. Miller. He flew as a nav in a RB-26C and was killed at Suwon (K-13) in October, 1951. I understand he flew with the 12th Tac Recon Squadron, 67th Tac Recon Wing. Beyond that, I know little. Would like to know more. Thanks.

Keywords: RB-26C, 12th TAC Recon Squadron, Suwon, K-13


Entry: 32542
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BLACKBIRDS PATCH

STEVE ZAHM wrote on March 6, 2003

Email Update Needed

City and State: GAITHERSBURG MD

Unit:

Service or Relationship: FAMILY MEMBER

Comments: Hi:

I recently rediscovered a patch that belonged to my father T/Sgt Theodore (Ted) A. Zahm (deceased). He served in Korea as a member of the Blackbirds but most of our family stuff has been lost over the years as he died in 1967 and my mother remarried. I am looking for unit information and any info about his service. I do have his dog tags but I do not know where they are at the moment. The patch has a blue background with a crow or raven with a red hat smoking a cigar and holding what looks like a bomb in its left hand and something that looks like a gray satchel in the other hand. There is a star and a quarter moon (man in the moon) just below and near the crows left foot. Across the top is written Alone! Unarmed! Unafraid? with Blackbirds written across the bottom. I always understood that my dad was a radar operator and after he came home served in SAC and later as an air traffic controller at Tinker AFB in Oklahoma City where he retired from active duty. He was killed in a plane crash in New Mexico in 1967. He was stationed in Japan when I was born in 1956 and I have been told that his military records were lost in a fire. Any help or info would be greatly appreciated.

Regards,

Steve Zahm


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Entry: 30956
12TH TACTICAL RECON SQDN
A26C 4435671

BEN ROBERTSON wrote on January 5, 2003

Email Update Needed

City and State: JOHNS ISLAND SC

Unit: 162 /12 TRS LANGLEY/KOREA

Service or Relationship: AIR FORCE VETERAN - KOREA

Comments: I am looking for any who worked on or flew this aircraft fron april 1950 thruu feb 1952

Keywords: rb 26 c 4435671


Entry: 29088
12TH TACTICAL RECON SQDN
12TH. TAC RECON WEB SITE

LLOYD WOOLEY wrote on October 27, 2002

Email Update Needed

City and State: LONGVIEW WA

Unit:

Service or Relationship: AIR FORCE VETERAN - KOREA

Comments: There is a web site dedicated to the history of the 67th. Wing and especially the 15th. TRS of the 67th. TRW at Kimpo, K-14. It covers the years of 1951 through 1954, with yearbook info. Some great photos to look at, contributed by former members. The 12th. TRS is covered also.

Take a look at this URL

http://www.cottonpickers.org/

Lt. Col. John Duquette(Ret), has really done a great job with his web site, for us that served there, in those units. the 8th/15th. and neighboring units of the 45th.; 12th. TRS and the 77th. Australian Squadron.


Keywords: 12th. TRS 67th. TRW. Cottonpickers, 45th.; 8th./15th. TRS


Entry: 28210
12TH TACTICAL RECON SQDN
I WOULD LIKE INFO ON REUNIONS

BRUCE GROVES wrote on September 12, 2002


City and State: SEVEN HILLS OH

Unit: 12TH TAC RECON

Service or Relationship: AIR FORCE VETERAN - KOREA

Comments: I served with the 12th TAC from May 1953 until Jan 1954, as a line mechanic on RB-26's.would like to e-mail any Airman who served at this time.

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Entry: 28124
12TH TACTICAL RECON SQDN
HAVE CUP.

JAMES TIPTON wrote on September 8, 2002

Email Update Needed

City and State:

Unit:

Service or Relationship: AIR FORCE VETERAN - KOREA

Comments: I have his cup.

Keywords: Rudy 12th,Kempo,A26


Entry: 26699
12TH TACTICAL RECON SQDN
SERVED WITH 12TH TAC REC SQ

DAVID SHIVES wrote on July 3, 2002


City and State:

Unit: 12TH TAC REC SQ

Service or Relationship: AIR FORCE VETERAN - KOREA

Comments: I have a few pictures of the RB26's. and some of
the Guy's. A few of the area, tents. I will be glad to share those with you. I would like to have a copy, or better yet a Blackbird patch, I have lost the one I had over the years.
Will be glad to correspond with who ever.


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Entry: 25319
12TH TACTICAL RECON SQDN
12TH TAC. PILOTS, CREW, MECH., PHOTOGRAPHERS

KYLE ROHMAN wrote on May 8, 2002


City and State: RANCHO CUCAMONGA CA

Unit:

Service or Relationship: FAMILY MEMBER

Comments: The Air Museum is currently looking for any information from those serving in the 12th Tac.Sqdrn. during the Koren War, who may have flown or crew'd on RB-26C 44-35323. We have found two color photos of this aircraft at Kimpo.
Neither of these photos show any names or nose-art.
This aircraft seems to be the only surviving RB-26.
Like many invaders "323" was used as a fire bomber for the majority of its life after being stricken from service in July of 1958. It was donated to the Air Museum @ 1980.
We would love to here from anyone regarding the combat history of 44-35323. The invader is "airworthy" and is currently based at The Air Museum's new satilite facility Vale'Airport Grand Canyon Ariz.
I can also be reached at the museum daily.
Please call 909 597 4754 and ask for Kyle Rohman.
Thanks to all!


Keywords: Current crewchief on the Planes of Fame Air Museum RB-26C. 44-35323


Entry: 23537
12TH TACTICAL RECON SQDN
1ST LT. ANDREW HAGER

BENTON R. MARKHAM JR. wrote on February 27, 2002


City and State: SUN CITY CA

Unit:

Service or Relationship: AIR FORCE VETERAN - KOREA

Comments: Looking for anyone who knew or flew with my uncle.
1st Lt Andrew Hager AO 2 078 217
He was navigator/photographer on B-26's Dec 31
1950 with 162nd Tac Recon which became 12th Tac
Recon. He was there until approx July 1951
Want to talkwith someoe who knew him to complete
hs history for rest of family.


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Entry: 22801
12TH TACTICAL RECON SQDN
LOOKING FOR BUDDIES

CHADWICK B. (CHAD) WERTS wrote on January 31, 2002

Email Update Needed

City and State: GENOA IL

Unit: 12TH TAC RECON SQ.

Service or Relationship: AIR FORCE VETERAN - KOREA

Comments: I was at kimpo from aug 52 to may 53

Keywords: friends john fogarty paul west and others i served in the armament section on the flight line.



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