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Entry: 89009
817TH TROOP CARRIER SQDN
WAYNE OMDAHL

MATTHEW OMDAHL wrote on May 26, 2014


City and State: WI

Unit: BLUE TAIL FLIES

Service or Relationship: FAMILY MEMBER

Comments: My Father, Wayne Omdahl, was a Flight Engineer in a C-119 during the Korean War. Dad has dementia now, but remembers his service friends quite well. My youngest brother had him personalized Blue Tail Flies shirts made a few years back. He wears them nearly daily.

If anyone remembers him, please just send a message to pass. It would make these days more pleasant.


Keywords: Blue Tail Flies
C-119



Entry: 86617
817TH TROOP CARRIER SQDN
817TH SQUADRON HAND PAINTED PLAQUES

ALEXANDRA MURRAY wrote on July 1, 2013


City and State: TANNERSVILLE NY

Unit: 817TH TROOP

Service or Relationship: FAMILY MEMBER

Comments: My grandfather flew bomber planes. He died when I
was around 5
years old in the 1970's. When my grand mother
died I came across
four of his squadron hand painted plaques. I am
interested in
finding out if anyone remembers him or served with
him. I also
am trying to find a place to donate these plaques
in his name so
that they won't ever get lost, stolen, or ruined.
I believe they
are a part of history that should be kept for
future generations.
If anyone has any info or could help me out and
point me in the
right direction it would be greatly appreciated!!


Keywords: flying jennies, the blue tail flies, sky runners,
packet rats,
817th troop, korean war, George Foster



Entry: 79680
817TH TROOP CARRIER SQDN
THANK YOU .

GEORGE BRENCKLE wrote on July 19, 2011


City and State: OSPREY FL

Unit: BLUE TAIL FLIES

Service or Relationship: AIR FORCE VETERAN

Comments: I served with Jimmy Breuton in Korea and saw his wife's message on this site. I remember serving with Jimmy in Korea and we were good friends then. He was an excellent pilot. We played many card games together between flights. This was in 1951-1952. On returning to the staes when he went into the C-130's and I did not but went into the C-119's and after Miami I left the service. I later flew with the RI National Guard.

Keywords: C-119 


Entry: 77196
817TH TROOP CARRIER SQDN
SEARCHING FOR MEMBERS OF 817TH

RICHARD FRENCH wrote on December 22, 2010


City and State: ST. CHARLES MO

Unit: 817TH

Service or Relationship: AIR FORCE VETERAN

Comments: Trying to locate Richard L Hancock and Sgt. Bergenheier. Sgt.
Bergenheier was in charge of engine conditioning in 1954 and 1955.
Please contact me with any information.

Thank you!


Keywords: 817th.
Blue tail
flies c 119
Mechanic
Crewchief
Engineer



Entry: 77192
817TH TROOP CARRIER SQDN
SEP. '53 -AUG. '55

RICHARD FRENCH wrote on December 21, 2010


City and State: WELDON SPRING HEIGHTS MO

Unit: 817 TROOP CARRIER SQUADRON

Service or Relationship: AIR FORCE VETERAN

Comments: Looking for ANYONE within this time frame!! Contact me!!

Keywords: Blue tail flys


Entry: 77191
817TH TROOP CARRIER SQDN
SEP. '53 -AUG. '55

RICHARD FRENCH wrote on December 21, 2010


City and State: WELDON SPRING HEIGHTS MO

Unit: 817 TROOP CARRIER SQUADRON

Service or Relationship: AIR FORCE VETERAN

Comments: Looking for ANYONE within this time frame!! Contact me!!

Keywords: Blue tail flys


Entry: 74772
817TH TROOP CARRIER SQDN
483RD BLUE TAIL FLIES

MICHELLE WILSON wrote on May 22, 2010


City and State: TYLER TX

Unit:

Service or Relationship: FAMILY MEMBER

Comments: Looking for info - my dad was a crew member on a C119 in this unit between 1952 and 1954. His name was Maxie Wilson. Some names i have of his friends are Billy Ray Horn, Bill Whetsel, Jim Cooper, John Summerson.

I have some great photos taken by him while in japan, korea and in french indo-china.


Keywords: Texas Belle, C119, French Indo-China, Maxie Wilson, Blue Tail Flies, 9117, 483rd


Entry: 73389
817TH TROOP CARRIER SQDN
ASHIYA AFB JAPAN

JAMES W. (JIM) WRIGHT wrote on February 1, 2010


City and State: SUNSET TX

Unit: 817 TCS 314 TCW

Service or Relationship: AIR FORCE VETERAN

Comments: I was at Sheppard AFB for c130 tng then Littlerock AFB with C119s, shipped to Ashiya to await C130s.815 TCS and 817 TCS. Raced motor cycles on run way we later shipped to NAHA. Anyone still avail who made this journey 1858 to 1962

Keywords: Ashiya crash of '59


Entry: 67490
817TH TROOP CARRIER SQDN
LOOKING FOR 817TH MEMBERS

GALEN SEAL wrote on October 13, 2008


City and State: VISTA CA

Unit: 817TH TCS

Service or Relationship: AIR FORCE VETERAN

Comments: Looking for members of the 817th for possible reunion in 2009. Please
contact me with names of anyone who was at Ashiya 1955-58. I will
share names with all respondents.


Keywords: C-119 Pilot


Entry: 65146
817TH TROOP CARRIER SQDN
817 TCS

GEORGE WRIGHT wrote on April 9, 2008


City and State: KLAMATH FALLS OR

Unit: 817 TCS

Service or Relationship: AIR FORCE VETERAN

Comments: I was with the 817 TCS from June 1958 through June 1960. Be glad to hear from anyone from those days. I have quite a few photos.

Keywords: Richard Webb, Ted Suranie, Col George Samson, Major Thomas Sobieski, Capt Vincent Guarna, Gary Rose, Capt Duane Phares, Lt Geogheon, Capt Schnaar, Mr. Ono, "Mike" houseboy...etc.


Entry: 63043
817TH TROOP CARRIER SQDN
BEAUTIFUL DREAMER AND ORIENTAL BEAUTY

REGULO VASQUEZ wrote on November 16, 2007


City and State: DALLAS TX

Unit: 817----65TH.TCS

Service or Relationship: AIR FORCE VETERAN

Comments: served in the far east in the korean airdrops of the 187th and support of the french in indo china in the early 50s.
1952 -54----went to england to crew a kc-97 to refuel
b-47s over europe.


Keywords: ashia,japan--clark,pi.-indo china-korea
jim kinzel-mansfield-multz-kempland-beasley-skosh-oliver-thomas-



Entry: 61671
817TH TROOP CARRIER SQDN
LOOKING FOR 817 SQUADRON FROM 58 TO 60

ARTHUR PAGEL wrote on July 18, 2007


City and State: SAUKVILLE WI

Unit: 817TH. SQUADRON

Service or Relationship: AIR FORCE VETERAN

Comments: WILL UPGRADE SOME OF THIS AS MY MEMORY COMES UP WITH STUFF.
I WAS AT ASHYIA FROM 58 TO 60 - CREW CHIEF ON A C-130
THE FIRST AIRMAN CREW CHIEF AND THE ONLY C-130 WITH WHITE SIDEWALLS!!
SCHOOLED AT WHITICHA FALLS TEXAS IN THE FIRST CLASS ON C-130s
I WOULD BE INTERESTED IN HEARING FROM ANYONE THAT WAS THERE AT THAT TIME
TO THE GENTLEMAN THAT RETURNED TO ASHYIA - WAS THE "ROMANCE", OR "HILLBILLY HEAVEN" STILL IN BUSINESS - I WAS 18 AT THE TIME!!


Keywords: "BIG JOHN" WRIGHT - MACON, GA
DAVE CUMMINGS - PHILADELPHIA, PA
SGT. JOHNS
HOYT BLACKMAN - ALABAMA



Entry: 59074
817TH TROOP CARRIER SQDN
COLOR SCHEME OF C-119

ROBERT SKAPIK JR. wrote on September 29, 2006


City and State: GREENWOOD IN

Unit:

Service or Relationship: INTERESTED PERSON

Comments: Hello,

My name is Robert Skapik. I am an airline for a Republic Airways in Indianapolis IN. I am doing some research on the 817TH TCS C-119 Flying Boxcar. A friend of my dad's use to fly this aircraft. He has been looking for a model of it. I found one, but it is a plastic kit that I have to build. I would like to build one of the aircraft in his unit but I am unable to find a photo of the aircraft and Google. Could someone please help me in getting a side shot of the full aircraft in that color scheme. All i know so far is that it is bare metal with a blue and white stripe tail. I would really appreciate the help. Thanxs for your time.

Sincerely,

Robert Skapik


Keywords: NA


Entry: 54898
817TH TROOP CARRIER SQDN
OPERATIONS CLERK 817 TCS 58-60

RICHARD WEBB wrote on December 30, 2005


City and State:

Unit: 817 TCS

Service or Relationship: AIR FORCE VETERAN

Comments: Was Operations Clerk May 1958 - Nov 1960. Worked with and for Col Thomas Sobieski.
Was stationed in Ashiya, Japan and Naha, Okanawa with the then Major Sobieski.


Keywords: Dick


Entry: 54127
817TH TROOP CARRIER SQDN
817TH TCS CREW MEMBERS

GALEN SEAL wrote on November 15, 2005


City and State: VISTA CA

Unit: 817TH TCS

Service or Relationship: AIR FORCE VETERAN

Comments: I was stationed at Ashiya AB from late '55 to early 57' and would like to
hear from crew members and support troops from that period. I was
crewed with Jerry Godwin, "Goose" Wetherington, John Foote, Floyd
Norris, Dan Dailey and many others. If anyone knows the whereabouts
of any of these guys, please let me know. Also, if any of the Blue Tail
Flies would be interested in a reunion in '06 here in San Diego, let me
know!


Keywords: C-119 Pilot


Entry: 53617
817TH TROOP CARRIER SQDN
DID YOU KNOW THOMAS SOBIESKI?

CATHIE SOBIESKI wrote on October 15, 2005


City and State: WHITEMARSH VA

Unit: DAD'S UNIT 817TH TROOP CARRIER SQAD

Service or Relationship: FAMILY MEMBER

Comments: Dad--Thomas Sobieski--moved our family to Ashyia Japan . There from 1958-1960 --lived just outside one of the gates with about 7 or 8 other American family's..place was called Casey Hill.

Keywords: family stationed in Ashiya Japan from 1958-1960


Entry: 48952
817TH TROOP CARRIER SQDN
LYMAN FRAIN

MATTHEW FRAIN wrote on February 15, 2005


City and State:

Unit:

Service or Relationship: FAMILY MEMBER

Comments: Looking for anyone with information about the 483rd AW role in supporting the French / CAT flights in 1953, 1954. My father, Lyman Frain, flew C-119s out of Tourane (Da Nang) during these flights. I'd love to hear from anyone with any recollections of him during those operations or at Ashiya in general. He was later test and instructor pilot at Ashiya.

Keywords: 817th TCS, Blue Tail Flies
C-119, Korea, Indochina
1950 - 1955



Entry: 43097
817TH TROOP CARRIER SQDN
CREWS, MATES, AND PLANE..NICKNAMES

JEFF BOWMAN wrote on May 16, 2004

Email Update Needed

City and State:

Unit:

Service or Relationship: FRIEND OF VETERAN

Comments: Looking for other crew members he served with and planes ( names, nicknames). If any one cross reference any info, send it my way. Trying to build a bit more history for a recently past USAF vet Maj. Richard J. Connaughton. He was the bomb/nag in ww2, korea...but not sure aboue nam.

Thank You Friends of the Flighing fortress


Keywords: Richard J. Connaughton B-17 bombarder/ Navagator.


Entry: 42768
817TH TROOP CARRIER SQDN
LOOKING FOR OLD BUDDIES

MICHAEL ROCHKIND wrote on May 2, 2004

Email Update Needed

City and State: CAMP HILL PA

Unit: 817 TROOP CARRIER SQUADRON

Service or Relationship: AIR FORCE VETERAN - KOREA

Comments:

Keywords:


Entry: 41124
817TH TROOP CARRIER SQDN
815TH TCS INFO

JEFF FLADD wrote on February 21, 2004

Email Update Needed

City and State: LOS LUNAS NM

Unit: 815TH TCS ,COMM. ASHIYA

Service or Relationship: AIR FORCE VETERAN - KOREA

Comments: saying "hello" to anyone who remembers me from 1954-1956 at ashiya....hal gelman, bob lindsley,elmer eliason, marty morganlander,or our little dog "stinkochon"...the 815 has a renion in branson in 2005 ( sam gaskill ). the 815 th C-130 group -Tachikawa, is having a renuion in Biloxi , Miss. Apri 15-18,2004...Jim Heldt ( 281-334-5120 )
other contacts: Harry Roberts (281-488-5985)and Gene Taylor no phone known...they were hosts to the houston reunion 2003.










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Keywords: flying jennies - c-119 flying boxcars- ashiya, japan, korea, okinawa,taiwan, phillipines,


Entry: 39648
817TH TROOP CARRIER SQDN
INFO ANY ON THE FLYING JENNIES 1953 1955

EARL COLLINS wrote on January 2, 2004

Email Update Needed

City and State: CORPUS CHRISTI TX

Unit: FLYING JENNIES C-119 TROOP CARRIER

Service or Relationship: AIR FORCE VETERAN - KOREA

Comments:

Keywords:


Entry: 37291
817TH TROOP CARRIER SQDN
DID YOU KNOW JIM BARNES?

JIM BARNES wrote on October 1, 2003


City and State:

Unit:

Service or Relationship: FAMILY MEMBER

Comments: Dad said he was in 772nd TCS and 817th TCS. Was based in Ashiya Japan and Korea in 1954-58

Keywords:


Entry: 36295
817TH TROOP CARRIER SQDN
PERSONNEL LOCATION

THEODORE SURANIE wrote on August 16, 2003

Email Update Needed

City and State:

Unit: 817TH TROOP CARRIER SQUADRON 58-60

Service or Relationship: -

Comments: Looking to find anyone assigned to the 817th from july 1958 to Jan 1960.

Keywords: Ted


Entry: 36033
817TH TROOP CARRIER SQDN
817TH TCS NAHA OKINAWA

DAVID DOYLE wrote on August 3, 2003

Email Update Needed

City and State: FELTON DE

Unit:

Service or Relationship: -

Comments: I was a Flight Mechanic on the C-130A herks at Naha. and looking for someone who may have been in the squadron at the same time.

Keywords: Looking for anyone who was in the 817th TCS on Okinawa 1963-1965


Entry: 32027
817TH TROOP CARRIER SQDN
LOOKING FOR 817TH MEMBERS

JIM KINZEL wrote on February 14, 2003


City and State: MILTON WV

Unit: 817TH BLUE TAIL FLIES

Service or Relationship: AIR FORCE VETERAN - KOREA

Comments: I was stationed at Ashiya as an engineer with the 817th and would be interested in contacting other members of the squadron for correspondence. Would appreciate any info about some of the following friends if possible. Dick "Willy" Houston, Dick Miller, Mike Griffen, Bruce Mansfield.

Keywords: A/C #122 "Beautiful Dreamer"


Entry: 31943
817TH TROOP CARRIER SQDN
483RD FIELD MAINTENCE ENGINE BUILD UP

THOMAS CHAMPION wrote on February 11, 2003

Email Update Needed

City and State:

Unit: 483 FLD MAINT SQ. ENGINE BUILD UP

Service or Relationship: AIR FORCE VETERAN - KOREA

Comments: WE joined the 403 TCW at Portland Oregon in March 1952 and subsequently road a bus to Seattle to board the USNS Aultman. 15 or so days later we arrived in Fuchu. We boarded the train for the overnight trip to Ashiya. I worked in ENGINE BUILD UP supporting the 6 squadrons of
C-119's and the Greek C-47's until I came home in June 1954. Many great memories such as seeing C-119's lined up all the way down the runway, and the taxiways performing their engine run-ups at the same time and then taxiing nose to tail to begin takeoff at 10 second separation. They flew out over the water, formed up and came back over the base in formation. I've been told there were 80-90 planes in the formation


Keywords: I have many pictures of the fuselage art.
Looking to hear from anyone who was there; especially in Field Maintenance



Entry: 30998
817TH TROOP CARRIER SQDN
BLUE TAIL FLIES 52-54

DOYLE (SKOSH) SUMMERFORD wrote on January 6, 2003

Email Update Needed

City and State: SMITHVILLE MS

Unit: 817TH TROOP CARRIER SQUADRON

Service or Relationship: -

Comments: I was stationed at Ashiya from May 52-Jul 54. I made TDYs several times to Korea and once to Haiphong. I would welcome contact from anyone who knew me. See the additional info for my mailing addy and phone. This isn't my email addy, but any messages will be forwarded.

Keywords: Ashiya Electrician on C-119s


Entry: 29668
817TH TROOP CARRIER SQDN
ASHIYA AIRBASE NOW

BEN BIRKBECK wrote on November 17, 2002


City and State: GRAND RAPIDS MI

Unit: 817 TCS

Service or Relationship: -

Comments:

Keywords:


Entry: 25325
817TH TROOP CARRIER SQDN
ASHIYA AIRBASE NOW

BEN BIRKBECK wrote on May 9, 2002


City and State: GRAND RAPIDS MI

Unit: 817 TCS

Service or Relationship: AIR FORCE VETERAN - KOREA

Comments: my wife and i just returned from a self guided trip to kyushu. did fine even without trying my 45 year old language "skills". speaking no english,the people in charge at ashiya a.b.let us on base and gave us a nice tour--not a lot of change actually. my old boq looks just the same!!!the base is operational with "japan self defense force".

Keywords: c-119 col.westbrook-green latrine-ongagawa


Entry: 24636
817TH TROOP CARRIER SQDN
BLUE TAIL FLIES, SKY RUNNER

KELLY GAST wrote on April 9, 2002

Email Update Needed

City and State:

Unit:

Service or Relationship: -

Comments: Looking for people who new John W. Kraushaar, or John Mueller aka Tex. I had jellybean73@symet.net but i dont use that email no more, but you can reach me at mom4tx@yahoo.com thanks, Bye

Keywords: 817 Troop carrier squad


Entry: 22061
817TH TROOP CARRIER SQDN
817TH TRP CARR SQDN, ASHIYA

NORM (PETE) PETERSON wrote on January 5, 2002

Email Update Needed

City and State: PHOENIX AZ

Unit: 817TH INSTRUMENT SHOP

Service or Relationship: -

Comments: I arrived Ashiya in January 1954 to work in the instrument shop. Went to Cat-Bi, Haiphong in April. Looking for "Dink" Pennington and "Skosh" Summerford who were with me then. On return to Ashiya I worked in one of the nose docks until my tour was up. I'm in contact with Bob Looney and Chuck Monka, both engineers. Looking for to hearing from any and all "Blue Tail Flies".

Keywords: 817, Ashiya


Entry: 21921
817TH TROOP CARRIER SQDN
65TH,817THTCS. 403TCG 483RDTCW

PHILIP K. (PHIL) KEMPLAND wrote on December 31, 2001


City and State: FLORISSANT MO

Unit: 817 TCS

Service or Relationship: AIR FORCE VETERAN - KOREA

Comments: I was at Ashiya from July 1952 Through July of 1954.

All e mails welcomed


Keywords: Ashiya AFB Japan APO 75
Instrument Specialist

Ashiya AFB Japan (J1) APO 75
From 1 July 1952 thru July 1954
65TH Troop Carrier Sqdn.
817th Troop Carrier Sqdn. 403rd TC Wing



Entry: 21420
817TH TROOP CARRIER SQDN
BLUE TAIL FLIES, 817TH TCS

JOE MANNING wrote on December 11, 2001

Email Update Needed

City and State:

Unit:

Service or Relationship: -

Comments: Would like to hear from any one in the 817th TCS, 483rd wing, who remembers me as a crew chief on the c119,during the Korean War and into the Indo-China drops. My name is Joe Manning, Fargo, ND

Keywords:


Entry: 21175
817TH TROOP CARRIER SQDN
817TH BLUE TAIL FLIES

ED CULPEPPER wrote on December 2, 2001

Deceased

City and State: CHARLOTTE NC

Unit: 817TH TROOP CARRIER SQUADRON

Service or Relationship: AIR FORCE VETERAN - KOREA

Comments: Would enjoy hearing from other 817th members. I visited with our CO, Col. Charles Westbrook in Jasper, Al a few years back. He was in poor health and I haven't heard from him since. I would also appreciate hearing from others who went to Cat Bi, Haiphong Indo China.

Keywords: Flight Engineer on Old Blue #9178. Johnny Oliver was Crew Cheif.


Entry: 19433
817TH TROOP CARRIER SQDN

KELLY GAST wrote on September 15, 2001

Email Update Needed

City and State: TX

Unit:

Service or Relationship: -

Comments: I am trying to locate a John W. Kraushaar. My father n law was in the same squad. Please if anyone knows how i can reach john w. kraushaar, that would help me out alot. Thanks, Kelly

Keywords: 817 Troop Carrier Squad Ashiya, Japan


Entry: 17288
817TH TROOP CARRIER SQDN
817TH TRP. CARR. SQ. (M)

VIRGINIA BYRON wrote on June 13, 2001

Email Update Needed

City and State:

Unit:

Service or Relationship: FAMILY MEMBER

Comments: I am looking for any information about members of the Blue Tail Flies. My father was in this unit, and I believe he was an aircraft mechanic. I have a china cup with his name on it, along with the blue-tail fly emblem on it. I do know that in 1953, he was known as Airman Second Class Francis Byron, and was from Maine. Can you help me out at all????

Keywords:


Entry: 14328
817TH TROOP CARRIER SQDN
BLUE TAIL FLY/SKY RUNNER

BEN BIRKBECK wrote on January 15, 2001


City and State: GRAND RAPIDS MI

Unit: 817TCS ,483TCW

Service or Relationship: AIR FORCE VETERAN - KOREA

Comments: any reunions ashiya troops '53-'57?

Keywords: c-119 ,ashiya machi ,col westbrook


Entry: 6818
817TH TROOP CARRIER SQDN
817 TRP CARR SQN., 483 TRP CARR WING

BOB HUETTMANN wrote on February 8, 2000


City and State: PEBBLE BEACH CA

Unit: 817 TRP CARR SQN., 483 TRP CARR WING

Service or Relationship: AIR FORCE VETERAN - KOREA

Comments: 817 TRP CARR SQN., 483 TRP CARR WING

Keywords: AF Pilot Class 52-G
In Korean Theater March '53 to May '54
817th Troop Carrier Sqn. Ashiya, Japan
Pilot C-119 aircraft



Entry: 6792
817TH TROOP CARRIER SQDN
817TH TROOP CARRIER SQUADRON

BARNES BEASLEY wrote on February 8, 2000


City and State: HUNTSVILLE AL

Unit: 37TH,65TH,AND 817TH TROOP CARRIER SQUADRON

Service or Relationship: AIR FORCE VETERAN - KOREA

Comments: Would like to hear from other members of "The Blue Tail Flies".

Keywords: "The Blue Tailed Flies" 1951-1952 Nigoya,Japan 1952-1954, Ashiya,Japan


Entry: 4955
817TH TROOP CARRIER SQDN
LOOKING FOR 817TH TCSQN. PILOTS

BOB HUETTMANN wrote on November 15, 1999


City and State: CA

Unit: 817TH TROOP CARRIER SQN.

Service or Relationship: AIR FORCE VETERAN - KOREA

Comments: Would like to hear from any other pilots who remember me. The only one I am in contact with is Louis (Blake) Senter.

Any reunions planned?


Keywords: Looking for fellow pilots from 817th Troop Carrier Sqn. Blue Tail Flies 1953 1954 C-119 Ashiya, Japan



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