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Entry Name Date of Last Message
DALE LAWSON April 28, 2018
BOB HUCK March 31, 2018
TOM GRIER February 21, 2018
JIM DUGGER February 6, 2018
KENNETH BROECKER January 30, 2018
RONALD SARSICK September 12, 2017
RICHARD WAY September 5, 2017
JAMES SHAW July 15, 2017
BOBBY GARLINGTON June 20, 2017
BOBBY GARLINGTON June 20, 2017
GIL BURKE May 29, 2017
JOHN HAMBRIGHT April 7, 2017
C .R. LAYTON February 21, 2017
CHARLES CHICK MALCHESKI January 24, 2017
DONALD FERGUSON January 15, 2017
DAN WHITMIRE December 17, 2016
HANK OTTEN October 15, 2016
CHARLES DESJARDIN August 16, 2016
JOHN E. ESAN ANTONIO HAMBRIGHT August 15, 2016
RAYMOND WOZNIAK April 6, 2016
FRANK TABLAS March 9, 2016
RONALD BLOCK October 20, 2015
VERNON MIRACLE October 17, 2015
JOHN HOOKER September 30, 2015
JOHN HOOKER September 29, 2015
JOE ZACK September 28, 2015
ROGER AZZARELLO August 24, 2015
TOM SOUTHARD August 18, 2015
DAVE (BUCK) DREVER August 16, 2015
LEONEL LEAL August 15, 2015
ROBERT DEEMS July 4, 2015
BRUCE HEGWER June 15, 2015
RAY WORMELL June 11, 2015
LESTER PRICE June 2, 2015
CHARLES SYLVAIN May 31, 2015
JAMES MADDEN May 26, 2015
ROBERT MAJESKI March 25, 2015
LARRY WASHBURN February 18, 2015
CONRAD LAYTON February 12, 2015
SEAN O'SULLIVAN January 11, 2015
MICHEAL ASTON December 24, 2014
JOE ROACH November 11, 2014
LUIS MORALES September 26, 2014
MICHAEL MADISON June 13, 2014
JOHN BREWSTER June 12, 2014
JAMES LEE February 2, 2014
JOHN P LUTZ November 27, 2013
JOHN P LUTZ November 27, 2013
WILLIAM SMITH November 20, 2013
ROBERT BEALS November 1, 2013
RONALD SARSICK October 30, 2013
EDDIE JONES October 27, 2013
ARTHUR HENRY August 28, 2013
GIL BURKE July 14, 2013
JOHN WILLIAMSON May 27, 2013
KENNETH IRVIN January 29, 2013
HOWARD KEA November 20, 2012
JOE B. SEBASTIAN October 21, 2012
ROBERT CULBERTSON October 10, 2012
DOMINIC GRAZIOLI March 6, 2012
JAMES GILLILAND May 17, 2011
KURT SCZEPANSKI November 1, 2008

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DALE LAWSON wrote on April 28, 2018

WARRENSBURG MO


Comments:

I worked engine shop from 1968-1970. Later served in 610 MASS 1972-79. Later
served 316 TAG 1982-89. 25 year party




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BOB HUCK wrote on March 31, 2018

Indianapolis Indiana


Comments:

&&From The MATS Flyer Oct/Nov 1953
GOOD SHOW

Black smoke started pouring out of the No. 2 engine as the
56th Weather Reconnaissance Squadron
WB-29 finished a normal takeoff from Yokota. Just before
reaching 3,000 feet, the left scanner sounded the alarm.
Power was reduced to cruising, 2,000 r.p.m., 3l m.p.
(manifold pressure) and the weather plane leveled off at
3,000 feet. Capt. Fred W. Newcomb, the aircraft commander,
noted roughness in the No. 2 engine as black smoke
continued to pour from it. He ordered the manifold pressure
on that engine reduced to 20", observing that the roughness
continued, accompanied by fuel flow and tachometer
fluctuation. The nose oil pressure instrument showed 38
p.s.i., rear oil pressure 30 p.s.i. Captain Newcomb
feathered the No. 2 prop at 07:45 a.m., 15 minutes after
takeoff. Power was increased to 2,300 r.p.m. and 30"
m.p. on engines No. 1, No. 3, and No. 4. Tokyo Control
was called, informed of the difficulty and clearance
requested for return to Yokota via Yokota GCA. Tokyo
Control, in turn told Captain Newcomb that the weather at
Yokota was 200 feet scattered with 4 miles visibility and
then directed Captain Newcomb to hold north of Tokyo Armed
Forces Radio Station (AFRS). The commander was advised that
the approach would be reverse PPI (Plan Position Indicator)
and that the Yokota GCA unit was set up on the downwind
runway and could not give the pilot a precision approach on
the instrument runway.
As the hapless WB-29 nosed into the AFRS holding pattern,
flight engineer M/ Sgt. Morris J. Saltikoff was
still performing his engine-out check-out list. Now the
scanner saw a new danger; smoke began to billow from No.
3. Roughness developed accompanied by fuel flow and
tachometer fluctuation. Rear oil pressure dropped to 20
p.s.i., oil temperature increased to 80° centigrade with
the oil cooler door fully opened. The manifold pressure on
No. 3 was reduced to 20 but roughness increased.
Now Captain Newcomb was faced with a highly serious
situation. He knew that continued operation might
result in uncontrollable roughness and the fire hazard
would be intensified. He could feather No. 3 prop but that
would result in the loss of all vacuum pressure for the
badly needed flight instruments. Vacuum pressure could be
maintained by allowing the prop to windmill but this would
have created excessive drag making it difficult to maintain
altitude inasmuch as the aircraft weight was about 116,000
pounds. He also knew that the aircrafts vacuum
instruments couldnt be counted on for more than a few
minutes without vacuum pressure. Then he decided; and that
strategy was Captain Newcombs Good Show decision. He
calmly reasoned that continuing the flight on two engines
was the least hazardous and meant
playing percentages to the hilt. He glanced at his watch.
It was 07:49 am. Four action-packed minutes had
passed since the first engine had been feathered. He
ordered No. 3 prop feathered. It spouted flame but the fire
immediately died and power on the remaining two engines was
increased to 2,600 r.p.m. and 38" m.p. to maintain 180
m.p.h. and altitude.
Seconds raced by as the commander reported the engine loss
to Tokyo Radar and declared an emergency. Tokyo then
cleared the WB-29 to Yokota GCA which made the pickup
immediately (* see note below). GCA directed Captain
Newcomb to turn to a heading of 290° and to begin descent
to 2,000 feet for a base leg to the south runway at
Yokota. This was in direct contradiction to the advice by
Tokyo Radar that landing would be reverse PPI. The
planned landing would be a precision run on a downwind
runway.
Existing weather at Yokota, GCA advised, remained the same
as at take-off time ----200 feet scattered with 4 miles
visibility. GCA then advised Captain Newcomb to complete
the before landing checklist except for
gear and flaps instructing him that they would give him a
10 second before glide path warning for completing these
preparations. Due to the loss of both sources of vacuum
pressure, the copilots gyro
flight instruments had tumbled while the aircraft was on
the base leg. The pilots instruments, also vacuum, tumbled
while the aircraft was on the final approach. Slight breaks
in the haze and clouds, just then beginning to appear,
permitted Captain Newcomb to maintain control of the WB-29.
At this time the pilot attempted to contact the GCA final
controller to inform him that the aircraft flight
instruments were inoperative; this may or may not have
blocked out the gear down warning, but the pilot did not
receive this instruction. The glide path was entered with
gear and flaps up and the aircraft commander was instructed
to begin the descent at the rate of 650 feet per minute.
The gear was immediately lowered and the flaps started
down. The aircraft was 150 feet high on the glide path
with the airspeed still about 180 m. p. h. when the gear
was finally extended and the flaps were set to about 20
degrees. At 1,200 feet altitude, visual contact with the
ground was made. Realizing that he was high and fast,
Captain Newcomb ordered power reduced to a minimum,
continued flaps down to the full 45 degrees. The approach
continued in this manner until touchdown.
The aircraft touched the runway 4,000 feet past the
approach end with another 4,000 feet of runway and 1,000
feet of overrun. The pilot knowing that braking action was
poor because of the wet runway deliberately dragged the
tail skid before lowering the nose wheel. Straight down
the center of the runway for another 1,000 feet the
aircraft continued and then began angling to the right;
left brake was applied and the aircraft responded by
straightening out. Left brake was released and the
aircraft again angled to the right; the left brake was
again applied but was ineffective.
Captain Newcomer, realizing that the aircraft was about to
leave the right side of the runway, applied emergency
brakes but with no apparent effect. The No. 4 throttle was
advanced to full power. Still the aircraft continued
rolling off the right side of the runway. Switches were cut
and the plane finally stopped after traveling another 2,500
feet in the mud. Sum total: one safe landing (sigh), one
undamaged WB-29.

============================================================
Note: * I was the Yokota GCA controller who picked up the
WB-29 from Tokyo Control. Captain Newcomb immediately
advised me that his flight instruments were becoming
inoperative due to loss of vacuum from the inboard
engines. I gave him a timed westward turn so that I could
judge his capability to control the aircraft enough to line
up with the south runway. Actually, our GCA unit was on
the wrong hardstand that morning. Normally, we would have
taken an hour or two to move the unit to set up for a
precision approach on the opposite runway, but for some
reason, we could not get the GCA Unit tow truck started
that dreary morning, so we were left to do a precision
approach on the downwind south runway. Despite the heavy
clouds and haze, the surface wind speed was about 20 mph
from the north. No wonder, the aircraft was coming in
hot, 150 feet above glide path high and 180 mph! & but I
had the aircraft well lined up with the south runway when I
passed the aircraft over to Peter Workman, the GCA final
controller at the 10-mile point for the final approach.
In the excitement, he delayed advising the Captain to lower
the landing gear at about the 5 mile point. Maybe he
waited too long! In the meantime, I went to the
observation window with my binoculars. When I observed the
aircraft intermittently through the clouds/haze, I saw that
the landing gear was not extended! I yelled to the
controller (he had headphones on!) and tapped him soundly
on the shoulder Gear Down to tell the pilot to
immediately lower the landing gear. To this day, I can
still see the aircraft approaching the runway boundary
fence with the gear only partially down and then see the
aircraft pass us near the 4000-foot point before touching
down and still moving at fairly high speed. I remember
seeing the guys scramble out of the plane when it finally
stopped rolling &. in the mud at the south end!

September 1953 1954-1 Det. AACS




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TOM GRIER wrote on February 21, 2018

Cape coral Florida


Comments:

I was with 56th recon from June 1968-June 1970. I was an aerial Weather
Observer - dropsonde operator on the 135's. Great airplanes. I flew French
tests out of Lima Peru, regular Robin Alfa/Robin Charlie flights, satellite
snatch mission out of Hawaii, Apollo 13 flights out of Pago Pago. Got very
radioactive from a Chinese test - totally exposed my film badge.
I also stayed in 333. Lots of stories. Too much to drink. Broken nose
playing football behind the barracks. Bike wrecks. Bar row runs. Abe's
downtown restaurant (56 wrs) restaurant.
Now retired in Florida. All good.




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JIM DUGGER wrote on February 6, 2018

gillette wy


Comments:

Came to 56th from Okinawa an Nam duties in 1971 a bunch of
us was sent there from Oki i worked the 135"s an sometime on
the RB57's. Stayed in the barracks i called POW camp!!
Ha!ha! Got to know Bobby Potter before he left found he was
a Wv boy told him i was to lived in Nitro Wv. Bobby loved to
fight Ha!ha!. Got to know Chris Andrews an others. Enjoyed
my time i got jerk out in Mar.of 72 then sent to MCGUIRE AFB
NJ i wanted to puke after living 2yrs in the countries an
not being told what to do all i wanted was to get out an my
wish came true i got a early out went home to Colorado an
sat up in the mtn,s having fun.




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KENNETH BROECKER wrote on January 30, 2018

North Tonawanda NY


Comments:

Worked flight line launch,remember bob kolbe Mike s"pack rat,




Entry: 7313 56TH WRS YOKOTA AB JAPAN

RONALD SARSICK wrote on September 12, 2017

Ballston Spa NY


Comments:

was radio operator in the 56th 1956-57




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RICHARD WAY wrote on September 5, 2017

LAS VEGAS NEVADA


Comments:

Stationed at Yakota AB Japan from 1963
to 1965 in 56 WRS
INSTRUMENT SHOP. Remember Bob Darling,
Dale Angivine & Gene
Piecia, Many fun TDY's to Clark AB
Philippines.




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JAMES SHAW wrote on July 15, 2017

Hamlet North Carolina


Comments:

I was a gunner on the B66.




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BOBBY GARLINGTON wrote on June 20, 2017

Wichita falls Texas


Comments:

Served 1969 and 1970.




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BOBBY GARLINGTON wrote on June 20, 2017

Wichita falls Texas


Comments:

Served 1969 and 1970.




Entry: 7247 56TH WRS YOKOTA AB JAPAN

GIL BURKE wrote on May 29, 2017

Ventura Calif


Comments:

Does anyone here remember the Marine chopper that crashed
upon landing?I was in headsets doing a launch of a 135 when
the pilot said "the chopper is coming in wrongit was around
christmas as the Marines on board were going shopping at our BX




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JOHN HAMBRIGHT wrote on April 7, 2017

San Antonio Texas (TX)


Comments:

Was the pesonnel sergeant major




Entry: 7155 56TH WRS YOKOTA AB JAPAN

C .R. LAYTON wrote on February 21, 2017

Tulsa OK


Comments:

Hello 56th guys and Gals. I host a reunion every year in
Branson, Mo. for the Weather guys. This June we will be
holding our 17th straight reunion It is called the 55th &
58th WRS Reunion for the simple reason that those two
squadrons are the ones I served proudly in. I have invited
the airmen and officers of all our weather sqds. to
participate if you choose to. We would love to have you June
7-10, 2017 Contact me at conradlay@aol.com




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CHARLES CHICK MALCHESKI wrote on January 24, 2017

Chicago Illinois


Comments:

Looking for anyone who knew of Chick (Charles) Malcheski, my father. Just
found a hometown newspaper article announcing in 1954 he won a
squadron golf tournament while stationed at a weather recon base in
Japan. Or anyone who remembers the golfing? Were there other stations in
Japan in 1954?




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DONALD FERGUSON wrote on January 15, 2017

Warsaw Missouri


Comments:

Was at Yakota from Feb. 60 to June 61. Worked in the post
flight dock as an A and E. Lived in barracks 333 and last
room was in the old day room. Remember the loss of one of
our birds with 13 men on board. I think it was in the
spring of 61. Only one I can remember on that flight was a
young colored boy named Youngblood. He had only been in the
outfit a month or so. Would like to find Joe Files, Bob
Roberts, Niels Noble, Earl Sears or any of the other guys I
rode with in the A-1 Riders MC club. Looked the base up on
internet and only thing looking familiar was the PE hanger
and the post flight dock.




Entry: 7105 56TH WRS YOKOTA AB JAPAN

DAN WHITMIRE wrote on December 17, 2016

Venus PA


Comments:

Hello.....looking for anyone who may have served with my
Father Francis Whitmire from 1952-57. Francis went to
Effingham, IL for basic then was stationed in Japan. Francis
flew weather recon and was chief mechanic....Thanks, Dan
livewire83@msn.com




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HANK OTTEN wrote on October 15, 2016

Denton NY


Comments:

Stationed at Yokota from 2/52 to 6/54. Worked as radar tech on WB29,
mainly #831. Lots of memories, but I guess not many comrades left to
share them with.




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CHARLES DESJARDIN wrote on August 16, 2016

Little Rock AR


Comments:

Was attached to the 556 recon sq from 1968 to 1971.. Went
Tdy to Cam Rhan Bay and Osan Korea




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JOHN E. ESAN ANTONIO HAMBRIGHT wrote on August 15, 2016

San antonio Tx


Comments:

I served in the 56th as personnel ncoic
from 1954 til 1956.




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RAYMOND WOZNIAK wrote on April 6, 2016

Hatfield Ma


Comments:

I was stationed at Yokota AFB in 1971. One TDY to Pago
Pago Samoa with are WB-135's and RB-57 Bombers. Flying into
radioactive clouds above the island of Atoll.




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FRANK TABLAS wrote on March 9, 2016

ELLENTON FLORIDA


Comments:

Are there any navigators around that were stationed at Yokota
from1959 thru early 1961. I should include anyone that
rotated up from Guam when they disbanded the 54th WRS.
Former TYPHOON CHASER. ft




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RONALD BLOCK wrote on October 20, 2015

north manchester Indiana


Comments:

I was stationed at Misawa AFB, Japan from 61 to 63 and I
worked on the last WB-50 from Yokota AFB 56th Weather
Recon Squadron. It was headed back to the states to be
decomissioned and put in an Air Museum. It overnighted at
our base because of a typhoon. I'm trying to locate where
it ended up. Help anybody. Hi Vernon, be sure and e-mail
me
Ron




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VERNON MIRACLE wrote on October 17, 2015

Sharps Chapel Tennessee


Comments:

I was stationed at Yokota 1961-1963 in the electronics shop.
I am interested in talking to any one who worked on the decontamination of
the B57 when the needed such. Where are you all?




Entry: 6872 56TH WRS YOKOTA AB JAPAN

JOHN HOOKER wrote on September 30, 2015

Lexington South Carolina


Comments:

Correction on dates for service at Yokota in the 56th WRS as
flight line mechanic, served 56th WRS from 1967 to 1970.




Entry: 6871 56TH WRS YOKOTA AB JAPAN

JOHN HOOKER wrote on September 29, 2015

Lexington South Carolina


Comments:

I was stationed at Yokota AB from 1966 to 1970. Worked the
phase dock performing maintenance on the KC-135 and the RB-
57-F aircraft. Was later assigned to the flight line on the
RB-57-F aircraft. Performed maintenance on
13300,13301,13302,13501 and 13502. After which I was assigned
as Crew Chief on aircraft 13300, a position I held till my
departure in 1970. My living quarters were in barracks 333
where I served as Barracks Chief as well. Had the opportunity
to go TDY to Singapore with two RB-57 aircraft. Also went
TDY for one day to the Philippines on a KC-135. Weekends were
cool as well as I had the opportunity to fly with the KC-135
pilots when they had to get flight time logged.




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JOE ZACK wrote on September 28, 2015

Atwater Ca


Comments:

56 WRS Electric Shop Jan. 62 to Jan 68. Best assignment
ever. All those name that 'AZZ' posted plus Jim Kain, John
Kier, Shorty Ellison, John Hancock. TDY to American Samoa
for French nuclear tests.




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ROGER AZZARELLO wrote on August 24, 2015

The Villages Florida


Comments:

Worked as a/c electrician 1963/1964.
Names remember :Sgt. Sharpe. Sgt. Collape
Sgt. Colby, Airman Riley Martin, Bobby
Blancett. Ricky Moore, Joe Zack, Roger
Harty. John Pitts. Remford, Sgt Ballus,
Roger Madison, Dennis Potchatit, Tom
Lombardo, Gene Hampton, Sgt Bishop, John
Lutz, Jerry Parnell, Hank Hendrickson
Roccie Stewart,Dale Angivine, Kaiser and
Gene Piecia and Richard Way.




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TOM SOUTHARD wrote on August 18, 2015

Churchville Va


Comments:

I was in the 56th WRS in 68 and 69. Crew Chief on WC135 668




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DAVE (BUCK) DREVER wrote on August 16, 2015

JEFFERSON MAINE


Comments:

56thWRS- 57 to 59. Engine mechanic postflght #1 BKS 333
Reassigned to the 53rd WRS. Milldenhall RAF BASE UK. 59 to 60
Deactivated and assigned to 1100 FMS. Bolling AFB, DC., trans.
to Anderson AFB.
Re-uped USMC. Served in Nam. Chopper mech., crew chief, door
gunner.
Still maintain communication with my 56th buddies Tex Hinson
and Mike Sweeney.




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LEONEL LEAL wrote on August 15, 2015

Pico Rivera CA


Comments:

Was with the 56th at the same time as Red Madden. In fact we were almost
joined at the hip, we got to Yokota together, were sent to Vietnam together to
serve at Danang, Red and I were expelled from Danang and got reassigned
to Tan Son Nhut to finish our 12 months of duty. When we DEROSed we
were discharged on the same day. Thanks to the powers to be we're still in
contact. We make such a great pair that the devil doesn't want to see us
yet. I was a flight line mechanic.




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ROBERT DEEMS wrote on July 4, 2015

Conklin Michigan


Comments:

Was in 56th weather 1958and1959 engine mechanic on WB50
bomber member of Yokota AFB Aero club got pilots license
May 1959 lived in Barracks 333




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BRUCE HEGWER wrote on June 15, 2015

Albuquerque NM


Comments:

My father, Frank A. Hegwer, was stationed at Yokota with
the 56th WRS from 1958 to 1962. He was a meteorologist and
flew 50 or 51 missions in a WB-50. I would be interested
in making contact with anyone who may have known him then.
Thanks!
Bruce Hegwer




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RAY WORMELL wrote on June 11, 2015

Longmont Colorado


Comments:

Was in the 56thWRS 1957 till 1959 B-50 PM mechanic.
Loved the B-50 and the duty. Tetty Bentley is coming by today
as we were there at the same time. Should be a great
conversation. Looking forward to hearing from anyone from tha
time.




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LESTER PRICE wrote on June 2, 2015

Granbury Texas


Comments:

I received this as a Senior Controller in the base command
post 1968 during it. t Offe




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CHARLES SYLVAIN wrote on May 31, 2015

Newington CT


Comments:

I was stationed at Yokota AFB, 1969-1971, as a jet engine
tech for WC-135B's & RB-57F's. Pulled TDY missions in Pago
Pago, American Samoa, & Alaska. Great duty!




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JAMES MADDEN wrote on May 26, 2015

Denham Springs Louisiana


Comments:

I was stationed with 56th WRS 04/1969 to 04/1971. First
working on the WC-135s and later in Phase Docks working on
both the WC-135s and RB-57Fs. Spent a few hours running bar
row also. Great place!




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ROBERT MAJESKI wrote on March 25, 2015

Omaha Ne


Comments:

was a member of the 56th WRS from 1962-1965. Was on C-130 62-
3495.




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LARRY WASHBURN wrote on February 18, 2015

Herndon Virginia


Comments:

I was stationed in 56 WRS Doppler shop from May 1970 - till
deactivation then switched to 610 MASS in 72 till 77. Yup
did 7 years and loved every minute and every girl I ever met
in good ol Nippon. I had a 56 wrs web site at UMUC for
about 11 years and it had over 10,000 hits. Takes time to
keep it up, and that I didn't have. Finally the college
saw that I was no longer a student so down came the web site.
Lived in Barracks 333 for 1st year and then moved downtown
into various shack jobs and finally my own place till yen
appreciate beyond my reach, then moved into 214 on base.
We team with 610 MASS reunions cause we so few, BUT we
are the wild ones at the reunion.




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CONRAD LAYTON wrote on February 12, 2015

Tulsa OK.


Comments:

Hello 56th guys. I enjoy reading all your comments. I was a
Yokota a few times while I served in the 58th at Eielson
AFB, Alaska during and after the Korean War. I was also in
the 55th at McClellan AFB CA. Our group holds a reunion in
Branson, MO every year in June. We have guys from every one
of the weather sqds. We have a great time, If your are
interested in being on our roster just get in touch with
me. Best regards and live long.




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SEAN O'SULLIVAN wrote on January 11, 2015

West Boylston Massachusetts


Comments:

Draftsman
Yokota Ait Force Base 1959~1962




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MICHEAL ASTON wrote on December 24, 2014

Conway NC


Comments:

I was in the jet engine shop 1965 to 1969. Got a lot of great memories.




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JOE ROACH wrote on November 11, 2014

Crestview FL


Comments:

I was in the FMS machine shop at Yokota from Jamuary 1969 to mid 1972.
The RB-57 was one of the neatest planes I worked on. Remember the WB-
135 that crash landed. We made a lot of tapered shims for that aircraft.





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LUIS MORALES wrote on September 26, 2014

Orlando Florida


Comments:

I was with the 56th Engine shop from 1968 to 1970 when I
got out. Remembering the Japanese Tower incident during
Dale Lawson's going away party. Going up to Knob Hill to
drink. Also remember the dirty dozen (crazy bunch of guys
like Ogre, Indian) I wonder how many are still with us. I
maintain contact via email with a few. nice going down
memory lane so many years after all this happened.




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MICHAEL MADISON wrote on June 13, 2014

bennington vt


Comments:

iwas with the 56th wea recon from 1960 62 as a dropsonde
opr.also ground wea sta from 58 to 60 transfered to 53rd
wea at mcCellan till disbaned in 1963. any other wea guys
out there?




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JOHN BREWSTER wrote on June 12, 2014

Mesa Arizona


Comments:

Looking to reconnect with friends. I was stationed with 56th. WRS from
1967 to 1970. Lived in barracks 333




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JAMES LEE wrote on February 2, 2014

Milford Ohio


Comments:

I was an aircraft electrician at Yokota AB from Jan. 1967-
Jan.1969. I'd like to contact Hudson L Williams, or Thomas
R. Brooks III. I see Bob Beals is the only one I know from
those years.




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JOHN P LUTZ wrote on November 27, 2013

Marlboro NY 12542


Comments:

Misspelled Ernies last name. It is Pagragan. Sorry Packrat!
JP




Entry: 6459 56TH WRS YOKOTA AB JAPAN

JOHN P LUTZ wrote on November 27, 2013

Marlboro NY 12542


Comments:

I served in the 56th WRS from May 1963 till May 1965. I was a
recip engine mechanic (43251)in Post Flight and later Engine
Conditioning. I lived in 333 in the end room on the right by
the door to the Airmens Club (oh yes). Enjoyed the TDY to
Clark in the PI in May 1964 and a 6 mo TDY to Hunter AFB GA.
from July to Dec the same year. I still have copies of my
orders with the names other 56ers who were there at that time
if anyone is searching for some one. I hung out with Eddie
Kisor, Ernie Pagragon(Packrat), and Dale Angevine. I'm back in
touch with Ernie and Eddie since Ernie found me in 2000.




Entry: 6450 56TH WRS YOKOTA AB JAPAN

WILLIAM SMITH wrote on November 20, 2013

Winnsboro SC


Comments:

I was with the 56th 1958, 59 and part of 60. I have been looking for Dean
F. Farmer, Jr or Budd W. Steers?




Entry: 6434 56TH WRS YOKOTA AB JAPAN

ROBERT BEALS wrote on November 1, 2013

West Brigdewater Ma


Comments:

Iwas in 56wrs from 1967-1069. I was a jet engine mech.




Entry: 6429 56TH WRS YOKOTA AB JAPAN

RONALD SARSICK wrote on October 30, 2013

Ballston Spa New York


Comments:

I was with the 56th weather recon from all of 1956 through
Nov 1957.was airbourn radio on WB-29 and WB-50.looking
for anyone,was there durning that time.




Entry: 6427 56TH WRS YOKOTA AB JAPAN

EDDIE JONES wrote on October 27, 2013

Upper Marlboro Maryland


Comments:

I was a crew member/mechanic on the WB50 at Yokota AFB Japan 1962--
1966. Will alway remember the typhoons chase.




Entry: 6399 56TH WRS YOKOTA AB JAPAN

ARTHUR HENRY wrote on August 28, 2013

Kenly North Carolina


Comments:

My father Msgt Arthur Henry was with the 56th WRS at Yakota AB Japan from
approximately 1961-1965 and was a flight engineer on the WB-50's. Was the FE
on the WB-50 49-310 that came in on two engines on April 30, 1965. He was
also with the 343rd Bomb Sq 98th Bomb Wg (ICHI-BAN) around Aug 1952.
Would love to hear from anyone that knew him and especially those that flew
with him.
I am doing some research and could use some guidance.

For all of you "Thank You For YOUR Service!!, from the Buzzards baby.




Entry: 6370 56TH WRS YOKOTA AB JAPAN

GIL BURKE wrote on July 14, 2013

vENTURA cALIF


Comments:

i WAS WITH THE 56TH oms WORKING FLIGHT LINE On the WB135
and occaisionly working on the WB57s.I live with all the
other Ogers at bks 333 unles we were running the Hawn!after
th 56th disbanded I went across base to 610 MAss working on
the 145 and ocasional c5A.I saw pictures on the 56th
website and saw a lot of guys I knew! Zepka, Frank
Bustamonte MIke Alquist etc!LOve this site will post photos!

After I left Yokota I went to Beale afb with SAC working on
b52G models and rotating tto Hill every two weeks on TDY
SAC alert









Entry: 6318 56TH WRS YOKOTA AB JAPAN

JOHN WILLIAMSON wrote on May 27, 2013

Sunland California


Comments:

I was in Bks 333 from 1960 to 1963 where is everybody and
Picts. Gene Hampton, Okie Gib, Mendie Mendenhall, Castro,
Whidmar,Hendrickson? jwillia100@aol.com




Entry: 6271 56TH WRS YOKOTA AB JAPAN

KENNETH IRVIN wrote on January 29, 2013

Catonsville Maryland


Comments:

I was in the Figthin40th figther group in 1957 till it
broke up if any one was there at that time love to hear
fromyou i was a 42350 electrican A/2




Entry: 6224 56TH WRS YOKOTA AB JAPAN

HOWARD KEA wrote on November 20, 2012

Shady Side Maryland


Comments:

My Dad was stationed at Yokota AFB 1960-1963. I lived on
base with my sister and Mom. Dad (Capt. Andrew M. Kea) was
a fighter pilot with the 90th Fighter/Bomber Squadron flying
B-57 Canberra's over Vietnam.




Entry: 6209 56TH WRS YOKOTA AB JAPAN

JOE B. SEBASTIAN wrote on October 21, 2012

Vista CA


Comments:

My father was stationed at Yokota AFB 1961 - 1963. I
graduated from Johnson High School and had our all-classes
reunion in Florida 2012.

Dad, CMS Joe B. Sebastian worked for the 56th WRS Aircraft
Maintenance.




Entry: 6203 56TH WRS YOKOTA AB JAPAN

ROBERT CULBERTSON wrote on October 10, 2012

Kingsport Tennessee


Comments:

I was stationed witht the 56th Weather Recon Squadron,
Yokota AFB, Japan in 1953-1954. I am hoping to locate the
flight engineers I worked with during that time. I
remember Heldebrandt, Saltikoft, Frank Bonnett, Eddie Foy,
Frechette. Captain Vogel was the pilot that I recall, as
well. This was my very first assignment as a flight
engineer, the youngest in our section. I would appreciate
it very much to locate and contact any of these engineers,
or anyone that was stationed there at the same time.




Entry: 6052 56TH WRS YOKOTA AB JAPAN

DOMINIC GRAZIOLI wrote on March 6, 2012

SURFSIDE BEACH SC


Comments:

I WAS ASSIGNED 56TH 54 TO 56 WORKED ON ACFT 831 PLAYED
BASKETBALL WORKED PART TIME AT CLUB ZANZIBAR. LIVED IN BKS
333.LEFT THERE WENT TO EGLIN DISCHARGED AUG 56. RE UPPED
DEC 56 FINALLY RET IN 82.




Entry: 4774 56TH WRS YOKOTA AB JAPAN

JAMES GILLILAND wrote on May 17, 2011


Comments:

was in 56wrs from aug.1961 to aug. 1963. worked in the 'electronic/radio shop' lived in bks 333. rank a2c. nickname 'gil'




Entry: 4456 56TH WRS YOKOTA AB JAPAN

KURT SCZEPANSKI wrote on November 1, 2008


Comments:

i am looking airman clair demler of the 6023rd radar
calber unit st at yakota air base in 1954-55-56.





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