VF-111 Fighter Squadron


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Legacy Messages - 1995-1999








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Entry: 96929
Subject: WILLIAM T. AMEN

Ryan Gilchrist wrote on December 11, 2018


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Comments: Hi guys, does anyone know of William T. Amen’s success against another MiG-15 on 10 November 1950?

Thanks in advance.

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Entry: 95791
Subject: KOREAN WAR ERA SUNDOWNERS

Diana Enxing Ellzey wrote on June 10, 2018


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Comments: My grandfather was Carl William (Bill) Enxing. He was a Sundowner during the Korean Conflict/War. He passed away this week on June 7th. I would be forever grateful if there are photos, stories, etc., out there that you could send me.

Keywords: sundowners Korean war



Entry: 82145
Subject: EJECTION SEAT

Thomas E. (T.E.) Moore wrote on February 16, 2012


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Service or Relationship: Other

Comments: In Aug.1950, Lt.Carl Dace,USN, of VF-111, in his F9F-3
Panther Jet, was hit by enemy groundfire, while
strafing a North Korean target at 400 knots, and at
2,000 feet. Lt.Dace zoomed to 6,000 feet, trading
airspeed for altitude. He turned out to sea,
jettisoned his canopy(after shoving it off it's tracks
until the wind blast carried it away) pulled the
seat's face curtain, and shot into the air, separated
from his seat, his chute opened, and he decended to a
water landing. He spent 7 hours in a cold wet raft,
until a USN destroyer picked him up, none the worse
for the experience. Lt.Carl Dace of VF-111, in this
crash, had the U.S.Navy's (FIRST) combat use of an
ejection seat.

Keywords: LT.Carl Dace-VF-111-F9F-3 Panther Jet-Korean War-



Entry: 73919
Subject: VF-111 IN THE KOREAN WAR

Warren Thompson wrote on March 14, 2010


City and State: GERMANTOWN TN

Unit: HISTORIAN

Service or Relationship: Other

Comments: I just had a book published on F4U Corsair Operations in the Korean War. Currently, I am writing a hard bound/coffee table type book entitled "U.S. Naval Aviation in the Korean War". It will contain unit histories/ personal comments from squadron members and lots of color slides / photographs of the aircraft. If anyone in VF-111 might have something that would help, please contact me.

Warren Thompson

Keywords: VF-111 in the Korean War



Entry: 47409
Subject: CHIEF DONALD MCCORMICK

Braxton Bradford wrote on December 10, 2004


City and State: TAMPA FL

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Service or Relationship: Interested Person

Comments: greetings and happy holidays. looking for photos
and info on chief aviation machinists mate donald
w mccormick. was w/vf 111 on ist kw deployment.
best, braxton

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Entry: 45864
Subject: AIRCRAFT,S PHOTOGRAPHS

Omendra Singh wrote on September 18, 2004

Email Update Needed



City and State: KANPUR UP

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Entry: 44980
Subject: SUNDOWNER

Victor Riley wrote on August 3, 2004


City and State: SPICEWOOD TX

Unit: VF-111

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Comments:

Keywords: VF 111, 1964-1966, cruised USS Kitty Hawk and USS Midway (Vietnam Cruise) as F8 Crusader pilot



Entry: 39670
Subject: 'OMAR' ???

Ron Killian wrote on January 3, 2004

Email Update Needed



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Service or Relationship: Interested Person

Comments: Meaning and Origin of "Omar"?

Keywords: Omar



Entry: 32658
Subject: EXCELLENT WEBSITE!

Warren Thompson wrote on March 10, 2003


City and State: TN

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Comments: I have been a military aviation historian /writer for the past 40 years.
If any of the ex-VF-111 types have any photos or coloor slides of the aircraft, please get in touch with me..@ migalley@bellsouth.net

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Entry: 32537
Subject: KOREA 1950 - 51 TOM AMEN

Tom Amen wrote on March 6, 2003


City and State: WALNUT CREEK CA

Unit: VF111

Service or Relationship: Family Member

Comments: Is there are VF111 site similar to the VF114 site I have used? I would love to know more about the ops in which my father participated.

Keywords: Korea 1950 - 51. My deceased (1962) father, William Thomas Amen, served as skipper of VF111 and was credited with the first MIG kill by a U. S. Navy (and probably other services as well since the Air Force has suspect claims) pilot.



Entry: 30486
Subject: VF-111 NOVEMBER 1950

Joe Brennan wrote on December 18, 2002


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Service or Relationship: Interested Person

Comments: I am trying to gather information about the air combat operations of USN squadrons in Korea. In case of VF-111 I am especially interested in encounters with MiG’s during the November 1950 strikes on the Yalu bridges. VF-111’s historic MiG kill 9 November is pretty well documented, but I am also interested in any other sightings or encounters in November 1950, by any sdn in Philippine Sea/CVG-11 at that time. Any info, first hand or not, would be helpful.

Keywords: units, aircraft



Entry: 27552
Subject: VF 111 , F9F PILOT OR MECH. 1952

Douglas G. (Doug) Froling wrote on August 12, 2002

Email Update Needed



City and State: SEATTLE WA

Unit: HU-1

Service or Relationship: Navy Veteran - Korea

Comments: I'd like to talk with any pilot, or mechanic that can tell me the real reason for the square stanchion that extruded up just in front of the pilots windscreen on a F9F. I have a long time argument going on with a fellow sailor, that needs to be settled.. He and I were both HU-1 aircrewmen that only knew enough about jets - to stay off the Phil Sea's flight deck when they landed.
Doug Froling, Seattle

Keywords: F9F Panther jet



Entry: 24553
Subject: LOOKING FOR THE BACKGROUND OF THE SUN/CREST

Jeff Jorgi wrote on April 6, 2002

Email Update Needed



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Entry: 18490
Subject: LOOKING FOR SQUARDRON PHOTOGRAHS OF VF-111 SUNDOWNERS

Bob Loomer JR. wrote on August 5, 2001

Email Update Needed



City and State: ARLINGTON TX

Unit: VF-111

Service or Relationship: Family Member

Comments: squadron pictures from 1950 to 1953 for VF-111
Sundowners serving aboard carriers U.S.S. Valley Forge and U.S.S. Boxer.

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Entry: 10782
Subject: LOOKING FOR VF-111 PERSONNEL 1963-65

Donald Harpold wrote on August 2, 2000

Email Update Needed



City and State: CARLSBAD CA

Unit: VF-111

Service or Relationship: -

Comments: VF-111

Keywords: Looking for Victor A Riley, F8 pilot VF-111
1964-6



Entry: 6366
Subject: VF-111 WEBPAGE

A. (Scotty) Mc Leish wrote on January 22, 2000


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Comments: For your info. VF-111 has a webpage....
got to:
www.tradecorridor.com/sundowners/index.html

This will jog some memories, I"m sure.

Keywords: VF-111



Entry: 5537
Subject: VF-111 HISTORY

Henk Van der Lugt wrote on December 9, 1999


City and State: HEERHUGOWAARD

Unit: VF-111 HISTORIAN

Service or Relationship: Interested Person

Comments: My name is Henk van der Lugt and I am the SunDowner Historian (VF-111) , I would like to ask
every SunDowner to e-mail me , and send me all kinds of information you have from your SunDowner period , I am thinking of sea stories , news letters , photo's and patches , it would be great if you could send me copies of Cruisebook (VF-111) pages!!
I surely hope that you can help me to preserve the memories of such a great squadron!!
Thanks in advance , Henk "Omar" !!!

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