The 336th Fabulous Rocketeers, 1954

THE MISSION . . . With cessation of hostilities in mid-1953, leaders of the 336th Fighter Interceptor Squadron geared the unit to a new mission : Preserver the combat-born fighting skill. Led by Lt. Col . Edward Weed, the Rocketeers were honed to a razor's edge of combat capability, ready to meet the threat of aggression at the flash of a radar blip. Engineering, Armament, Communications pulling in unison with the rest of the sqaudron's sections effected a never-sagging proficiency level.

- 4th Fighter Interceptor Wing Yearbook 1953-1954

 

 
 

 

Crew Chief Wally Yocum and "Sweet Rose"

This web page is devoted to the 'Sweet Rose' / 'Dreaded Gomboo' North American F-86F Sabre serial number 52-4539, and my fathers service to the Air Force. They were together in Korea, 1954.

The armistice for the Korean War was signed on July 27, 1953, formally ending the war in Korea. But even after the truce; "Even though the war was officially over in July 1953, occasional conflicts still arose. After the truce American pilots remained in Korea to defend the South. However they were no longer bound by any directive that told them to not cross any border; once fired upon, they could continue the chase wherever it led." - The F-86 Sabre Jet and Pilots, Turner 1997.

My father, A/2C Walter Yocum Jr. (Wally), was assigned at that time as the crew chief of the F-86F FU-539 sabre. He quickly added his sweethearts name to the nose, “Sweet Rose”. Wally started dating Rose after high school. He eventually married her the year he returned to the United States on November 5, 1955 in Pennsylvania. They had four children together: Ken, Steve, Tom and myself (Eric).

The pilot of the aircraft was 2/LT Kenneth C. Ewing. Ken had “Dreaded Gomboo” painted on by the nose on his side of the aircraft. The name signified an infectious disease. According to his son, the name was on the plane when he was assigned to it. Ken liked it, and decided to keep it.

The plane was stationed at U.S. Air base K-14 located in Kimpo (near Seoul). Wally and Ken were apart of the 4th Fighter Interceptor Wing (Far East Air Force), 336th Fighter Interceptor Squadron, known as the world famous “Rocketeers.” This web site contains various pictures of Kimpo and FU-539 from many sources.

The sabre was model F-86F-30-NA. This plane is one of 859 F-86F-30-NA's planes built. This sabre was equipped with the new 6-3 wing that allowed speeds to increase to 695 + miles per hour at low altitudes. The plane could now match the speed of the MiG and climb to altitudes of 47,000 feet. Wally claims this wing allowed tighter turns as well. This jet was also equipped with the General Electric J47-GE-27 engine that boosted thrust above 5900 pounds. Wally recalls that he would tweak on the fuel controller to make sure the Sabre achieved a high tack reading. This enabled his pilot to keep a fast plane if needed, citing that Ken needed to keep up with the squadron formation.

The plane remained in the 336th arsenal until late 1954 at Kimpo. It was dropped from inventory and transferred to the Taiwanese ROC Air Force as serial number F-86008.

 

 
Smithsonian Institution Online Virtual Archives. Collection ID: NASM.2018.0044 (Image: NASM-9A14715.JPG)
 
 

 

Ken and Wally were both apart of the "B" flight team of the Rocketeers.

There were "A", "B", "C" and "D" flight teams.

 

 

Crew Chiefs "B" Flight

Above are the crew chiefs of the "B" flight team of the 336th Rocketeers in 1954. My father is in the front row, all the way to the right. What also makes this photo special, 52-4539 is the sabre in the background.

FRONT ROW L to R: A/1C Apolino Solorzano, A/3C Warren Shoopman, M/Sgt. Thomas N. Rustin Jr., A/2C William E. Underwood, A/2C Walter E. Yocum, Jr.

REAR L to R: A/2C David Chapman, S/Sgt. Henry O. May, A/2C Thurbet Pinkham, A/2C Clifford Sturdivant, A/2C George C. Anstett, A/2C Robert N. Peterson.

(Picture from the 4th Fighter Interceptor Wing yearbook - 1954)

A/2C Wally Yocum Jr and "Sweet Rose"

September 1954

 

 
 
"Crew chiefs were the back bone of the organization. Your life was in their hands each time you flew "their" aircraft." - 1/Lt. William A. Todd
 
 

Shower for Sabre - A/1C Apolonio C. Solorzano with hose and A/2C Walter E. Yocum Jr. (Not FU-539)

The sabre in the background "Dottie" is a F-86F-30-NA s/n 52-4701 FU-701 piloted by Col Donald P. Hall.

(Picture from the 4th Fighter Interceptor Wing yearbook - 1954)

Pilots "B" Flight

Above are the crew pilots of the "B" flight team of the 336th. Ken is on the bottom row, centered.

TOP L to R: Capt J. M. Purdy, 1/Lt. Cecil E. Lefevers (FU-976), 1/Lt. Harold W. Rademacher.

MIDDLE RIGHT: 1/LT. R. R. Safford, 2/Lt. Norman F. Watson.

MIDDLE LEFT: 2/LT. Frank W. Ragland.

BOTTOM L to R: 2/LT. Mark N. Liethen, 2/Lt. Ken C. Ewing (FU-539), 2/Lt. C. W. Britton.

(Picture from the 4th Fighter Interceptor Wing yearbook - 1954)

 

 

 

The Fabulous Rocketeers Squadron Guide (1949 - 1956)

Click here or the above graphic (photo) to view Fabulous Rocketeer Squadron Guide (1949-1956). This started out to be just 1954, but collecting this information became a hobby. Included in this section are all the photos and information I can could find on the Rocketeers during the Sabre era. Anyone else who is willing to share photos of the 336th during those years, I will add them in here.

Special thanks to Bob Ewing for allowing me to borrow the 1954 yearbook. The complete "4th Fighter Interceptor Wing" yearbook (1952) and (1953) is available here. Special thanks to Lt. Col. J.R. Alley with General Dan Druen (1952 335th Chiefs pilot) for the 1952 book, and Otha H "Skeet" Vaughan Jr. for his photos and research information. Thanks to all other sources cited in the picture sections!

 
 

 

Photos of Kimpo K-14 Air Base

 

To view pictures of Kimpo (K-14) 1954 from A/2C Walter Yocum (crew chief), click the below graphics.

Click on above photos for some of my fathers photos from U.S. Air base K-14 (two volumes).

Reference guide for Wallys' pictures (PDF download): A2/C Wally Yocum Jr Photo Collection Guide 1954

My father journeyed on the USS Gen. J. C. Breckinridge on his way to Japan and Korea. He described his experiences at Kimpo as some of the most memorable experiences in his life. His sabre patrolled the skies for enemy MiG’s. Even though an armistice was signed, the unpublished skirmishes continued to happen. Wally remembers that each mission was decided early in the day based on whether the navigational landmark mountain near the base, known to all as the “Witch’s Tit”, was visible or covered in clouds. Clear days and the mission was on! Wally returned to the USA in early 1955 at the port of Seattle, Washington.

To view pictures from Kimpo (K-14) 1954 from 2/Lt. Ken Ewing (pilot), click the below graphics.

The first and second volume show in color the life of Kimpo, buildings, people and various airplanes on the runway. The third volume is misc photos of military reference he saw during that same time (unknown locations).

This fourth volume show will show the life of the people and the area surrounding Kimpo in 1954.

 

Click the above graphic or the end link to see Info / Photo collections of Kimpo Air Force Base from various sources on the web, including the above links.

 

 

Photos of F-86F-30-NA s/n 52-4539

To view pictures of F-86F-30-NA Sabre FU-539,
click the below graphic or 'Photos of FU-539' category below.

Photos of F-86F-30-NA Sabre FU-539

F-86F s/n 52-4539 joined the 4th Fighter Interceptor Wing and spent June of 1953 to late 1954 being stationed back and forth between Kimpo AB, Korea and Tsuiki AB, Japan. I believe the mid 1953 to early 1954 period as the "Slo-Mo-Shun II" nose art era. Sometime after that, the sabre jet changed its nose to the "Sweet Rose" / "Dreaded Gomboo" art with blue nose. Thats the era my father was the crew chief.

Click the picture or link to view the USAF 52-4539 record card.

USAF Aircraft Record Card

 
 

 

Smithsonian Institution

Smithsonian Online Virtual Archives NASM.2018.0043

 

336th Fighter Squadron Korea Photographs [Yocum]

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Summary

Collection ID: NASM.2018.0043

Creators: Yocum, Walter Edward "Wally", Jr., 1934-2016

Dates: 1954

Languages: English
This collection is in English.

Physical Description: 0.05 cubic feet, 1 folder

Description: National Air and Space Museum Archives

This collection consists of 64 black and white photographs relating to Walter Edward "Wally" Yocum, Jr. and his service with the 336th Fighter Squadron in South Korea in 1954.

Scope and Contents

This collection consists of 64 black and white photographs relating to Walter Edward "Wally" Yocum, Jr. and his service with the 336th Fighter Squadron in South Korea in 1954. Most of the prints measure approximately 4.5 by 3.25 inches, with a few smaller prints mixed in. The photographs show squadron personnel, scenes of life at Kimpo Air Base (K-14) and in the surrounding area, and aircraft including the North American F-86 Sabre; Douglas A-26 (B-26) Invader; Fairchild C-119 Flying Boxcar; Douglas C-124 Globemaster II; Cessna L-19A (Cessna 305A, O-1A); Douglas C-54 Skymaster; and the Douglas C-47 Skytrain. Most of the photographs have some caption information on the reverse, and additional caption information was provided by the donor.

 

 

Smithsonian Institution

Smithsonian Online Virtual Archives NASM.2018.0044

 

336th Fighter Squadron Korea Photographs [Ewing]

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Summary

Collection ID: NASM.2018.0044

Creators: Ewing, Kenneth C. "Ken", 1931-2014

Dates: 1954

Languages: Multiple languages
Text appearing in the images is largely in English, but there is some Korean as well.

Physical Description: 0.05 cubic feet, 1 folder

Description: National Air and Space Museum Archives

This collection consists of 35mm color slides relating to Kenneth C. "Ken" Ewing and his service with the 336th Fighter Squadron in South Korea in 1954.

Scope and Contents

This collection consists of 35mm color slides relating to Kenneth C. "Ken" Ewing and his service with the 336th Fighter Squadron in South Korea in 1954. There are 139 slides that show squadron personnel; life at Kimpo Air Base (K-14) and views of the facilities; scenes of the surrounding area; and aircraft including the North American F-86 Sabre; Grumman F9F-5 Panther; North American P-51D (F-51D) Mustang; and the Republic F-84G Thunderjet. There are also photographs of the USS Cape Esperance (CVE-88), and of some Far East Air Force equipment.

 

 

F-86F-30-NA s/n 52-4539 History

 

Brief History/Timeline
(Timeline of the F-86F sabre jet, not my fathers career timeline. See Wallys USAF Career/Awards for his timeline.)

52-4539 is only one of 859 F-86F-30-NA's ever produced (Those F-86F-30-NA serials ranged from 52-4305 to 52-5163).

Late 1952/1953: F-86F s/n 52-4539 rolls off the North American Aviation Inc. assembly line in Inglewood, California. The plane was available on January 30, 1953. The plane was accepted and delivered to the USAF on February 5, 1953. After it leaves the Sacramento air material area (McClellan AFB, CA), it travels to the Port of San Francisco CA in March 1953. 52-4539 departs the US from here.

April 1953: F-86F s/n 52-4539 gets delivered to the 6408th Maintenance and Supply Group (Far East Air Forces), Kisarazu AB, Japan

June 1953- October 1954: F-86F s/n 52-4539 joined the 4th Fighter Interceptor Wing and spent June of 1953 to late 1954 being stationed back and forth between Kimpo AB, Korea and Tsuiki AB, Japan. I believe the mid 1953 to early 1954 period as the "Slo-Mo-Shun II" nose art era. Sometime after that, the sabre jet changed its nose to the "Sweet Rose" / "Dreaded Gomboo" art with blue nose. Thats the era my father was the crew chief.

October 1954 - December 1954: The sabre sleeps at Komaki (Nagoya) AB, Japan until it gets dropped from inventory and transferred to the Military Assistance Plan.

Circa 1955: The sabre joins and flies with the RoCAF. The serial number gets changed to F-86008. The s/n number is shown on the vertical tail with "008" on the rear fuselage.

See the Worldwide Map/Artifact locations of 52-4539 and 89-0488 (Sweet Rose II).

Click on the map below for larger view

 

 

The "Environment" K-14 1954


 
 
 
 
 

 

 

Categories


Media related to FU-539

Art related to FU-539

Photos of FU-539

Models related to FU-539

 

Wally's USAF career/awards

Skins related to FU-539

Sweet Rose II

Wally Remembrance NASCAR

       


NASM.2018.0043

The Love Story Wally and "Sweet Rose"

Tidbits (Family/History/Aviation)

 

 

 

News / History

 

September 10, 2018

An art drawing of F-86008 (s/n 52-4539) by Rex Kuang. He has drawn many RoCAF sabres with the side profile with details. Picture was posted on the ROCAF F-86 Sabre facebook page. Many thanks to Rex for adding to his collection of art! Click on photo to enlarge.

 

   

 

May 25, 2018

Tom Masano Auto Group honored Crew Chief Walter Yocum during this years Memorial Day weekend! They added his name to six billboards across the Berks County area in Pennsylvania. Thanks Tim Yocum (Wallys brothers' son) and Tom Masano for honoring our families!

Click here or the above banner for larger photos and information.

   

 

May 5, 2018

Justin Snow finishes 5th in the debut of the "Tribute to a Hero - Wally Yocum" #0 race car! It was the "Public Safety 165 Race Presented by Whelen Engineering" at the Myrtle Beach Speedway (South Carolina). Also racing that night was Thad Moffitt, Richard Petty's grandson. Click here for photos.

   

 

May 5, 2018

I received the mail package from Smithsonain National Air and Space Museum for honoring Walter E Yocum Jr. on the NASM's Wall of Honor. They enclosed a Certificate of Registry that will represent the engraving of "Walter Wally Edward Yocum Jr".

Click here to view the certificate PDF: Wall of Honor Certificate of Registry

   

 

May 1, 2018

Tom (Wally's son) has volunteered to be crew chief for Justin Snow of the NASCAR Whelen All-American series. Tom will also sponsor Justin's ride for an upcoming NASCAR race. These are some of the behind the scenes for the "Tribute to a Hero - Wally Yocum" #0 race car.

Click here for pictures of the "Tribute to a Hero - Wally Yocum" NASCAR Whelen All-American Series race car #0

Driver: Justin Snow of Snow Racing

 

   

 

April 27, 2018

A/2C Wally Yocum and 2/Lt Ken Ewing's photo and slides have been mailed today enroute to the Smithsonian National Air and Space museum (Chantilly, VA location). This is an exciting step in preserving their histories. The families of Wally Yocum and Ken Ewing donated over 200 photos of Korea, Kimpo Air Base (K-14) and surrounding areas during 1954. These will all be scanned, marked with identification numbers, and preserved.

   

 

April 19, 2018

Wally Yocum and FU-539 go Youtube! As I gather information for the museum, I put together a small video for Youtube. Note: Works best with high resolution (HD). Link: https://youtu.be/obyuVWDlPpI You may also view the original version here: walteryocumjr_korea.mp4

Title: A/2C Wally Yocum Historical Photo Archive Korea 1954 336th Rocketeers F-86F

Photos from Walter "Wally" Yocum Jr. when he was stationed at Kimpo Air Base (K-14) in 1954. He was apart of the 336th Rocketeers, "Fourth but First". He was the crew chief for 52-4539 FU-539 F-86F sabre jet. His pilot was 2/Lt. Kenneth Ewing.

Published: Apr 19, 2018 (6 minutes, 5 seconds long)

   

 

April 18, 2018

Photos and slides from A/2C Wally Yocum and 2/Lt. Kenneth Ewing will be donated to the Smithsonian National Air and Space museum. The pictures will be scanned there, slightly adjusted, then given NASM museum numbers to be reference and found on their website. I grouped the photos of A/2C Wally Yocum's collection for reference identification for the museum. It list notes on the pictures of the pdf as I present them to museum. If you would like to use the photos, you can edit the PDF and remove the text. The PDF will allow you to export the photos in different photo formats.

Email from the Supervisory and Acquistion Archivist representative at the Smithsonian: "Thank you for resending your email informing us of the material you have relating to your father ‘s service in South Korea. You have done an excellent job with your website and your father’s photography is very interesting; we would certainly be interested in adding the images to the National Collection. "

Download link: wallyocumjr1954_korea

   

 

March 20, 2018

Rick Mackintosh created a DCS skin for 52-4539! His nice words: " I was blown away by the sheer volume and quality of the material you have payed here, and thank you for doing so! I love the history, and I decided to create a skin based on "Sweet Rose". " Rick used the actual images from the Fabulous Rocketeers Logo, Sweet Rose and Dreaded Gomboo. Rick even made Ken Ewing's personalized Rocketeer Helmet!

To download DCS skin: Warbird_336th_FU-539_Weathered.zip. He can also be contacted on the DCS User Files section "000rick000". Thanks Rick!

Screen shots of Rick's DCS skin: Rick Macintosh's DCS skin

   

 

March 19, 2018

Four days after finding the below picture from Larry's book - Karen, the son of 2/Lt. John R. Kidd of the 336th (Dec 1952 - June/July 1953 Korea period) - sent me photos of John and included a high resolution photo of FU-539. This picture appears original, not darkened or modified as the book photo. Amazing photo and find! John Kidd had this photo copied and framed on his den wall with some of his TWA career photos. He was thrilled of this photo because the sabre jets had his divsions Rocketeer insignia on it.

Click here for the 1500 size, or here for the original 6600 scanned size!

   

 

March 15, 2018

Found a book with a reference picture to 52-4539 in the 1953 era. It is in the book "The 4th Fighter Wing in the Korean War" by Larry Davis (Page 178).

Click here to view the pdf page.

Photo caption: An element of F-86Fs from the 336th Squadron over North Korea in early summer 1953. The element was the basic combat formation of the UN fighter forces. (John Africa).

   

 

March 6, 2018

Last July, Jon Pritchard made an excellent F-86 skin of FU-539 for DCS digital combat. He enhanced and minor corrected the plane over a more updated back drop for scenery. He really matched the plane up to what it would of been like to see it in the skies in 1954. Thanks Jon!

Click on the photo above or here to view pictures (to download). Click here for the RoCAF F-86008 pictures (to download).

   

 

February 13, 2018

José Pires, the photographer of the original images of FU-539 for AirFix magazine, recently shared his amazing photos from that photo shoot. Below is a link for the photos I reduced, slightly modified for webpage viewing. He did an excellent shoot of doing pretty much a walk-around of the of the sabre jet.

Click on the photo above or here to view pictures. José still has the model in his possesion at this time.

   

 

February 2, 2018

Color photo's of FU-539 have been added to the website, and a color photo of my father. Many thanks to Bob Ewing who allowed me to view and scan in pilot Ken Ewing's slides. Pictures of his slides will be through out this website. It gives a more in depth view of what the pilot and crew chief saw during their stay in Korea. Photos are shown under the K-14 photos section and the 1954 Rocketeers Squadron Guide.

   

 

January 5, 2018

On the facebook RoCAF Sabres page, there was a book posted by a user with an article story devoted to a sabre jet squadron (5th Fighter Group). On the one page, it had a photo (#7) that shows the pilots posing for a picture in front of 52-4539. This is during the 1955 timeframe. Just the year before, 52-4539 was the back drop to the crew chiefs of the USAF Fabulous Rocketeers.

Click here to see the 52-4539 sabre jet and the 1955 RoCAF group pilots (Also on my RoCAF webpage): 52-4539 and the RoCAF Pilots Group Photo

Additional information on the 5th Fighter Group: F-86008 / RoCAF Sabres Webpage

   

 

December 18, 2017

Thanks to Bob Ewing, I got to see and scan in the Fouth Fighter Interceptor Wing yearbook for 1954. It had photos of Ken Ewing and photos of my father. It also allowed me to know the pilot class and crew chiefs for that year. I will try to piece together the 336th pilots with their sabres for that timeframe on my 336th Rocketeers Guide webpage. Shortcut link: The 1954 USAF 336th Fabulous Rocketeers Squadron Guide

Click here to see 52-4539 sabre jet and the 1954 USAF "B" Flight crew chiefs photo: 52-4539 and the 1954 "B" Flight Crew Chiefs

   

 

December 6, 2017

We received the Republic of Korea Service Medal for our father. Click on the picture for larger photos of the medal and letter we received with that medal. Back of medal reads (vertical): "June 25, 1950, Engaged in Action of War, Medal"; (circular fashion at bottom of medal) "South Korea"

   

 

November 16, 2017

After the 24539 sabre's service in the USAF, it was then transferred to the RoCAF (Republic of China Air Force). After searching much time looking for it, a breakthrough happened. I received an email from David, the son of Gen. Frederick Wu-O Chiao. Frederick was the Commander of 5th FG 1954-1955 - the very first FG equipped with F-86's in the RoCAF. He was stationed at Taoyuan AFB at that time. In his photo collection, was this gem! It was exciting to see this picture! Thank you David. F-86008 / RoCAF Sabres Webpage

Click on photo to view larger, and also some other photos from Taoyuan at that time.

 

   

 

October 5, 2017

Paper work was sent out for our father to receive the Republic of Korea Service Medal.

Its background: "The medal was originally offered by the ROK in 1951 to United Nations forces serving in Korea and adjacent waters. At the time U.S. law prohibited the U.S. military from wearing medals issued by foreign governments. Congress changed that in 1954, but by then most U.S. service members eligible for the medal had returned home.

In 1998 the Republic of Korea renewed its original offer of the ROKWSM and on Aug. 20, 1999, the Defense Department approved the acceptance and wear of the medal.

Approximately 1.8 million U.S. veterans of the Korean War are eligible to receive it."

- Kentucky Department of Veterans Affairs

If you feel anyone you know is eligible, follow this link to the ROK Service medal form: Click here

   


September 7, 2017

An excellent color photo of Tech Sgt Albert Raymond next to Slo-Mo-Shun II. This was the nose art on the sabre before "Sweet Rose". Albert Raymond was an Air Force radar and radio technician. Thanks much for his son to share this photo! Cockpit area notes C/c Dick Burns and ARM Donald Girven. They were the crew before my father maintained it.

Click on photo to view larger.

 

   


July 26, 2017

Jon Pritchard made an excellent F86 skin for FU-539 sabre. Excellent recreation that looks very realistic!
   


March 2017

Airfix Model World wrote an article about José Pires's FU-539 model build. The added many detailed photos of the effort that was put into building it. Click the magazine cover or link below to view. There is also another article afterwards that has Sabre related information.
   

March 2017

José Pires took wonderful photos of the model FU-539, built from Eduards model kit. Below is a link of some pictures of the finished product, and well as a link to his message board. A detailed article was published on the March issue of Airfix Model World.
   

 

January 3, 2017

Javier Bordon paints a beautiful picture of FU-539! "The painting it was done with Sakura japanese watercolors and condor natural hair brushes over Pentel graphit leads lines on 0.5 mechanical pencil. the paper support is some similar to Fabriano A4 but do not remind the mark in this moment. in the final render I applied some photoshop adjusts and retouchings using as fountain the same colors of the original painting but refocused anhancing contrast of areas, the original painting looks similar to the eye but due scaner tends to wash the color the photoshop adjust was unavoidable to keep the piece more similar to how it looks at the direct eye watching" - Javier Bordon

Artwork and history of Javier's work

 

   

December 2, 2016

An excellent skin produced by zsoltquack on the MilViz (Military Visualiztions).

"Our motto is, and has always been, quality or why bother" - MilViz

Skin download: ZSB_MV_336th FIS_Sweet_Rose.zip

   

 

July 15, 2016

'President Memorial Certificate' from President Obama. It reads:

 

The United States of America
honors the memory of

Walter E Yocum, Jr.

This certificate is awarded by a grateful nation in recognition of devoted and selfless consecration to the service of our country in the Armed Forces of the United States.

   

March 9, 2016

Tidbits of the private funeral for our family's hero at the Delaware Veterans Memorial Cemetery, Bear, Delaware.


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Pictures from March 9th

   

February 29, 2016

In memory of the crew chief of Dreaded Gomboo / Sweet Rose.

Walter "Wally" Yocum Jr.

(1934 - 2016)

National Defense Service Medal
United Nations Service Medal
Korean Service Medal
Good Conduct Medal
Republic of Korea Service Medal


   

 

February 25, 2016

An incredible recreation of FU-539 from Torsten Schumacher in Germany. Many thanks to him and his time crafting such a remarkable piece! Click on the photo below to view pictures of his model recreation. Photos of Torsten's Incredible work

Click here for: Torsten's text message and my fathers hospital story

   

 

December 2015

Eduard model company added an article on FU-539 and a brief history with story account from my father. Click the magazine cover or link below to read. The full magazine can be found on Eduard's website: www.eduard.com
   

 

December 2015

In late September, I received an email from the Eduard model company. They were interested in making a decal variation for their 'Ultimate Sabre' F-86F 1/48 scale model kit. You may now purchase it on their website (model kit #1163). Click the picture or this link to view their instruction sheet, photos, decal sheet of their promotional model.

 

   

 

November 1, 2015

My father was an honored guest before the start of the NASCAR race in Martinsville, Virginia. He spent time with Richard Petty and the Major General Garrett Harencak of the USAF (Assistant Chief of Staff for Strategic Deterrence and Nuclear Integration). My father got to show a picture that he carries in his wallet and talk about stories of the'Sweet Rose' F-86F sabre. More photos are under the Tidbits (Family/History/Aviation) catagory.

Collage photo: click here

   

 

September 2015

I recieved an email from an individual asking about the history of this plane. It was a nice surprise. He found a picture of a painting of FU-539 before my father and Ken Ewing took control. This was the 1953-1954 possible era of the plane. If everyone has any leads to this actual painting, please email me on the link on the bottom of the page. It appears to be painted by Eugene A. Beinert. Thanks!

Larger view of painting

 

   

 

June 2015

An actual replica of FU-539, made out of wood in 1955! It has been preserved, in mint condition. Pilot Ken Ewing gave this to his brother, and he held it since. My father saw this model in Virginia, June of 2015. Click the below graphic to see a larger view and more information around the wood model.

   


Spring 2015

'President Memorial Certificate' from President Obama. It reads:

 

The United States of America
honors the memory of

Kenneth Curtiss Ewing

This certificate is awarded by a grateful nation in recognition of devoted and selfless consecration to the service of our country in the Armed Forces of the United States.

   

 

November 28, 2014

In memory of the pilot of Dreaded Gomboo / Sweet Rose.

Ken Ewing

(1931 - 2014)

   

 

September 2014

Wally Yocum was honored by the 336th at Seymour Johnson AFB in North Carolina in 2014, decaling an F-15E Eagle with his name on the cockpit “Cc Wally Yocum” and “Sweet Rose” on the nose. I will refer this plane as Sweet Rose (II) on this website. Click the photo collage to see larger photos.

Click on photo to view pictures of F-15E Eagle 89-0488

Sweet Rose (II)

   

 

Spring 2014

A brick dedicated to Walter Yocum Jr at the Dover Air Force Muesum in Dover, Delaware. This was a present from his children during Christmas 2013. Dover Air Force base only places them during Memorial Day each year in their Commemoration Park. This brick noted in a flyer on DAFB museum website: Hanger Digest July 2014 (page 3).

WALTER YOCUM JR
KOREAN WAR
F-86 CREW CHIEF
"SWEET ROSE"
DAFB 436TH FMS
38 YEARS

Certificate

   

 

April 7, 2014

In memory of

Rose Ann Yocum

(1934 - 2014)

   

 

Circa 2006

The National Air and Space Museum's Wall of Honor memorial at the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly, Virginia. Ken Ewings name is engraved as Kenneth Ewing, located in Foil 008, Panel 002, Column 004, Line 037.

   

August 15, 2006

The website devoted to 'Sweet Rose' was created! I originally designed this website to find any other photos of the 'Sweet Rose' sabre. I even hoped to find one in color. It was a goal, a passion. My family hasn't had much luck, but the visits to the webpage and popularity will possibly give us a greater chance.

   

 

52-4539 References/Sources

 

Online Websites:

FU-539 on Wikipedia

FU-539 on Wikipedia Commons

FU-539 on Wikipedia Republished

FU-539 on Forgotten Jets website

FU-539 on Aviation Enthusiast Corner website

FU-539 on Joe Baugher's Home Page

FU-539 on The Modelling News (build from Cutting Mat Capers)

FU-539 on Model Web (New Zealand)

FU-539 on Super-Hobby

FU-539 on War Thunder

Model kit reviews on youtube:

Eduard review by Viktor Mullin

Eduard review by Fine Scale Modeler

Eduard review by Flory models

FU-539 on pinterest :

FU-539 (Fabulous Rocketeers 336th F86-F Sabre Korea)

F-86008 (RoCAF Sabre)

FU-539 on DeviantArt:

Javier Bordon

Sweet Rose Website QR Code

 
 

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

Airfix Model World

(March 2017 issue)

Info Eduard

(December 2015 issue)

MiG Alley: Sabres Vs. MiGs Over Korea

(2002) Warren E Thompson, David R. McLaren

MiG Alley pages with sabres in Korea

4th Fighter Interceptor Wing

(1953-1954 Yearbook) 336th section

 
 

 

 

The 4th Fighter Wing: In the Korean War

(2001) Larry Davis

Unknown Book

RoCAF

 

 

 

 

 
 

 

F-86 Sabre Historical Web Ring Guide
Click the photo below to visit that web region


Sabre Pilots Association

Duncan's Sabre Website

Every Man A Tiger

S/N 52-4539 Website


Sabre Website Links


User Submitted Area

 

 

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