"Fabulous Rocketeers" Historical/Reference Guide

 
This website lists 336th Rocketeer information from 1949 - 1956
 

 

Fabulous Rocketeers Squadron 1956

 

336th Squadron of the 4th Fighter Interceptor Wing

Squadron Commander:

August 1956 Lt Major Richard J. Condrick

 

 

 

Fabulous Rocketeers Squadron Group Photo 1956

(Sabre Jet Classics Volume 23 Number 2 (Summer 2016))

 

 

Fabulous Rocketeers Squadron 1955

 

336th Squadron of the 4th Fighter Interceptor Wing

Squadron Commander:

January 1, 1955 to August 1956 Major Bruce W. Carr

 

 

 

Fabulous Rocketeers Photo/Historical Collection 1955/1956/1957

Click on the above photo or here to view various photos of the 336th Squadron of the 4th Fighter Interceptor Wing of 1955/1956.

Special thanks to Lt. Bob Seal for his many photos in this section.

 

 

 

Fabulous Rocketeers Squadron 1954

336th Squadron of the 4th Fighter Interceptor Wing

Squadron Commander:

July 1953 - June 1954 Lt. Col. Edward Weed

July 1, 1954 - October 1954 Lt. Col. Donald H. Ross

October 23, 1954 to December 23, 1954 Major Leo D. Sill

December 23, 1954 to end of December Captain Harry E. Krig

January 1, 1955 to August 1956 Major Bruce W. Carr

 

 

 

Fabulous Rocketeers Squadron Group Photo 1954

 

 

336th Squadron of the 4th Fighter Interceptor Wing 1954

Click on the above photo or here to view the complete 336th Squadron of the 4th Fighter Interceptor Wing team of 1954.

Click here to view the complete 336th Squadron of the 4th Fighter Interceptor Wing team of 1952.

Click here to view the complete 336th Squadron of the 4th Fighter Interceptor Wing team of 1953.

 

 

 

4th Fighter Interceptor Wing Yearbook
 
   

 

Click here or on the above photo to view to complete 4th Fighter Interceptor Wing staff. Note: File size is near 218 MB.

4th Fighter Interceptor Wing Yearbook

1952

"Fourth but First"

 

Click here or on the above photo to view to complete 4th Fighter Interceptor Wing staff. Note: File size is near 150 MB.

4th Fighter Interceptor Wing Yearbook

1954

"Fourth but First"

Note: Two yearbooks were reviewed - both did not include the "A" flight team for the 335th Chiefs.They either had a different set-up, or that squadron was accidently omitted by the printing company.

 

   
   

 

Click here or on the above photo to view to complete 4th Fighter Interceptor Wing staff. Note: File size is near 166 MB.

4th Fighter Interceptor Wing Yearbook

1953

"Fourth but First"

 

 

The scanned collection of the:

4th Fighter Interceptor Wing Yearbook

1952, 1953 and 1954

 
 

 

Fabulous Rocketeers Photo/Historical Collection 1954

Click on the above photo or here to view various photos of the 336th Squadron of the 4th Fighter Interceptor Wing of 1954.

 

 

 

Pilot Class of 1954 (Click on pilot names for more info)
Note: Not all pilots may be listed. I only listed the ones I know of through book resourses. Some pilots flew coming into this year, and some after for a time after this year.
Some pictures may overlap in the photos section.

Names of pilots and photo(s) of their sabres - Anyone with more information for the below, please email me at eric@yocumusa.com Thanks!

Headquarters Flight

Capt. J.W. Roberts

FU-968 (s/n 51-12968)

"Death Dodger"

“A” Flight
“B” Flight

Capt. Charles E. Daly

FU-577 (s/n 52-4577)

"Little Bathy"

 Capt. J. M. Purdy

1/Lt. Cecil E. Lefevers

FU-976 (s/n 51-12976)

"Speedy Cec" / "Dude"

2/Lt. William J. Starr

FU-637 (s/n 52-4637)

"Red Bug II"

2/Lt. Ken C. Ewing

FU-539 (s/n 52-4539)

"Dreaded Gomboo" / "Sweet Rose"

“C” Flight
“D” Flight

2/Lt. Rodger D. Rhodes

FU-774 (s/n 52-4774)

"Bonnie II"

2/Lt. David M. Price

FU-780 (s/n 52-4780)

"Mona B"

2/Lt. Joseph J. Pizzicaroli

FU-954 (s/n 51-12954)

"Big Mike"

Attached Pilots
   

Col. Donald P. Hall

FU-701 (s/n 52-4701)

"Dottie"

Lt. Col. Donald H. Ross

"Ruthie"

   
Other Pilots (1954)
Mark Halphide
Capt. Van Fleet
Jim Chapman
Pat Barry
Bill Price
Ray Berg
Seth Tracy
Charlie Martin
 

 

Don't known which above pilots flew these below sabres (1954)
FU-543 (s/n 52-4532)
FU-591 (s/n 52-4591)
FU-546 (s/n 52-4546)

FU-943

 

FU-992 (s/n 52-4992)
FU-769 (s/n 52-4769)
FU-856 (s/n 51-2856)

Lt. Woody Hall still in 1954?

FU-590 (s/n 52-4590)

FU-939 (s/n 51-2939)

"Charlotte Anne"

 

 

Fabulous Rocketeers Squadron 1953

336th Squadron of the 4th Fighter Interceptor Wing

Squadron Commander:

August 1, 1952 - July 1953 Major Louis Green

July 1953 - June 1954 Lt. Col. Edward Weed

 

 

 

336th Squadron of the 4th Fighter Interceptor Wing 1953

Click on the above photo or here to view the complete 336th Squadron of the 4th Fighter Interceptor Wing team of 1953.

Click here to view the complete 336th Squadron of the 4th Fighter Interceptor Wing team of 1954.

Click here to view the complete 336th Squadron of the 4th Fighter Interceptor Wing team of 1952.

 

 

 

Fabulous Rocketeers Photo/Historical Collection 1953

Click on the above photo or here to view various photos of the 336th Squadron of the 4th Fighter Interceptor Wing of circa 1953.

 

 

 

Pilot Class of 1953 (Click on pilot names for more info)
Note: Not all pilots may be listed. I only listed the ones I know of through book resourses. Some pilots flew coming into this year, and some after for a time after this year.
Some pictures may overlap in the photos section.

Names of pilots and photo(s) of their sabres - Anyone with more information for the below, please email me at eric@yocumusa.com Thanks!

“Able” Flight
“Baker” Flight

 Capt. George Love

FU-939 (s/n 51-12939)

"Silent George"

Lt. James Thompson

"Stardust"

1/Lt Ed A. Smith

"My Betty"

1/Lt. Cecil E. Lefevers

FU-976 (s/n 51-12976)

"Speedy Cec" / "Dude"

 Lt. Forest Dupree

FU-791 (s/n 51-2791)

"Dupe's Delight" / "Old Buddy"?

Flt. Off. Colin Devine

Lt. Samuel Jackson

FU-645 (s/n 50-645)

 

Lt. Joseph C. Romack

FU-834 (s/n 51-2834)

"Patricia II" and "Joanne"

“Charlie” Flight
“Dog” Flight

Lt. Kenneth Polenske

FU-863 (s/n 52-2863)

Lt. Charles McGinnis

FU-834 (s/n 51-2834)

"Uncle Dominick II"

Lt. Walter Fellman Jr.

"Bloody Mary"

2/Lt. Frank D. Frazier

FU-607 (s/n 50-607)

 
   
   
 

Capt. Peter J. Frederick

FU-857 (s/n 52-2857)

"Glory" - Us

“Easy” Flight
Attached Pilots

Capt. Dean Pogreba

Maj. Thomas M. Sellers

FU-973 (s/n 51-12973)

Lt. James Howerton

FU-780 (s/n 52-4780)

"Mona B"

   
Other Pilots (1953)

Capt. Robert A. Windoffer

FU-676 (s/n 50-676)

"Miss Claire"

Lt. Ron Miller

FU-553 (s/n 52-4553)

"Tootsie II"

Maj. Louis A. Green

FU-863 (s/n 52-2863)

Lt. Col. Jack R. Best

Sqd. Ldr. Graham S. Hulse

FU-879 (s/n 52-2879)

(RAF)

2/Lt. Bill J. Stauffer

FU-796 (s/n 51-2796)

 

 

Don't known which above pilots flew these below sabres (1953)

FU-831 (s/n 51-2831)

"Wham Bam / Yalu Express"

FU-539 (s/n 52-4539)

"Slo-Mo-Shun II" / "Dreaded Gomboo"?

FU-869 (s/n 52-2869)

FU-894 (s/n 51-2894)

"Kay Darling"

 

 

 

** In search of Crew Chief from Okarche **

U.S. Air Force pilot James Thompson, left, visits with his crew chief prior to a combat mission during the Korean War. The crew chief, known only by the last name of Johnson, is from Okarche. In the lower right of the photo, the words “Home” and “Okarche, Okla” can be seen. (Photo provided) © 2017 Okarche Warrior

News Article Link - October 9, 2017

By Mindy Ragan Wood, Staff Writer – More than 60 years after the Korean War ended, a U.S. Air Force pilot is searching for his crew chief who is from Okarche.

James Thompson served with fellow crew member whose last name is Johnson in the 336th Squadron at K-14 in South Korea in 1953. He wrote a letter to the Okarche Warrior and sent a photo of himself with Johnson. The fuel tank on the F-86 shows a Tee Pee, captioned “home” with the location Okarche, OKLA.

“I think he was a sergeant. Unfortunately, I don’t remember his first name, but I’ll never forget how well he, as crew chief, took care of the F-86 I flew in combat,” Thompson wrote.
Thompson said Johnson was responsible for maintaining the plane and he was the pilot.

“He did a marvelous job,” Thompson said during a phone call to the Warrior. “He made sure it was airworthy and ready to go. He was my righthand man.”
The two were stationed in Seoul, South Korea where they flew patrol along a 200-mile route north to the Manchurian border. Thompson flew 71 missions.

“We were a fighter intercept group,” he said. “Our task was to maintain air superiority over North and South Korea.”

During combat the fuel tanks would be dropped along with a bomb. North Koreans used to salvage them and “beat usable parts into pots and pans,” he wrote in the letter.
U.S. airmen painted messages on the fuel tanks that would be dropped to indicate where the metal had come from.

Now 89, Thompson said he cannot be sure Johnson is alive.

“I would give anything in the world if he were still living and I could make contact with him, and tell him thank you for what you did,” he said. “Someone from there made a marvelous contribution. I wish I had contacted him 20 or 30 years ago.”

Thompson lives in Florence, Alabama where he is a pastor at First Presbyterian Church. Anyone with information can contact James Thompson as 256-757-1165. His mailing address is 1428 North Shore Drive, Florence, Alabama, 35634.

 
 

 

Fabulous Rocketeers Squadron 1952

336th Squadron of the 4th Fighter Interceptor Wing

Squadron Commander:

July 1951 - March 1952 Major Richard D. Creighton

March 10, 1952 to July 1952 Major Felix Asla, Jr.

August 1, 1952 - July 1953 Major Louis Green

 

 

 

336th Squadron of the 4th Fighter Interceptor Wing 1952

Click on the above photo or here to view the complete 336th Squadron of the 4th Fighter Interceptor Wing team of 1952.

Click here to view the complete 336th Squadron of the 4th Fighter Interceptor Wing team of 1953.

Click here to view the complete 336th Squadron of the 4th Fighter Interceptor Wing team of 1954.

 

 

 

Fabulous Rocketeers Photo/Historical Collection 1952

Click on the above photo or here to view various photos of the 336th Squadron of the 4th Fighter Interceptor Wing of circa 1952.

 
 

 

Pilot Class of 1952 (Click on pilot names for more info)
Note: Not all pilots may be listed. I only listed the ones I know of through book resourses. Some pilots flew coming into this year, and some after for a time after this year.
Some pictures may overlap in the photos section.

Names of pilots and photo(s) of their sabres - Anyone with more information for the below, please email me at eric@yocumusa.com Thanks!

“A” Flight
“B” Flight

Capt. Quentin C. Ellingson

FU-316 (s/n 49-1316)

Capt. R. A. Windoffer

FU-676 (s/n 50-676)

"Miss Claire"

Lt. Joseph E. Fields

FU-175 (s/n 49-1175)

"Peg O' My Heart / Pauls Mig Killer"

Lt. Arthur J. Cuddy

FU-667 (s/n 50-667)

1/Lt. John E. Dews, Jr.

FU-586 (s/n 50-586)

Lt. Joseph C. Romack

FU-834 (s/n 51-2834)

"Patricia II" and "Joanne"

“C” Flight
“D” Flight

Capt. Robbie Risner

FU-824 (s/n 51-2824)

"Little Mike"

Lt. Willard Parker Dunbar Jr

FU-128 (s/n 49-1128)

"Rovin Rover"

2/Lt. John E. Fagan

FU-679 (s/n 50-679)

Lt. P. J. Frederick

FU-857 (s/n 52-2857)

"Glory" - Us

 
“E” Flight
Attached Pilots

Col. Royal. N. Baker

FU-822 (s/n 51-2822)

"Angel Face & the Babes"

Lt. Joseph E. McElvain

FU-829 (s/n 51-2829)

Maj. Louis A. Green

FU-863 (s/n 52-2863)

Lt. Jeff L. Dibrell

FU-175 (s/n 49-1175)

"Peg O' My Heart / Tiger Shack"

Lt. Joe A. Logan

FU-688 (s/n 50-688)

Other Pilots (1952)

Maj. Felix Asla Jr.

FU-767 (s/n 51-2767)

"The Chopper"

Capt. Chuck Owens

FU-800 (s/n 51-2800)

"Liza Gal" / "El Diablo"

Col Walker "Bud" Mahurin

FU-747 (s/n 51-2747)

"Honest John / Stud"

Capt. Clay O. Keen

FU-648 (s/n 50-648)

"Eight Ball Express"

2/Lt. Edward G. Izbicky

FU-839 (s/n 52-2839)

Capt. Ralph E. Banks
1/Lt. Kenneth H. Rapp
1/Lt. Charles B. Christison
Lt. Col. J. S. Payne (USMC)
1/Lt. Charles G. Carl
1st. Lt. Herschel D. Spitzer
1st Lt. George J. Wood

Sqd. Ldr. Graham S. Hulse

(RAF)

Maj. William L. Cosby

Capt. Brooks J. Liles

"Sweetie Pie"

Capt. Freeland K. Mathews

Capt. John F. Lane

FU-255 (49-1255)

2/Lt. Henry A. Sibley

FU-633 (s/n 50-633)

Capt. Herbert E. Sharp

FU-123 (49-1123)

2/Lt. James E. Swenson

FU-859 (s/n 52-2859)

1/Lt. John P. Green

FU-686 (s/n 50-686)

1/Lt. John G. Ellis, Jr.

FU-828 (s/n 51-2828)

2/Lt. Vance R. Frick

FU-178 (s/n 49-1178)

 

 

FEAF Recognition Markings
 

 

Fabulous Rocketeers Squadron 1951

336th Squadron of the 4th Fighter Interceptor Wing

Squadron Commander:

February 1, 1949 to May 1949 Major Benjamin H. King

June 1, 1949 to end of 1949 Lt. Col. Benjamin S. Preston, Jr.

January 1, 1950 - July 1951 Lt. Col. Bruce H. Hinton

July 1951 - March 1952 Major Richard D. Creighton

 

 

 

Fabulous Rocketeers Photo/Historical Collection 1950-1951

Click on the above photo or here to view various photos of the 336th Squadron of the 4th Fighter Interceptor Wing of circa 1950-1951.

 
 

 

Fabulous Rocketeers Squadron Pilot Artwork of 1950

 

"These are the origional pliots of the 336th which went to Korea in 1950. The artist was H. P. Miller who was killed in combat 20 Nov 28 1951. Bob Lauerwas also shot down and killed in June 19 1951. Pop Hansen was also killed in June 5, 1951. Lauer, Hitt, Upchurch, Hanford, and Vaughan were classmates of mine in flying school at Williams, AFB, AZ. We graduated in Feb 10, 1949 as 2nd Lt and were assigned to the 4th." - Captain Dick Becker Actual 1st American Jet-vs-Jet Ace (these notes about this picture were given September 2003)


Thanks to Otha H "Skeet" Vaughan Jr. for the above photo and information.

 

 

 

Pilot Class of 1950/1951 (Click on pilot names for more info)
Note: Not all pilots may be listed. I only listed the ones I know of through book resourses. Some pilots flew coming into this year, and some after for a time after this year.
Some pictures may overlap in the photos section.

Names of pilots and photo(s) of their sabres - Anyone with more information for the below, please email me at eric@yocumusa.com Thanks!

Col Bruce Hinton

FU-190 (s/n 49-1190) "Squanee"

and FU-236 (s/n 49-1236)

Maj Ben Emmert
Flight
Flight


Capt. Morris Q. Pitts

Capt. Dale Hudson


Capt. A. J. Melancon

Capt. Max Weill


Capt. Dave Fitton


Capt. Don Stuck

1/Lt. Robert H. Laier

FU-298 (s/n 49-1298)


Lt. Ward Hitt


Lt. Charles O. Riester


Lt. Al Reeser

Lt. Lightmn’ Upchurch
Flight
Flight

Capt. MacLane

Capt. Daddy Janeczek


Capt. Richard Ransbottom

Capt. Black Jack Wingo


Lt. Dick Panter


Lt. Howard P. Miller, Jr.

FU-276 (s/n 49-1276)

Lt. Jose Vaughan


Lt. Simpson 'Swabby' Evans

FU-184 (s/n 49-1184)

Lt. Tommy Thompson


Lt. Thomas "Pop" Hanson

FU-130 (s/n 49-1130)

Lt. Scotty Hanford


Lt. Don Torres

FU-184 (s/n 49-1184)

"Miss Behaving"

Lt. Paul Bryce

Other Pilots (1950-1951)

Capt. Alfred Simmons

FU-129 (s/n 49-1129)

Lt. Dayton Ragland

FU-673 (s/n 50-673)

Maj. Richard D. Creighton

FU-225 (s/n 49-1225) and

FU-178 (s/n 49-1178) "Marilyn"

Lt. Clay O. Keen

FU-225 (s/n 49-1225)

1/Lt. William A. Todd

Lt. Frank Robison

1/Lt. William B. Yancey
Maj. Edward C. Fletcher
Capt. Howard M. Lane
1/Lt. David B. Freeland
1/Lt. Anthony Kulengosky
Capt. Ralph Banks

1/Lt. Douglas K. Evans

1/Lt. Claude Mitson
Capt. William F. Guss (USMC)

Capt. Kenneth Chandler

1/Lt. William R. Dawson

1/Lt. Vernon L. Wright

1/Lt. Robert W. Akin

1/Lt. Garold R. Beck

1/Lt. Ernest F. Neubert

1/Lt. Charles Christison


Capt. Kenneth D. Chandler

FU-159 (s/n 49-1159)

1/Lt. John P. Green

1/Lt. Claude C. Mitson

1/Lt. Carl G. Barnett, Jr.

FU-113 (s/n 49-1113)

Lt. Scotty Hanford "Billie"

1/Lt. Larry Bach

FU-176 (s/n 49-1176)

1/Lt Richard Merian

FU-227 (48-227)

Lt Fred T. Wicks

FU-682 (s/n 50-682)

2/Lt. Bill N. Garrett

FU-319 (s/n 49-1319)

2/Lt. A. C. Foster

FU-225 (s/n 8225)

"Hot Spook"