417th TFS, Lt Ben Thompson, Toul-Rosieres, France 1956

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8 responses

  1. Fred Lavery

    I was in the 417th 1958-1962. we moved to Ramstein in Dec. 1959 I recgonize (Fireball) Vern Frye. the last time i talked with him was around 1975. we lost a lot of pilots in Vietnam and a few made it to the General rank i.e. John Chain SAC commander, i knew him as a 1st Lt. Stanley Musser 3 or 4 star. I think Vern Frye was a Col. I spent many a TDY to Wheelus living in Tiger Town. i was Crew Chief on 56-3024D and later on 56- 3847F I retired in July 1978 at Davis Monthan AFB and have been here in Tucson AZ. since. Msgt USAF (ret) Fred Lavery

    August 9, 2011 at 4:13 pm

    • Michael Dunphy

      Did you know 1LT Richard Tachibana who was killed while flying F-100F 56-3857 on 13 July 1961? I am investigating his death on behalf of his family. If you have any details please contact me.

      June 22, 2012 at 6:44 pm

    • Rainey_Myriam

      Hi everyone, my grand-father Kenneth E. RAINEY was there in 1961. Someone knew him ?

      June 8, 2016 at 2:13 pm

  2. Terry Johnson

    I was with the 417th at Ramstein from 1966 to 1966. F-100’s and then F-4D’s I am trying to gather any info about the 417th for my web-site http://www.tlj417.com

    Terry Johnson

    November 16, 2011 at 12:38 am

  3. Gary Jones

    I knew Capt. Vern Frye at Nellis AFB in the 1960’s. I read of him in 100 missions North( Bell)Can anyone tell me if he is still alive, Gary Jones

    June 5, 2013 at 3:16 am

    • Fred Lavery

      Gary There must be 2 Vern Frye’s. in 1960 he was a 1st Lt. stationed at Ramstein Germany. he was the engineering officer of the 417th TFS. the last I talked to him was about 1975, he was at the pentagon then. Fred Lavery Tucson Az.

      December 23, 2014 at 4:23 pm

  4. ROBERT HEALY formally A/1c Af11319801

    I was out side base ops an saw Lt Col England crash as a result of a flame out. His F86 tail no. ended in 444. He bailed out, shute deployed but he was much to low and perished when he hit the ground very close to his air craft. His was the last F86 to leave to N. Africa (Wheelis AFB?) to transition to F100. We were told (unconfirmed) that he turned his craft to the left to avoid hitting the village that was to his right.

    July 22, 2014 at 7:05 pm

    • red ficher

      my father was the horse? maj. Harry H Herrmann I MISS HIM HE WAS A COOL DUDE! 12/14/19-03/15/87 RIP DAD!

      December 24, 2014 at 1:49 am

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