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The 1999 -- 2001 Rocketeer Air Force Guest Book
Discussions & comments about the Korean war, vintage fighter aircraft photos, air force memorabilia and the F-86 jet fighter.


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Name: Lorraine D. Robertson, widow of John S.
HomePage: http://
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Comments: Husband in Korea , 48-51. Great webpage. Thanks
April 30, 2001 00:09:02 (GMT Time)

Email: JLC68@AOL.COM
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April 27, 2001 23:40:13 (GMT Time)

Name: Dan Druen
HomePage: http://
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you from:
Las Vegas
Comments: Will stay in touch, John. Glad you made the Sabrepilots Reunion.
April 25, 2001 22:31:04 (GMT Time)

Name: Tom Nielson
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Comments: John: Your continuing to update the site is appreciated. The new photos are breathtaking to an old geezer like myself. The wide view of K-14 looking ESE particularly brings back conflicting emotions and memories. In offsite correspondence, I've told you some "war stories" about POL. Just for your info, the long kind of looping hill you can see in the lower right hand 1/4 is where we were located.
April 24, 2001 08:08:13 (GMT Time)

Name: Frederick N. Frizzell
HomePage: http://
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you from:
Plainville, MA
Comments: We sat beside each other at the banquet Thursday night. Told you I'd visit the site as soon as I got home.
April 21, 2001 16:26:17 (GMT Time)

Name: Jerry "One-y" Oney
HomePage: http://
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you from:
Black Forest, CO
Comments: Hi John -- enjoyed your web-site immensely! Was a Rocketeer from 89 - 91 in the F-15E. Lately they've adopted the early 50s style sqdn patch for wear on Fridays -- really neat looking. Hey! More pics please! See ya! One-y
April 20, 2001 19:51:37 (GMT Time)

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My name is Rudy Preus and I am a retired Canadian Air Force pilot. My hobby is Stained Glass and my Three Dimensional Stained Glass Aircraft may be of interest to your guests.   If anyone wishes to view my work, please visit me at:

My E-Mail address is:

------------------Mon Mar 19 07:01:40 PST 2001

Hi John,

My name is John Tabor and I was a pilot with the 335th at the same time your dad was with the 336th.  Wonderful guy and great pilot is the best way I can describe him. We flew to the Yalu several times together and watched each other's back side. We also closed the "O" club many times with a resounding round of "Sammy Small." You have a fabulous web site (that I just found) and I can't tell you how much we older Jet Jocks appreciate it.

------------------Thu Mar 1 07:46:41 PST 2001

I was assigned to 4th Communications Sqdn. in '54, then was on the advanced party for the move to Chitose. The stories and pictures really bring back memories.  I remember when they placed "No Parking" signs in front of the Comm. Center, and hit the front end of a live artillary shell. Scared the "P" out of everyone till people from ammo dump came and removed it.


- Fred Edwards

------------------Wed Feb 14 19:20:15 PST 2001

Great site.  Brings back memories at Chaumont AB, France (54-57) 48th FBW, Statue of Liberty wing, home of the demo team Skyblazers flying F86H's. Armour makes great model in 'Blazer trim.  I was a Weather Observer and got to know a number of the pilots.
Keep up the great work........

Bob Schmid
Blacksburg, Va

------------------Sun Feb 11 04:36:22 PST 2001

Excellent site. It certainly retrieves memories of the formative times of my life.

I was a three stripe Crew chief of F86F a/c #627, in the 311 FBS, at K55, from 1957 until the Squadron turned over it's planes to the Nationalist Chinese base at Chiyee (sic).

I particularly enjoy your collection of photos; mine having been destroyed as a result of Hurricane Andrew.
Again, thank you,

Joel (Ari) Ariel
Ft.Lauderdale, Fl.

------------------Sun Feb 11 14:03:29 PST 2001

Great site.  Did four years in the Air Force in the early eighties. Always thought the Sabre Jet was awesome even though they were out of inventory by the time I enlisted.


------------------Fri Feb 9 12:07:25 PST 2001

Hi!  My name is Tim McLaughlin.  My Dad was an airman in the Air Force in the early 60's. He Made a cool snowmobile sled out of a droptank from an F-86.  If anybody has any photos of an F-86 droptank or an aircraft with tanks on could you please e-mail me at or if you've done something creative with a droptank I'd like to hear about it!  Thanks and "HAIL HAIL THE VAPOR TRAIL!"

------------------Mon Feb 5 19:30:51 PST 2001

Very nicely done!!  I flew the F-86E in Honduras in 1983-84.  Sadly those airplanes are rotting on the ramp in San Pedro Sula.  Currently, retired USAF, flying the MD-11 for World Airways.

"LAMBO" John Lamb

------------------Fri Jan 26 08:20:15 PST 2001

A lovely website.  Thanks so much!  I wonder if anyone knows where I can get a copy of the movie "Sabre Jet" (1953) with Robert Stack?  I have a dear friend who flew these planes and he would like a copy of the movie in any media.   Does anyone have any ideas?  We've tried eBay but without success.   Thanks again. 


------------------Tue Dec 19 17:04:03 PST 2000

Hello to all.  I too was a 336 FIS in 1950 I left Dover air patch in Delaware but being the lowest rank man there. Yes a private, I got to stay at Johnson in Japan worked in the hyd. shop building up those segmented rotor brakes... Hale Hale the Vapor trail.

Pvt. James Williams
939 Lakewood Tpa Fl 33613

e mail jimsawdust@msn

------------------Fri Dec 8 16:33:04 PST 2000

A great site -- I thought that Korea was the forgotten war!

Like your dad, I missed seeing "action" in Korea, arriving in August 1953 and leaving in August 1954.  I was the Control Tower Chief at K-18 in Kangnung Korea, right on the Sea of Japan.  This was a Korean AFB, flying the old F-51's from WWII. The Korean pilots could only fly in VFR daytime and were terrible pilots. 

K-18 had a PSP runway and the Korean pilots were always trying to do "wheel" landings like the USAF pilots in a plane that was designed for three-point landings.   Naturally, there were many, many nose-ups as they tried to land from a formation flight with one Korean pilot making a three point landing, followed by a Korean pilot making a wheel landing and then hitting the brakes to avoid running over the fellow in front of him. 

But, the biggest thrill for all of occurred when a flight of F-86's would fly over K-18 and ask the tower if they could make a "compass check."  It was clear to us that they wanted to buzz the field, but we would okay the "compass check," and the F-86's would come down that runway "balls out" one after the other and then spiral up and away over the Sea of Japan.  This would invariably bring all the Korean pilots running out and yelling, "We want Jets!"  Perhaps your dad was one of those F-86 pilots that thoroughly livened up our otherwise routine lives!

Korea was a great experience and I only wish that I had realized that while I was over there!!  However, I still shudder a little whenever I see a 747 take off with a Korea Air Lines logo -- it is possible, if not probable, that some of the early KAL 747 pilots were the F-51 pilots that I met in Kangnung nearly 50 years ago.

Thanks again for a great, great site.

Francis Nolan

------------------Tue Nov 28 11:05:26 PST 2000

My name is Annie Zole, I am doing a project on the
year 1954.  If you could possibly email me with any memories you have of that year it would be greatly appreciated.  My address is

------------------Fri Nov 10 12:55:53 PST 2000

I would like to know more about his career in the Air Force being that he was the only African-American four star general. [note: message posted as received.  I do not know who this message refers to -- webmaster]

------------------Tue Oct 24 16:39:29 PDT 2000

On November 4th, 2000 The Air Museum "Planes of Fame" at Chino Airport in Southern California will host a seminar on the Korean Air War and will fly a MiG-15 afterwards.  While a few guest speakers are scheduled, they are still looking for people who were associated with the air war.  If you or someone you know could attend, please contact Mark Foster at 909-597-0802 or by email at

Thank You!

------------------Tue Oct 17 16:06:33 PDT 2000

I was lucky enough to crew a number of Sabres after leaving the Air Force.  All were Canadair MK 6 with the Orenda engine, owned and operated by Flight Systems Inc., supporting a number of Government contracts.  A damn fine aircraft, to say the least. [note: no name or contact information was left with this guest book entry.  - Webmaster]

------------------Tue Oct 17 08:51:51 PDT 2000

I was a crew chief on F-86d a/c 325, with the 40th FISq at Yokota AFB from September 1956 to March 1958.  My a/c was on two rocket teams.  We won both.  Would like to hear from some one who was with me at that time.

------------------Fri Sep 29 10:14:53 PDT 2000
Hi John,

My name is Royce Raven. I was in the 865th AAA AW BN(SP) deployed on an around K-14 to protect the base from low flying enemy aircraft. I was there from late 1952 through early 1954. I had several college class mates from Texas A&M that were F-86 pilots in the 4th FIW during this period of time. I'm sure your father knew some of them.

If you or any of your site visitors are interested in the history of the F-86 I recommend you visit the URL shown below.  It is the most complete F-86 site that can be found:

Duncan's F-86 Sabre Web Site

I have several photos from my K-14 days that you mightbe interested in seeing.  If so, you can contact me at my e-mail address:

You have constructed a fabulous web site in memory of your father. He would be proud of the site.

Best Regards,

Royce Raven

------------------Wed Aug 30 13:50:37 PDT 2000

Thanks for this wonderful site.  I was a crew chief in the 336th from April 1953 till April 1954.  My aircraft was 844, "TOOTSIE".  I'm looking for a copy of the yearbook 52-53 as mine was lost in a house fire in 1970.  Anyone that can help can contact me at The photos sure bring back memories, thanks again.

Norman Ross, Tacoma, Wa.

------------------Mon Aug 28 05:19:56 PDT 2000

Hi Gang.

Greetings from SabreJet Classics Magazine.  We're the official publication of the F-86 Sabre Pilots Assn.  I'm the editor.  Plus I'm right in the middle of completing the history of the "Fourth But First" from 1946 thru 1957.  I need two things if anyone has them:

1) a list of all the KIAs from the 4th in the Korean War.

2) a patch or decal showing the Korean War 4th emblem. This will go on the front cover so it has to be a real photo or patch.  E-scans won't do the job.

Contact me at SabreJet Classics e-mail

Thanks.  Larry Davis

------------------Tue Aug 1 17:17:06 PDT 2000

Hi from Calgary Alberta!

My hobby is the F-86 Sabre. Sixty Canadair Mark 2's were purchased by the USAF during the Korean War, and about half of them seem to have served with the 'Rocketeers'.  I just want to let you know the contribution Canadian-built Sabres made to their success.

Dan Bragg

------------------Wed Jun 28 19:00:28 PDT 2000

My name is Dick McDonald.   I was assigned to the Chiefs (335th FIS) from 3/53 to 3/54 as part of the IFF Shop we were responsible for the IFF equipment on all planes in all three squadrons.  So the chances are excellent that I helped service Bill Starr's F-86.  My biggest claim to K-14 fame was as part of a group of enlisted men that crashed the Officers Club on Christmas Eve 1953 to sing Christmas Carols.  We all ended up shaking hands and wishing each other seasons greetings. Thank you for the memories.  Hi to Littell.


------------------Mon May 29 20:31:19 PDT 2000


My name is Bernard V. Moro and I served with the 431st Fighter Interceptor Squadron during the 1953/1954 era originating at Selfridge AFB and going overseas to Wheelus AFB in Tripoli, Libya.

We were a bunch of F-86F nuts and were a very close knit bunch of guys.  However, over the course of many years, we have drifted apart.

This web sight, being of F-86F interest, I would like to spark some interest in getting together with any airmen connected with the 431 FIS to contact me at to try to get a reunion together.   The only person I have had contact with so far has been Sgt. Jim Kelly who now resides at Las Vegas, Nevada.

If anyone is out there that was connected with the 431st Fighter Interceptor Squadron, please reply to my email at:

------------------Thu May 25 19:12:36 PDT 2000

It has been fascinating to read about the later exploits of my partner in various adventures and misdemeanors in the late '40's.  Interesting that Bill flew with the 336th during the Korean affair.  I also served with the 336th but mine was the 336th AAA Gun Bn. (Army)

Bill was a great guy and a good friend during that period of our lives. 

Neil Rudd

------------------Tue May 23 23:01:39 PDT 2000

I Really enjoy browsing your site. Thanks for sharing your photos and adventures.

------------------Tue May 23 09:05:05 PDT 2000
Hello John,

This is a terrific site. It is so good to read about Uncle Bill.  I sure do miss him.   By the way, Sandy and I grew up listening to those albums too - I think she still has them.  Mom used to sing along - she was so proud of her brother's involvement.   Thank you for doing such a fine job in preserving your father's memory.

Love,  Alison
------------------Mon May 15 01:44:26 PDT 2000

My name is Rudy Preus, and I am a retired Canadian Air Force pilot.  My hobby is Stained Glass and my three dimensional stained glass aircraft may be of interest to your guests.  If anyone wishes to view my work, please visit me at:

Webmaster note: check out this custom stained glass F-86 model that Rudy made for me.  Click on the image to see a larger image.

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------------------Wed Apr 19 12:17:07 PDT 2000

I flew with the 336th from 1954 to 1956 at Misawa, Japan.  Your site is a great tribute to a great bunch of guys.

Gil Alston, Judge, Ret.

------------------Mon Apr 10 16:51:03 PDT 2000

Dear Mr. Starr,

You have one great site for the preservation of F-86 history.  My father was a career Air Force mechanic who got his start on F-86's at Otis AFB with the 60th FIS under the command by then Maj. Chappy James -- an ace from Korea, whom as you know became the only Four Star General fighter pilot.

Your site is, once again, very good.  Thank you for the privilage to view it.


P.S. -- My father's name was MSGT. William J. Hamilton, USAF, Ret (D).  Any one who knew nim can e-mail me @ ROUNDMAN58@YAHOO.COM

------------------Fri Mar 24 09:16:14 PST 2000

Hello John Starr,

Reviewed you site for the fourth time.  Great job.  I have sent email to you before and am still looking for anyone the knew or flew with my old friend, Lt. James A. Gehr. call sign CASEY.  He arrived at K-14 in Dec 1951 after a year at Randolph flight training.  Sometime in 1952 he said he got "wacked" and went to Pearl to mend, then was assigned to a squadron in Alaska.  He got out in 1955 and returned to Wisconsin.

If anyone knew him in 1951-1952 I would like to  hear from them, as it is the 50th anniversary of him joining the AF and I'd like to put a package together. 

Just got and loaded a flight sim "Mig Alley".  It looks GREAT and bring memories -- and a chance to fly planes of that time.  Keep adding to your website, its wonderful.

W. Schilder, Grafton WI USNR Naval Aviation 1952-1964.  E-mail

------------------Sat Mar 18 11:04:44 PST 2000
Hi John,

I was with the 336th from mid '72 to mid '73.  I was a "gun plumber" and worked on the flight line.  The flight I was in had seven aircraft, four flight chiefs and two other armorers.  We kept very busy with as many as five missions a day sometimes.  The only day off was when it rained.  Your websight bought back many memories - Thanks.

Daniel F Peck

------------------Tue Mar 14 15:22:08 PST 2000
Hello John,

My name is Gene Littell and I was in the 336th squadron at K-14 from Jan. 1953 through Feb.  1954.  Although I did not get to know your Father real well, I do remember him.  I am in the black and white picture of the group singing.  I was standing next to Bill on the left side of the picture.

I only flew 26 combat missions before the war ended.  I was also there when the MIG landed and got a chance to look into the cockpit before they whisked the MIG away.

I want to congratulate you on the web page. You did an excelent job on it.  It brought back many wonderful memories for me.  I have many pictures and movies from that time in Korea also.  I will be watching it for new things you will be adding.

My email address is

------------------Thu Mar 2 10:35:29 PST 2000

I just wanted to say that the F-86f Sabre is the best dogfighter of the Korean War, it really kicked ass.  The F-86f is also my favorite aircraft of the early jet age.   I want some info on the ''all flying tail'' of the F model, and some diagrams of the systems of the F-86f.

------------------Thu Feb 17 07:46:23 PST 2000

Hi John -- what a moving experience to visit with my brother Bill Starr again, and read his journal entries.  I remember his songs and stories so well -- what a great story-teller!  How he loved to fly! This is a really fine Website -- your grand-father, Bill's Dad Nathan Comfort Starr, would be proud!

Margot Starr Kernan

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