Batcat
The United States Air Force
553rd Reconnaissance Wing
Korat Royal Thai Air Force Base
Images of Assigned Personnel

This area has images of the personnel assigned to the 553rd Reconnaissance Wing.

Entries after 4/11/00 show who to credit for the image. If that person has authorized his/her e-mail on the contact page then I will not add an e-mail contact here. Rather I'll indicate to check the contact page.

Image area added 07/03/99, Last updated 07/14/14.

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IMPORTANT UPDATE - on January 17, 2014 my wife and I completed the sale of our Maine home and we are now settling into our California home to be nearer our grand children. Until we get established and organized in California anticipate delays with homepage updates and my replies to your emails. With this move the only valid email for webmaster Larry Westin is westin@westin553.net - several areas on my Batcat pages continue to show our previous Maine address and phone number. I'm in the process of correcting those areas to show my new contact information, which is Larry Westin, 21721 Verde St., Tehachapi, California 93561, phone (661) 823-4707.

Individual Photographs of those who died while at Korat

TSgt. Albert Booker. Al and I were both stationed at George AFB, Calif. when we were selected for Batcat training. This photo was taken at U-tapao RTAFB during Feb. 1969. The 553rd operated out of U-Tapao for a month while the runway was being repiared at Korat. Al was killed along with 17 others when 67-21493, Batcat 21 was lost on Apr 25, 69. B&W, about 45K. Added 7/5/99

Sgt. Julius Chester Houlditch, Jr.. Chester departed from the U.S. for Korat RTAFB on August 9, 1969. This image was taken at his prior duty station. Chester was killed with the loss of the second aircraft, 67-21495, Batcat 19 at Korat on September 6, 1969. Image courtesy of Lee Houlditch, brother of Sgt. Houlditch. Because Chester was at Korat only a couple weeks before he was killed, he does not appear in the crew photo of the second crew 40. Color, about 315K. Added 07/14/14.

Sgt. Arnold Noel Jaco. Best friend of Paul Desrosiers, who sent me the image. Arnold Jaco was killed with the loss of the second aircraft, 67-21495, Batcat 19 at Korat on September 6, 1969. The image originally here from Paul Desrosiers, the current image is from, and was taken by David Butler. B&W, about 27K. Added 09/20/99, about 27K.

Maj. Joyful J. Jenkins, photo taken and provided by Dick Baker. Joyful Jenkins was killed with the loss of the second aircraft, 67-21495, Batcat 19 at Korat on September 6, 1969. Color photo, about 50K, added 03/11/00.

Individual Photographs

Shown here is a group photo of the 388th Motor Pool Drivers at Korat. The 388th Motor Pool provided transportation to the 553rd Recon Wing at Korat. My thanks to Ron Bogota for providing this photo. Added 5/26/00, B&W, about 54K.

Flight Surgeon Dr. John Arrington and Mason Ezzell Pilot on the second crew 31. My thanks to Mason Ezzell for providing this image. B&W, about 434K. Added 06/19/14.

553rd FMS at the Barracks Left to right; Sgt. Paul Barry, Sgt. Bob Phillips, and Sgt. Mickey Bassett at the 553rd FMS barracks. My thanks to Paul Barry for the photo, taken about August 1970. Added 4/28/03, B&W, about 49K.

Shown in front of the 553rd Life Support Equipment Section Building is Ron Bogota. Ron was a Crew Bus Driver, normally driving those of us in the 554th Recon Squadron (e-mail in contact area). Added 5/26/00, B&W, about 39K.

A1C Peter Eastman (standing) and TSgt. Ron Brunnabend (seated). This image courtesy of Peter Eastman. Added 3/17/02, color, about 46K.

Lt. Col. Kelly Burke. Lt. Col. Burke moved from Batcat to Bangkok as 7th/13th Air Force Liaison officer to MACTHAI, the U.S. Embassy, and the Royal Thai Air Force. Kelly Burke achieved the rank of Lieutenant General before he retired. Added 03/29/07, B&W, about 107K.

Typical flight gear worn by Joe Gonzales. This shot was taken after the return from a mission. Photo courtesy of Joe Gonzales (e-mail in contact area). Added 4/17/00, color about 22K.

Crew Chiefs Ron Grayson and Bill Clontz for aircraft 67-21499 "Centurion." Ron and Bill shared Crew Chief duty for this airplane. Bill Clontz painted the Roman Soldier on the nose gear door. Photo sent by Ron Grayson. Updated 11/30/99.

Dave Pipher. Dave was kind enought to send me this image. Added 12/17/99, color, about 78K.

This view shows something which occurred before every flight, Preflight and Wait! My thanks to Dick Baker who provided this image of a typical preflight and wait scene. Known names are listed here.  Photo is color, about 50K, added 03/11/00, names updated 07/08/09.

Sgt. Chuck Silverstein. This image provided curtousey of Chuck Silverstein (e-mail in contact area). View taken inflight over Vietnam at 20,000 feet, Oct. 19, 1967, during the first deployment of Batcat to Korat. Added 3/17/02, color, about 36K.

Ssgt. William Prescott and Ssgt. Valot. This image provided curtousey of Joe Gonzales (e-mail in contact area). Added 4/17/00, about 26K.

Shown in front of a 554th Crew Bus, is Tim Robinson. Tim normally drove the 553rd Recon Squadron crews but was standing next to Ron Bogota's bus for this Nov. 1968 photo. Photo courtesy of Ron Bogota (e-mail in contact area). Added 5/26/00, B&W, about 36K.

Randy Spencer. Randy was kind enough to loan me his Batcat collection to scan and add to this homepage. Randy achieved a milestone while flying at Korat, he flew 104 missions with Batcat! Date of this photo is February 1970.  About 27K, Color, added 12/9/99, updated 11/23/05.

James Stacy (left) and Bill Holbrook (right) during the delivery of 67-21474 from Otis to Korat, Nov. 1967. My thanks to Bill Holbrook for this photograph. Photo taken inflight near the rear crew rest area, by the rear exit door. Color, about 36K, added 01/30/00, updated 11/23/05.

Mike Yates. Mike has sent a number of images which are now part of this homepage. Added 12/15/99, updated 11/23/05, B&W, about 51K.

Christmas at Korat. Left to right, TSgt Tom Tasaki, Radio Operator Crew 40, SSgt Larry Logsdon, Flight Engineer Crew ??, SSgt Les Robbins, CIM Crew 40, and SSgt Lawrence 'Larry' Luedke, Flight Engineer Crew ?? B&W, about 126K. My thanks to Les Robbins for sending this photo. Added 06/07/09.

John Urban and Mike Perry(RO) near the barracks February 1970. Image courtesy of Jim Coffman. Color, about 111K. Added 07/08/09.

Training at Otis Photographs


Lynn Gates sent along this crew photo taken at Otis AFB during training. I haven't seen other crew photos taken at Otis, so this is somewhat unique. Image otis14-3.jpg is a crew photo taken at Otis AFB during trainning, provided by crew member Lynn Gates. Based on when the photo was taken I'm guessing it was training to be part of the third group of aircrew at Korat. Here is a list of the Otis crew 14-3 names. Crew photo about 110K, added 05/07/05.

Tom Sear sent along this crew photo taken at Otis AFB during training. Image otis21-2.jpg is a the second crew 21 which trained at Otis AFB. Here are the Otis crew 21-2 names. Crew photo about 118K, added 07/18/12.

Stu Whipple sent this photo taken at Otis AFB during training. Image of Cape Cod taken from an EC-121R. This image shows the entire cape. B&W, about 60K, added 06/12/13.

The "Party Suites"

Some individuals had dress or party suits made while at Korat. Paul Hasz sent me the first image of a party suit a couple months back.  Then George and Carla Ritter contacted me with several more images.  So I've added this area to the photographs page to illustrate some of the party suits.  While these suits are similar, you find a lot of individual preferences in these party suits.

Some individuals had dress flight suits such as the one shown here provided by Paul Hasz. This suit shows many of the Batcat patches all on one flight suit.  These were sometimes referred to as "party suits."  Added 10/15/05, color, about 114K.

Charlotte Holder Clinger shown here in 2002 when she donated her Party Suit to the University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNC-G) Women Veterans Historical Project. There is a link to the UNC-G online Files on the main opening Batcat homepage. My thanks to Charlotte Holder Clinger for this image. Added 04/19/09, color, about 196K.

George Ritter and his wife Carla, have collected vietnam era party suits and patches for a long time. They sent me the following images of Batcat party suits. This is an image of Don Ewing's yellow party suit wile at Korat with College Eye, and here is a Close up of Don Ewing's yellow party suit showing the patch details, next is a Don Ewing's red party suit wile at Korat with Batcat, and here is a Close up of Don Ewing's red party suit showing the patch details, next is the red Batcat party suit of Ray Franks, and here is a Close up of Ray Franks' red party suit showing the patch details, these images show Dan Kilburn's red Batcat party suit, and here is a Close up of Dan Kilburn's red party suit showing the patch details, and shown here is the last of the extensive collection of Batcat party suits, Major Appling's grey party, and here is a Close up of Major Appling's grey party suit showing the patch details. As you can see from these entries George and Carla Ritter have a large collection of Vietnam era party suits. And what you see here are only those which are connected with Batcat. If you have Vietnam era party suits or patches you may want to sell or trade, or maybe you just have questions about a suit or patch you own, please contact George or Carla Ritter at geocar_1@charter.net. Added 12/26/05, all images are color, and range in size from bout 40K to 80K.

Last Flight at Korat of the
554th Reconnaissance Squadron


George Dearman sent me this image of the front end crew for the last 554 Reconnaissance Squadron mission. Here are the names of the full crew for the last 554 Reconnaissance Squadron mission. When the 553rd Reconnaissance Wing disbanded in December 1970, the 553rd Reconnaissance Squadron was reassigned to the 388TFW, while the 554th Reconnaissance Squadron was disbanded from flying the EC-121R, with Detachment 1 of the 553rd Reconnaissance Wing at Nakhom Phanom then using becoming the 554th Squadron flying the QU-22B Baby Bats. Added 06/12/05.

Korat RTAFB Aircrew Photographs


I've tried to standardize all aircrew images with the same naming convention. An example of my aircrew photo file naming convention - " bcc05-1.jpg." BCC indicates Bat Cat Crew, 05 is for crew number 5, and -1 means the first aircrew assigned with this number.

Virtually all the images I have are in jpeg (jpg) format. With few exceptions each image ranges in size from about 20K to a maximum of about 70K. Some may be a little smaller or bigger, all are a size which normally can be e-mailed without causing any problem with your mail server.

Korat RTAFB Crew Time Frames - Approximate


Crew numbers appear to have repeated approximately three times. First crews at Korat from about Nov 67 to Oct 68, images for crews during this period have a -1 at the end of the file. Second crews at Korat from about Nov 68 to Oct 69, images for this period have a -2 at the end of the file. Third and last crews at Korat from about Nov 69 to Dec 70, images for this period have a -3 at the end of the file. Hope I have not confused you too much.  In some cases there are exceptions.

Unknown Crew 1 Photo. This image was sent by Peter Bono, but he could not remember what the crew number was. Please take a look. Known Crew Names are here. If you can provide the crew number, or more information, please contact me or Peter Bono at Peter11731@cs.com or Dale Waller stepndale@yahoo.com. Peter and Dale were part of the first crews to arrived in Nov. 1967. A/C was Major Donald Gatchel. Photo about 44K, added 3/11/00, crew name info updated 5/26/00.

Unknown Crew 2 Photo. This image was sent by Bill Barrett, crew Radio Operator, but he could not remember what the crew number was. Please take a look. Known Crew Names are here. Additional name added 01/08/12 by John Crowson. If you can provide the crew number, or more information, please contact me or Bill Barrett at barretts1@century.net. Photo about 72K, added 07/20/08, updated 01/08/12.

Unknown Crew 3 Photo. This image was sent by Elizabeth (Helfrich) Rothgeb, daughter of A/C Lt. Col. Helfrich. Please take a look. Known Crew Names are here. If you can provide the crew number, or more information, please contact at westin@westin553.net. Names updated by Cliff Jensen, Jim Satterwhite, Richard Upton and Don Bokovoy 11/07/09. Crew members so far identified are from different crews, so this may have been a composite crew for this mission. Photo about 131K, added 10/26/08, updated 11/07/09.

bcc01-1.jpg is the first Batcat Crew 1 Photo, 553rd Recon Squadron. Image provided by crewmember Ted Red. Here is a list of the known first crew 1 names. Joe Fuller emailed me two additional names which added to the correct first crew 1 names on 12/26/05. Doug Cedras sent 3 more names, and corrections to others on 08/29/06. If you can fill in the missing names please contact me. Crew photo about 65K, added 02/02/05, updated 08/29/06.

bcc01-2.jpg is the second Batcat Crew 1 Photo, 553rd Recon Squadron. Image provided by crewmember Billy W. Borror. Here is a list of the known second crew 1 names. Crew photo about 182K, added 09/15/08, names updated added 07/24/09.

bcc01-3.jpg is the third Batcat Crew 1 Photo, 553rd Recon Squadron. Image provided by crewmember Billy W. Borror. Here is a list of the known third crew 1 names. Crew photo about 182K, added 09/15/08.

Image bcc02-2.jpg is the second Batcat Crew 2 Photo, 553rd Recon Squadron. Image and names provided by aircraft commander Major Elmer Pool. Here is a list of the known second crew 2 names. Crew photo about 156K, added 12/26/05.

Image bcc03-1.jpg is the first Batcat Crew 3 Photo, 553rd Recon Squadron. Image and names provided by crew member Ralph Blankenship. Here is a list of the known first crew 3 names. Crew names by Ralph Blankenship and Doug Schmidt.  Crew photo about 67K, added 02/18/06.

Image bcc03-2.jpg is the second Batcat Crew 3 Photo, 553rd Recon Squadron. Image and names provided by crew member Jerry Montrose. Here is a list of the known second crew 3 names.  Crew names by Jerry Montrose. This is an image, montrose001a.jpg, of a crew 3 get together at a downtown Korat resturant. Back side of the image, montrose001b.jpg, are the crew names.  Crew party image by Jerry Montrose.  Crew photo about 152K, party image about 148K, back side image about 152K. added 11/24/11.

Image bcc04-1.jpg is the first Batcat Crew 4 Photo, Major Lee Royal Aircraft Commander. After transfering from Batcat, Maj. Royal was later killed in SEA, this photo of the crew was provided by Mike Royal, Maj. Royal's son. Here is a list of the first crew 4 names. Note the names came from an image of a hand written list sent to me by Mike Royal. Some of those names were difficult to read, If I made an error on any name, please let me know and I will correct the mistake. Crew photo about 45K, dupdated 12/10/00, names updated 07/23/2006.

Image bcc04-2.jpg is the second Batcat Crew 4 Photo. Image provided by Dave Brown Jr., son of Aircraft Commander Dave Brown Sr., and updated by crewmember Jim Jorgensen. Here is a list of the second crew 4 names. Crew image about 288K, added 09/27/09, updated 01/18/11.

In e-mail conversations with Homepage visitors I have encountered a so far unique situation where I have two different photos which both appear to be the first Batcat crew 5. I'm going to include both here. Photo "A" image  bcc05-1a.jpg of the first Batcat Crew 5 Photo, about 43K. Here is a list of the known first crew 5 photo "A" names. Image and names provided by Dan Kilburn, crew 5 CICO. The second image of the first Batcat crew 5 comes from Mike Jones. Photo "B" image bcc05-1b.jpg is also the first Batcat Crew 5 Photo. Image provided by Mike Jones. Here is a list of the known first crew 5 photo "B" names. NOTE - indirectly I received an email from Peggy Hinkle adding TSgt. McCollum's name to the crew 5B list updated 11/26/05.  First crew 5 photo "B" names further updated by Bob Bulen postal letter, updated 01/01/10. Crew photo about 63K, added 07/04/00, updated 01/01/10.

Image bcc05-2.jpg is the second Batcat Crew 5 Photo, 553rd Recon Squadron. Image provided by MSgt. Tom Forth, USAF Retired. Here is a list of the known second crew 5 names. All but 2 of the names are recorded, if you can fill in the two missing names please contact me. Crew photo about 25K, added 06/16/00.

Image bcc05-3.jpg is the third Batcat Crew 5 Photo, 553rd Recon Squadron. Image provided by TSgt. Clyde Jelinek, USAF Retired. Here is a list of the known third crew 5 names. Additional names added by crewmember John Urban, and Rod Bennett. If you can fill in more missing names please contact me. Crew photo about 67K, added 02/01/07, updated 01/15/11. Now have a second image, bcc05-3b.jpg, of the third crew 5. Image sent by crew member Jim Coffman. Here are the third crew 5 names for the second image. The second third crew 5 image was taken January 1970. B&W, about 124K, added 08/02/08.

Image bcc06-1.jpg, image provided by crew member Joe Hackling, via Cliff Jensen. Here are the the first crew 6 member names. Added 04/29/10, about 191K.

Image bcc06-3.jpg, image provided by crew member Terrel Wade. Here is the known the third crew 6 member names. Added 10/13/11, about 201K.

Image bcc07-1.jpg is the first Batcat Crew 7 Photo. Image provided by Jerry Peppenger, who can be seen at the front row right. These are the names now available for the first crew 7. If you can add other names please contact Larry Westin. Gerald Boisen provided additional names for the first crew 7. Daniel Marquez provided another name for the first crew 7. Elizabeth Ray, daughter of navigator Gerald C. Grotz, added a name for the first crew 7 and provided a higher resolution image. First added 08/16/99, Updated 11/07/01, crew image about 145K.

Image bcc07-3.jpg is the third Batcat Crew 7 Photo. Image provided by Grover Wilson, Co-Pilot on this crew. Here is a list of the third crew 7 names. Crew image about 173K, Added 05/06/07.

Image bcc08-1.jpg is the first Batcat Crew 8 Photo. Image provided by John Rohland, flight engineer. These are the names now available for the first crew 8, with names updated by Jim Bishop, and Richard Kawana. Please contact me if you can help with additional names. Crew image about 65K, added 03/01/08, with names updated 06/26/09.

Image bcc08-2b.jpg is another image of the second Batcat Crew 8 Photo, taken in March 1969.  Image provided by crew member Allan Donahue. Here is an image of the back side of image bcc08-2b.jpg with some names. Here in text form are the names now available for the second crew 8 "b" photo.  I received the April 69 photo below first, so this photo has the letter "b" in the name, it is listed first because of the date taken.  Please contact me if you can help with additional names.  Greg Moore and Bill Borror have added additional names. "b" photo about 107K, back side of "b" about 98K. Added 6/13/04, names last updated 09/24/08.

Here is a casual image of the second crew 8. Known names are shown in the image. Not sure if this fits with the bcc08-2, or bcc08-2b image. My thanks to crew member John Putnam for sending the image, and adding the known names. If you can add more names please contact John Putnam. Color, added added 03/09/08.

Image bcc08-2.jpg is the second Batcat Crew 8 Photo, taken in April 1969. Image provided by Jim Bertram, aircraft commander. These are the names now available for the second crew 8. Please contact me if you can help with additional names.  Added 9/02/02, updated 02/26/09.

Image bcc08-3.jpg is the third Batcat Crew 8 Photo, taken in December 1969. Image provided by Frank Ventimiglia, RMT. These are the names now available for the third crew 8. Please contact me if you can help with position in the image to a name.  Color, about 135K, added 09/24/08.

Image bcc09-2.jpg is of the second crew number 9. Image provided by crew member Edward Penny. Known seccond crew 9 Names here.  Crew photo taken in the second half of 1969. Added 05/02/02, updated 03/16/08, about 143K.

Image bcc09-3.jpg is of the third crew number 9. Image provided by crew member Ray Sestak. Known third crew 9 names here. If you can help provide additional crew names please contact me. Ray is the second from the left standing. Crew photo taken February 9, 1970. John Stepens provided the name of his father, Bill Stephens, updated 04/22/04. Further update 08/09/13 from Jessica Lueras, grand daughter of Captain Thomas Etienne. Added 8/27/99, Updated 08/09/13, color, about 211K.

Image bcc10-1.jpg is of the first crew 10.  Crew member James Eaton sent me a second image of the first crew 10, check bcc10-1a.jpg is similar but a slightly different angle, and provided more crew 10 names.  Here is an updated list of the first crew 10 names. Image provided by crew member Rick Wehlan. Added 04/28/03, updated 5/07/05, about 80K and 96K.  NEW UPDATE - David Dotson a crewmember of the original crew 10, sent me this image of the first crew 10 - bcc10-1b.jpg, with aircraft commander Lt. Col. Graham fling, known as "Flings Farrets." Greg Stevens another member of the first crew 10 assures me that the image I have labeled bcc10-1b.jpg is the actual first crew 10.  At this moment in time I thought about renaming 1b to 1 to indicate it is the first crew 10, however I have this cross referenced in multiple places and I'm afraid I'll miss changing the names some place.  So for the time being anyway I'll continue to show this as bcc10-1b.jpg.  Crew member names for image bcc10-1b.jpg are bcc10-1b.txt. I will work out learning precisely what the other crew 10 images are in the future.  This 10b image about 81K, added 05/21/06, updated 10/29/06.

Image bcc10-3.jpg is of the third crew 10. Here is a list of the third crew 10 names. Image provided by crew member Bob Friedman. Names provided by Bob Friedman and Mike Yates, names corrected 11/28/04. Added 01/01/00, updated 11/28/04, about 76K.

Image bcc11-1.jpg is of the first crew 11. Here is a list of the first crew 11 names. Here is an image of the back of Ken Nagel's same first crew 11 photograph, bcc11-1n.jpg, showing the crew names, ranks and position. Crew image and names first provided by crew member Dale Lautenbach. Names updated 11/11/09 by Thomas Connelly, and names updated again 03/30/14 by Ken Nagel. Photo taken April 1968, image about 202K. Added 02/18/06, updated 03/30/14. Here is another image, bcc11-1kn.jpg of the first crew 11 taken May 1968 with Ken Nagel's camera using color slide film. This crew 11 color image includes a crew member who was not available for the earlier crew photo. This is a list of the first crew 11 names in the color image. Color image about 154K. Added 03/30/14.

Image bcc11-2.jpg is of the second crew 11.  Names not yet available.  Image provided by Juan Bazan. Added 7/8/01, about 63K.

Image bcc12-1.jpg, first crew 12 image provided by crew member John R. Clark, via Jerry Peppenger. Here are the known first crew 12 member names. Added 05/07/09, about 206K.

Image bcc12-2.jpg, second crew 12 image provided by crew member Eugene Horecka. Photo taken in April 1969. Here are the crew member names. Added 5/30/04, names updated 6/13/04, about 145K.

Image bcc12-3.jpg is the third crew 12. This image was sent by Ken Weeks, CIM and RO. See the known Known third crew 12 Names. If you can provide the crew number, or any more information, please contact me. This was previously listed as unknown crew number 4, bccunk04.jpg. Crew number and name added by Richard Heiberg. Photo about 47K, added 05/20/11, updated 02/16/12.

Image bcc13-2.jpg, image provided by Roger Lazette. Photo is known to have been taken in late 1968 or early 1969, which makes this a second crew. Here are the crew member names. Added 11/26/01, Paul Karuntzos confirmed the crew number, updated 9/27/03, about 68K.

Image bcc13-3.jpg is of the third crew 13. Here is a list of the third crew 13 names. Image and info provided by crew member George Dearman. Added 06/11/05, about 95K.

Image bcc14-1.jpg is of the first crew 14. Here is a list of the first crew 14 names. Image and info provided by crew member Ron Degroff. Added 8/15/99, about 75K. Ron's e-mail updated 10/06/09.

Image bcc14-2.jpg is of the second crew 14. Here is a list of the second crew 14 names. Image and info provided by crew member Larry Blaylock. Added 04/23/07, about 58K.

Image bcc15-1.jpg is of the first crew 15. Here is a list of the known first crew 15 names. Image and info provided by crew member John Crowson. Added 01/24/10, updated 02/21/10, about 127K.

Image bcc15-2.jpg is of the second crew 15. Here is a list of the second crew 15 names. Here is a second image with the crew names included bcc15-2n.jpg Images and info provided by crew member Joe Boles. Added 12/15/08, images about 154K and 200K respectively.

Image bcc15-3.jpg is of the third crew 15 (1969-1970). Here is a list of the third crew 15 names. Image and info provided by crew member Joseph Slattery. Added 09/02/99, about 30K.

Image bcc16-1.jpg is of the first crew 16 (1967-1968). Here is a list of the first crew 16 names. Please contact me if you can add names. Image and info provided by crew member Bob Levy.  Added 10/26/08, about 115K.

Image bcc16-2.jpg is of the second crew 16 (1968-1969). Here is a list of the second crew 16 names. Here is a higher resolution image of the second crew 16, bcc16-2b.jpg. B&W, about 478K. Please contact me if you can add missing name. Image and info provided by crew member Bob Levy, with Jim Bost providing updated names.  Added 10/26/08, with names updated and high resolution image updated 03/21/12.

Image bcc26-1.jpg is of the first crew 26. Crew member Dick Napolitano provided this list of all initial first crew 26 names. Cliff Jensen provided a list of known first crew 26 names as shown in the photo. Color, about 149K, added 11/26/09, updated 11/30/09.

Image bcc26-2.jpg is of the second crew 26. Here is a view of a Crew 26 Inspection!. Here is a list of the second crew 26 names. Photos provided by Joe Gonzales. Images about 51 and 55K. Added 04/17/00, names updated by crew member Bill Schmieding, Updated 11/24/09.

Image bcc26-3.jpg is of the third crew 26 (1969-1970). Photo provided by Randy Spencer who flew 104 missions with Batcat. Help needed to identify the crew members. Known third crew 26 names. Please e-mail me if you can add additional crew names.

Image bcc27-1.jpg is of the first crew 27 (1967-1968). Photo provided by crew member Richard Ertz. Known first crew 27 names. Jerry Peppenger updated name. B&W, about 101K. Added 06/17/08, updated 04/19/09. Dick Napolitano provided this list of first crew 27 names. Added 11/26/09. Crew names added, updated by Cliff Jensen, updated 12/15/09.

Image bcc27-2.jpg is of the second crew 27. Photo provided by Paul Hasz. Updated 08/02/08, crew member John Wright provided the remaining names. Here are all the second crew 27 names. B&W, about 102K, Added 03/19/08, updated 08/02/08.

Image bcc28-1.jpg is of the second crew 28, Here is a list of the first crew 28 names. Image and info provided by Ralph Draper Jr., son of crewmember Ralph Draper.  Updated 09/12/08 with information from John Barram, names updated by Richard Neal 04/29/12. About 68K, added 04/28/03, updated 04/29/12.

Image bcc28-2.jpg is of the second crew 28, Here is a list of the second crew 28 names. Image and info provided by crewmember Lonnie Blankenship. Additional name to the list provided by Dennis McMahon. Spelling of names correct by Bob Pelletier. About 366K, added 12/10/00, image updated 02/22/14.

Image bcc28-3.jpg is of the third crew 28, photo taken in the spring of 1970. Here is a list of the third crew 28 names. Image and info provided by crewmember Lonnie Blankenship. About 520K on photo size, added 03/07/00, image updated 02/22/14.

Image bcc29-1.jpg is of the first crew 29. Here is a list of names of the first crew 29. This photo is a little different in that there is no EC-121R as a background, rather the flight line. My thanks to crewmember Richard Wygle for sending this image and list of names. Crew photo about 47K, added 12/10/00.

This image bcc29-1a.jpg is the more conventional view of the first crew 29. Here is a list of names of the first crew 29 in this view. My thanks to Aircraft Commander Dick Arnold for sending this image and list of names. Crew photo about 172K, added 07/05/08.

This image bcc29-1b.jpg is another photo of the first crew 29. Here is a list of the known names for this photo of the first crew 29. My thanks to Aircraft Commander Dick Arnold for sending this image and list of names. Crew photo B&W, about 201K, added 04/08/09.

Image bcc29-2.jpg is of the second crew 29. Dave Smith, who was onboard and survived the Sept. 6, 1969 Batcat loss, was part of this crew and provided the image. Dave is not shown in this crew photo because he was recovering in the hospital when the photo was taken. NOW for a really unusual crew photo, here is image crew29a.jpg in which you can see Dave Smith even though he was in the hospital recovering from crash injuriers. Added 10/28/00, about 46K. Here is a list of the known names for second crew 29. Known names supplied by Sam Russell, aircraft commander of the second crew 29. Names added 01/05/01, Dave Smith updated some names on 02/08/01, Alvin Teel added additional names 12/25/09 and 08/20/12.  Crew29a.jpg photo added 02/08/01. YET another second crew 29, Jerry Van Boxtel, flight engineer for crew 29 from October 1968 to October 1969, sent me this crew29b.jpg image. At the time this photo was taken Lt. Col. Magers was aircraft commander. Crew 29b names. Crew29b.jpg photo added 11/19/03,  names updated 02/24/08. Earl Brown, second crew 8-2b, provided the crew 29b names. 

Image bcc30-2.jpg is of the second crew 30. Here is a list of names second crew 30.  My thanks to Mike Burroughs, who was not assigned to this crew, but was flying with them the day the photo was taken in January 1969.  Crew photo about 67K, added 9/28/02.

At this point I don't have an image of the third crew 30, however I do har a partial list of names. Third crew 30 names provided by Chuck Lavoie. Added 08/07/11.

Image bcc31-1.jpg is of the first crew 31. Image and info provided by crewmember Bob Malone. Here is a list of the names for the  first crew 31 names were know as Hendley's Horsemen. Image about 43K, added 5/15/01.

Image bcc31-1b.jpg is another view of what I believe if the first crew 31. Image and info provided by Tom Forbes. Here is a list of the names for the first crew 31b names. Tom Forbes was assigned to the wing and flew with multiple crews, but I believe this is also a first crew 31 photo. Photo taken August 1968, image about 149K, added 6/13/04.

Image is the second crew 31. This image has a different naming convention, normally I would name the image bcc31-2.jpg, but because this was the crew of the "Da Nang Glider" the image name is "DNG_crew_names.jpg," the EC-121R which had all 4 engines stopped inflight with the propellers feathered. My thanks to Mason Ezzell for providing this image and crew names on the image. Mason Ezzell was the co-pilot on the "Da Nang Glider" at the time of the incident.  B&W, about 363K, added 08/02/08.

Image bcc32-2.jpg is of the second crew 32. Image and info provided by crewmember Walt Troy. Walt's e-mail address is listed on the contact page. Image about 65K, added 8/1/00.  Mike Burroughs has provided a list of the names for the  second crew 32 names. Crew names added 6/1/01.

Image bcc32-3.jpg is of the third crew 32. Image provided by crewmember Craig LeFevre. Craig doesn't have a list of names, except his own as shown in bcc32-3.txt. If you can provide any additional names please contact me. Crew image is about 104K, added 01/25/04. Stephen Dmytriw has added some crew names, updated 2/14/04.

Image bcc33-1.jpg is of the first crew 33. Image provided by crewmember Daniel LeSage. Dan sent me a second image of the back of the photo with the crew 33 names, hopefully I transcribed them correctly. For a list of names take a look at bcc33-1.txt. Crewmember Ruddy Scheithauer corrected crew names 08/14/08. Crewmember William Robinson corrected crew names 12/08/11. Crew image is about 72K, added 03/05/02, updated 12/08/11.

Image bcc33-2.jpg is of the second crew 33. Image bcc33-2b.jpg is the second crew 33 in higher resolution. Here is a list of names for the second crew 33, bcc33-2.txt. Image provided by crewmember James Rogers. Crew image is B&W, about 126K, high resolution image B&W, about 463K, added 03/18/12.

Image bcc33-3.jpg is of the third crew 33. Image provided by crewmember Paul Desrosiers. Paul sent me a second image of the back of the photo with the crew 33 names and autographs. Names shown on image bcc33-3n.jpg. Here is a text listing of the bcc33-3.txt crew names. Crew image is about 48K, crew name image about 72K, added 9/24/99, updated 2/14/04.

Image bcc34-1.jpg is of the first crew 34. Image provided by crewmember JJ Smith. List of first crew names, also proivded by JJ Smith. Crew photo is color, about 93K, added 1/21/01.

Image bcc34-2.jpg is of the first crew 34. Image provided by crewmember George Dearman. List of Second crew 34 names, also proivded by George Dearman. Crew photo is B&W, about 118K, added 06/11/05.

Image bcc35-1.jpg is of the first crew 35. Image provided by crewmember David Boyd. List of first crew 35 names. Crew photo is B&W, about 116K, added 08/02/08, names updated 10/26/08. Crew co-pilot Roy Spencer provided two additional photographs of the first crew 35. Both of these are color images, bcc35-1b.jpg, and bcc35-1c.jpg. About 41K and 59K, added 11/15/09.

Image bcc35-2.jpg is of the second crew 35. Image and known names provided by crewmember Bill Cash. List of known second crew 35 names. Crew photo is B&W, about 155K, added 12/19/08.

Image bcc36-1.jpg  is of the first crew 36.  Here is a list of the  first crew 36 names. Image and names provided by Lee McCraw, image about 71K, added 10/23/01. More names provided by crew member Mike Wright, and Bob Malone, updated 12/22/02.

Image bcc36-2.jpg is of the second crew 36. Image provided by crewmembert Evan Roxburgh. List of known second crew 36 names. Mike Burroughs added names 09/24/08. It may be this was actually crew 32. If you can add more please contact me. Added 03/18/06, updated 09/24/08, crew image about 77K.

Image bcc37-1.jpg is of the first crew 37. Image provided by crewmember Garold Messenger. List of known first crew 37 names. If you can add more names please contact me. Names updated by Roy Fretschlo and Mike Rubin. Added 01/01/09, names updated 02/26/10, crew image about 140K. Crewmember Roy Fretschl sent me a second view of the first crew 37. First crew 37, bcc37-1a.jpg, second view. List of names first crew 37 names for the second view. Second view of the first crew 37 was taken about April 1968. Added 05/22/09, crew image about 197K.

Image bcc37-3.jpg is of the third crew 37. Image provided by aircraft commander Paul Ray. List of known third crew 37 names. If you can add more please contact me. Added 4/12/00, crew image about 51K.

Image bcc38-1.jpg is of the first crew 38, at Korat from Oct. 67 to Oct. 68. Here is a list of the first crew 38 names. My thanks to Bob Harper for the image and names. Added 12/12/99, image is about 56K.

Image bcc38-2.jpg is of the second crew 38. Here is a list of the known second crew 38 names. My thanks to Joe Krussel for the image and names, and also to Bernard Stein who added names. Added 3/01/03, Updated 3/2/04, image is about 154K.

Image bcc39-1.jpg is of the first crew 39. Image provided by original crew 39 member Cliff Jensen.  Image Added 7/3/99, Updated 9/20/99, about 24K.  Daniel C. Marquez has provided many of the known names for the  first crew 39 names. Jim Satterwhite and Daniel Marquez provided additional name detail. Names added 11/26/01, updated 10/06/06.

Image bcc39-2.jpg is of the second crew 39. Image provided by crew 39 member Chuck Butt via Cliff Jensen. Here are the known names of the second crew 39. Names updated by Cliff Jensen and Chuck Butt 11/07/09. All members of the second crew 39 who flew the April 25, 1969 Batcat 21 mission (some second crew 39 members shown in the photo were not on the flight due to illness, leave, etc.) were killed with the loss. Names updated 11/24/11. Added 10/29/09, updated 11/24/11, about 165K.

Image bcc40-1.jpg is of the first crew 40, provided by crew member Hank Smith. Here are the known names of the first crew 40. First crew 40 names corrections by Dan McKenzie, updated April 13, 2005.  First crew 40 names corrections by Bob Parmeter, updated 02/12/07. First crew 40 names additions by Hank Smith, updated 12/15/09. Image Added 3/21/04, crew names last updated 12/15/09, image about 97K.

Image bcc40-2.jpg is of the second crew 40. Photo taken January 1969. Here is a list of the second crew 40 names. Image from crewmember Rick Broyer, names from crewmember Bruce Gunderson via Rick Broyer. Added 8/06/03, updated 11/11/03, image about 80K.  NOTE this is the crew which was flying on September 6, 1969 when the airplane landed short of the runway at Korat.  There were 4 fatalities from the crew, and 4 Thai National fatalities.

Image bcc41-1.jpg is of the first crew 41. Photo taken during 1968. Here is a list of first crew 41 names. Image and names from crewmember Larry Wheeler. Added 12/15/09, image about 122K.

Image bcc41-1b.jpg is of another first crew 41. Here is a list of this other first crew 41 names. Image from crewmember James H. "Robbie" Robinson. Names from crew member Al "Chip" Pudims. Added 12/21/09, image about 172K. Additional names, and confirmation this was the first crew 41, arriving in November 1967, from Bill Person, added 12/30/09. Added names provided by Ken Lowe, 02/06/10.

Image bcc41-2.jpg is of the second crew 41. Photo taken January 3, 1969. Here is a list of second crew 41 names. Image and names from crewmember Larry Westin. Added 7/3/99, image about 52K.  Corrected spelling of names 9/28/02. Added color image bcc41-2u.jpg of the second crew 41. I happened to have my camera with me when the crew photo was taken, and asked the USAF photographer to take a photograph with my camera, which he did. This is the result. Color, about 219K, Added 12/15/09.

Image bcc42-2.jpg is of the second crew 42.  Here is a list of second crew 42 names. Image and name from crewmember James (Jim) Humphrey. Added 12/04/02, image about 72K. Joe Marino has provided a list of the second crew 42, of Additional crew 42 names including some crew members who missed being in the photograph.


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