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I've been trying to put together a shadow box for my long deceased father who flew KB-50's early in his career in El Paso Texas. What a Joy it was to see his name on your website. I wonder if somebody could help me determine a correct patch to put in for his shadow box. I'm guessing he was in the 431st because one of my sisters was born in El Paso in 1963. Military legacy's are strong. I am a Chaplain in the Army Stationed in Korea. The best way to reach me is via my email. Christopher.e.offen.mil@mail.mil or Christopher.offen@yahoo.com
Christopher Offen <Christopher.offen@yahoo.com>
Monday, August 24, 2015

I was in Maintenance Control (Planning & Scheduling) at RAF Station Sculthorpe UK, 1958-1961. Was trolling your membership roster and obits for KB50 pilot,1st Lt.E. Price regarding a multi"probe & drogue" event over East Anglia, probably in "59 or"60. (My supervisor at the time was SMSgt. Zane Adams, ex-420th ARef Sqdn. One of the original "super-sergeants.")
Tom Perry CMSGT USAF Ret. <sqidjigr@cox.net>
Sunday, August 23, 2015

Looking at all the old photos...wish I could see Dad(Kent) in a few of them.
Keith Hayden <keithhayden@gmail.com>
Tuesday, August 11, 2015

I have moved my father Bob Peterson to Chicago to be closer to me. If anyone lives close and would like to visit, please email me or call at 224-213-0752. Thanks
Mike Peterson <mike_peterson@live.com>
Sunday, June 28, 2015

Great site. Brings back lots of memories when I was stationed at Langley as a refueling specialist in the 427Th ARS from 1959-1962. Charlie
Charles E. Earhart <cor.cee@verizon.net>
Saturday, June 27, 2015

Thinking of my Dad during this anniversary of his passing...he had such a great time with the Tac Tankers Association. Thank you for being his second family. I miss him so much.
Nate Hill <nate.hill@verizon.net>
Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Hello one and all. I am Nate Hill's younger daughter, Margie. Natalie mentioned your upcoming reunion and I wanted to wish you all well. Last Friday was the one year anniversary of Dad's passing (4/24) and it's been a rough week. Like they say, "You don't know what you've got 'til it's gone." Holly, Nate and I miss Dad a lot. I'm sure you do too. He was so very proud of the Tac Tankers Association. And as I look at the numbers in your membership, I see why. Please pass around some hugs for Dad and have "a taste" in his memory. Blessings to you all, Margie
Margie Donnell <mdonnell001@columbus.rr.com>
Saturday, May 2, 2015

I would appreciate any information on Byron H Crotwell. Did you know Byron? KIA, VN, 1966.
Thanks in advance,
Also, a hello to Frank Jeanmard
Joseph Tullier <jft2025@me.com>
Tuesday, March 17, 2015

4505 CAMS Airman Tire shop 1960-62
Lawrence A Vandivier <lvandivi@juno.com>
Sunday, March 1, 2015


50 years ago in Feb.1965 the last flight for KB50J aircraft 49-0389
departed Biggs AFB Texas to Wright Patterson AFB OH
Grant Thompson <grant.thompson@att.net>
Monday, February 23, 2015

I was wondering if anyone knew my grandfather. His name is Kenneth Charles Bohn (K.C.) and he was a reel operator on the KB-50J from 1959 to 1965 at Biggs.
Kenneth Bohn <Nuke_mm@hotmail.com>
Tuesday, February 10, 2015

My father was in the 421st in 1960-61 at Yokota AB. He is getting older and not good at computers and to frail to travel to reunions. I would like to help him re-join the assoc. His name is Frederick Cook.
Anyone out there that knows him, please email me. Thank you so much for this site.
Mitzi Urwiler <murwiler@hotmail.com>
Saturday, January 24, 2015

Was with 429th Air Refueling Squadron in 1955 at Langley AFB VA.. Airplane Radio and Shop Repair. Was one of first to take the Bermuda trip. Whole crew was arrested by shore patrol for inadvertently going to an off limits bar.
Gene Chirillo <Gennaro@aol.com>
Saturday, January 24, 2015

431st AREFS Hydraulic Shop 1958-1963. Turner AFB, Ga. Biggs AFB Tx
Charles K Crowder <caysee2@gmail.com>
Monday, January 12,2015

431st AREFS, Biggs AFB... C&E tech 60-63... interested in hearing from anyone in my old unit...
Ken Vanstory <kevanstory@aol.com>
Sunday, November 16,2014

I really enjoyed scanning through this site. I will send my membership application. I was in the 429th CAMS (Airborne Navigational Aids). Stationed at Langley 1962-1963. Discharged when unit disbanded at England AFB, LA. Getting too old to remember many of the guys but sure would appreciate an opportunity to see if maybe one or two are still around.
James A. McCrary <jm4284@aol.com>
Sunday, November 9,2014

My dad was Jack Callahan. He along with 6 other men were killed in a tanker plane crash on August 13, 1964 in Yokota, Japan. My mom two sisters, my brother and I were over there with him. I was twelve years old. Thank you for creating this website. It is a nice way of honoring these veterans. I will never forget that day, it was horrible. There were four survivors. One of the survivors came to our house in Japan and told us what happened. That helped us a lot.
Kathy C Robertson <kathyrobertson154@yahoo.com>
Tuesday, September 9,2014

As a former member of the 420th ARS ( Boom Operator, 1954-1958), I have enjoyed photo 's and information on your Web site.
Jim Mitchell (Mitch) <jpmitchell@rio-express.net>
Thursday, August 28, 2014

I am looking for information about my wife's uncle: Jack Leland Green, 622nd AREFS. He was killed in an in-flight accident c. 1958-59. Any info would be appreciated. Thanks.
Mike Connolly <smuconnolly@hotmail.com>
Saturday, July 12, 2014

I served with both the 622nd AREFS and 431st AREFS. I was a reel operator on KB-50D's AND KB-50J's, also the KB-29.
William J. Lyons <lyonsden1109@aol.com>
Friday, June 20, 2014

I am looking for photographs of my Dad, Ronald DeLibertis - Roswell, NM.
Richard DeLibertis <rdelib@earthlink.net>
Thursday, May 29, 2014

Good evening. A long time friend and former TAC Tanker member let me know of your organization. My husband, SMS Farrel Johnson, (AFRET) was with the 427th in Georgia and transferred to Langley AFB. His tanker (454) was the last of the squadron to be decommissioned. He moved on to the TAC Command Crew. He retired in 1974 from Loring AFB, ME (B-52s) to Seaford, VA before moving to MN in 2000. He died at the Fargo VA Hosp in 2008. For those of you who knew him, keep flying. R/Sara Johnson
Sara Johnson <faandme@gvtel.com>
Monday, March 26, 2014

I was with the 622nd briefly in the summer of 1957.
Larry Liska <lll1864@hotmail.com>
Monday, March 3, 2014

My Father, Hardin Bailey was killed in Oct.1960. 427th, Crashed outside of Langle.
Carol Bailey Hitt <Chitt_60@yahoo.com>
Saturday, February 1, 2014

I was an in-flight refueling operator in the 429th ARS, Langley AFB. Jan.1958-Jul.1960. Spent many TDY's in the Azores. There was nothing like heading for Newfoundland in the winter with one feathered.
Jon A Ericson <r1100rt.eric@gmail.com>
Sunday, November 10, 2013

HELLO! I am the great nephew of Ltc. Malcolm L. O'Neale, Jr., a former TacTankers pilot and commander. Though now deceased, his love of country and aviation is the legacy I have been blessed to carry on. Despite the separation by the miles, I am interested in learning more about those who flew and worked with my great uncle and thus keep his memory alive. Please send any info to me via email to the address above at your convenience as it will be greatly appreciated.
Sincerely,
Charles V. Bryant,Ocala, Florida <bryantc1@marion.k12.fl.us>
Friday, October 25, 2013

622nd...61/64 and 431st...64/65. 
Good to see so many familiar names on the active list of former Kaboom-50 folks!!!
JB St.John <jstjohn1066@gmail.com>
Sunday, October 20nd, 2013

This is the first time I visited your site. Very informative but very difficult, for this is the first time I saw my dad's name someplace else, under Deceased. Thank You all for making that part of his life so rewarding. Look forward to seeing you at the next reunion.
Adam D Belenzon <adbelenzon@yahoo.com>
Tuesday, October 1st, 2013

Enjoyed 3 1/2 years with the 427th as Crew Chief flying on the Kb-50's at Langley AFB, Hampton,VA. I miss the starting up of the engines, feeling the power on takeoff. Wow!! That was the best years of my life. I knew it was very dangerous, but loved it. Still have the memories. Hope to meet up someday with some of the guys I was with in VA.
Franklin Richie <burst@emailmeform.com>
Tuesday, September 17th, 2013

Worked as a 43151A from 1961 to 1964. Married a English girl that worked in the BX.
Ray Antkowiak <rayantkowiak@yahoo.com>
Thursday, August 29th, 2013

Pilot, 421st Yokota AB 1963-5
Herbert A Hazen <malagah39@hotmail.com>
Tuesday, August 20th, 2013

Family memeber of Tech SGT. Francisco Q. Quinata U.S. AIR FORCE Retired would like to contact Thomas Fuller Tech SGT. U.S. AIR FORCE stationed at Yokota Air Base Japan. SGT. FULLER is married to Akia with daughter Juanita.
Nikki Quinata Santos G/D <nikki_santos21@yahoo.com>
Thursday, July 25th, 2013

I just found this site, and have to say it is great. My dad was with the 420th at Sculthorpe in 54-56. I sure wish I could have found these sites when he was still alive. I did find one picture of the plane he worked on, tail number 906, at what looked like an open house. Do you or anyone know of any other pictures of this KB-29P anywhere on the net?
Thanks and keep up the great work
Paul Peck <clarkdaletrain05@yahoo.com>
Wednesday, July 24th, 2013

I was in the 420th. 1961-1963. AFSC 43151a
Ray Antkowiak <rayantkowiak@yahoo.com>
Monday, July 8th, 2013

I worked in the Jet Engine shop with the 4505th Maintenance Sq. at Langley. Stationed there from 1958-1962. Squadron Training NCO 1960-62.
Ed Townes <etownes@aol.com>
Wednesday, June 19th, 2013

My dad (Elroy Harworth) flew with the 421st out of Yokota AB Japan in the early 1960's. If anyone knew him, please feel free to give me a call at 715-629-7086. -Troy
Troy Harworth <troyharworth@comcast.net>
Saturday, June 8th, 2013

431st AREFS January 1960-December 1962. Nav. Equipt. Repair... AFSC 30151... Would be interested in communicating with members of that unit...
Kenneth Vanstory <kevanstory@aol.com>
Monday, May 27th, 2013

My grandpa Bobby Oliver was part of the 431st. He has passed away today May 26. We will miss him
Andy Oliver <andyoliver@yahoo.com>
Saturday, May 25th, 2013

Pilot -429th from 56 to 59. Former TAC Tanker member before I retired in 95. Now living in Rio Grande Valley, TX. It's great to see some names from the past. I just tuned in and learned about St. Louis, timing is bad, UCSII. I'll be there a week later for a graduation. I just joined EAA 595 this year - so airplanes are still in my life.
E. Keith Michal <ekmichal@aol.com>
Wednesday, May 15th, 2013

I was at England AFB from 1960 to 1964. Recip engines. Moved on to C130s in Tennessee.
Jim Yarbrough <jyms83@msn.com>
Wednesday, April 24th, 2013

431st Biggs AFB El Paso Tx 1959-1962 AC 49-0321
Martin C (Butch) James <lomo71340@aol.com>
Sunday, April 14th, 2013

I crew chiefed a KB50j 1957 and 1958. I was with the 421st out of Yokota.
John Bash <jbash8@cfl.rr.com>
Sunday, April 21st, 2013

My father just passed away April 1, 2013. I'm going through his Air Force paperwork and saw he was in the 427th Air Refueling Squadron in Langley Air Force Base. He was in the Air Force from 1955-1963. If anyone would have pictures or any info, please feel free to email me. Even just some general info. Thank you
I forgot to include my Dad's name. Donald E Keim, who was a Personal Equipment Specialist. (April 15th)
Julie (Keim) Hyland <Misspageantmom@gmail.com>
Sunday, April 14th, 2013

Hope to see a lot of old friends in St Louis.
Jerry Reed <camphobo1@msn.com>
Wednesday, April 10th, 2013

I was in the 421st at Yokota from 1955 to 1958 as a mechanic/electrician. The KB-50J arrived some where in this time period.
Paul Higgins <fdmhiggins@verizon.net>
Tuesday, April 2nd, 2013

I would like to invite all TAC Tanker veterans who went into C-130s and other troop carrier aircraft to participate with us in the Troop Carrier/Tactical Airlift Associaton. Our web site is at www.troopcarrier.org.
Sam McGowan <semcgowanjr@gmail.com>
Wednesday, March 27th, 2013

My father Hardin "Bill" Bailey was in the 427th ARS. He was killed in Oct.1960, at Plumtree Island, Virginia.
They were doing training when the KB50 crashed.
He was a boom operator instructor.
Carol Hitt <chitt_60@yahoo.com>
Wednesday, March 27th, 2013

Arrived El Paso TX assigned to the 431st July 1959 - till they deactivated. I was in Cams, Aero Repair shop and later a Crew Chief. I worked for Sgt Workman and Tommie Jones. I don't remember who I worked for on the flight line. I recall the TDYs to Hawaii, Wake Island, and many more. I thought I would never forget our Maintenance Officer but with old age I have. I would love to become a member.
Gilberto Torres <gilberto.torres@sbcglobal.net>
Monday, March 25th, 2013

Lots of memories associated with this site. Thanks for a great job.
Former KB29 Boom Operator in the 420th ARS from Nov 1954 to July 1958 stationed at Alexandria, LA and Sculthorpe, England. I will be sending my membership application in and hope to make the Reunion in St. Louis.
James L. Mitchell <jpmitchell@rio-express.net>
Friday, March 22nd, 2013

My name is Taylor Harkey,
My PawPaw was in the Air Force some odd years ago and would never talk about it to us, his grandkids. I would like to know more about him, if there is anything you could help me with. His name is John Lee Kinser. He passed away 1 year ago last month and I have some really interesting pictures that lead me to wanting to know more. I also inherited his computer, that's where I found this website. .
His favorite grandson,
Taylor Lee Harkey <taylorharkey23@gmail.com>
Wednesday, February 27th, 2013

Nice site. KB-29 boom operator, Malstrom AFB, Great Falls, Montana. 1956-1957
Bernard Jarvis <brjar516@aol.com>
Wednesday, February 27th, 2013

Former TTA member and would like to re-join if possible. 431st Crew Chief 1961-63
Floyd E. Middleton <floyd.middleton@yahoo.com.au>
Thursday, January 24th, 2013

I want to wish all of you a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year, and thank you for your membership and continued support of the TACTankers Reunion Association. For those who are able, we look forward to seeing you in St. Louis. If you will be attending one of our reunions for the first time, you can look forward to meeting up with a wonderful group of people, and making some new friends. Plus, you'll be having a lot of fun while you're there.
Special thanks go to Nate and Natalie for all the effort they put into running the organization, and to our webmaster Crissy Devine and her son Nick Lorenzi for the great job they do managing our website. It is a pleasure both to know and work with all of them.
Lou Chapman-VP TacTankers <lchapman@softcom.net>
Friday, Devember 21st, 2012

Thanks.I was stationed at Biggs,1961-1966-NCO Club. Nice to see an active Association. Keep up the great work.
Dick Lawson <dick80538@yahoo.com>
Monday, October 29th, 2012

Does anyone remember my Dad, Captain John Jay Addington. He was a KB-29/KB-50 pilot with the 421st Air Refueling Squadron. We were stationed at Yokota from 1955-1959.
While waiting for base housing, we lived first at Fussa Heights, then Ichi Bon Heights. As kids we loved playing in foxholes and going to school in underground bunkers.
After Dad was transferred stateside, he became a B-52 pilot. He served our country during the Cuban Missile Crisis and retired as a Major in 1964. He continued his passion for flying, piloting corporate jets, and had the opportunity to fly for Francis Ford Coppola.
He was the fixed wing pilot when filming "Apocalypse Now". A camera was mounted on his Mitsibushi to film the Helicopter scenes.
Dad pulled back on the stick in 1999 and the houses got smaller and smaller till they disappeared. We know he is happy, because he lived the way he wanted, feet off the ground and head in the clouds. If you remember him, or can relate to his life, please respond. It would do his daughter's heart's good!
Just another proud Air Force Brat!!!
Victoria Scaccia <want2blade@yahoo.com>
Friday, October 26th, 2012

My father was SSgt James L. Smith, Jr., (Jim or Smitty), and assigned to the 427th in Langley from early '60 to '63. He passed on Christmas Day 2007 at the age of 82. I am in possession of his papers and records, some of which you may or may not find interesting. I have a list of all crews, rank and position, of the 427th dated 15 Nov 1960, assigned to A thru E Flight. Also extant is a list of all personnel, their wives, and their addresses within the Langley area. Also; some newspaper clippings from 1962 concerning a lost-at-sea 427th KB-50 that was bound for the Azores; a couple other interesting items. I think I should have no problem scanning these items and e-mailing them if you are interested in seeing them and you can decide whether or not to post them. Let me know. Thank-you for your hard work on this site and for your service. Sincerely -- Dave
David Smith <dws5382@yahoo.com>
Friday, October 12th, 2012

Hello! I was an assistant crew chief at Biggs AFB El Paso TX  1960-1964. I'm glad I found this photo file of the aircraft I crewed.
Charles R. Fuller <thefullerhouse@comcast.net>
Tuesday, October 2nd, 2012

Your website has brought back great memories of my time in the 431st at Turner Field in 1958 and 59. I surely remember Lajes and those old Quonset huts we bunked in, especially when it rained and the floor was covered with about an inch of water. A better TDY was the time we were at Hickam AFB for a couple of months. I'd like to hear from anyone who remembers me.
Robert Baumgartner <rlbann@cableone.net>
Friday, September 28th, 2012

Thank you for your service!
Debbie Jones <ymrcusa@gmail.com>
Thursday, September 27th, 2012

Just found this site. I was with 420th AREFS from 1/54 to 2/55. Actually at Alex working in base jet engine shop till 420th was started. Was a flt engr with Capt Kaphammer's crew till 10/54. Then was off flight status because I was planning discharge in 2/55. Was at squadron prop shop until discharge. I really like this website. a lot of memories.
Arthur (Art) Pitts <kskakes@maxiis.com>
Thursday, September 20th, 2012

I was in the 420th AREFS from Aug. 54 to Aug. 58. I was an RT on KB-29's.
Bob Dawson <dawson73jean@optonline.net>
Tuesday, September 18th, 2012

Served as AP with 4440th Air Delivery Group, Det 5 at Lajes, Azores from March 1958-Nov 1959 as a PCS assignment from Shaw AFB. Have been in touch with Lou Chapman of your organization and forwarded some photos I took at Lajes of KB-50s & F-104s on the flight line. Would really like to hookup with any other members of my detachment or others who were at Lajes if they are still above ground.
Nick Garrett <ocgarretts@aol.com>
Saturday, September 15th, 2012

I was in the 4505th CAMS in 1958 and transferred to the 427th in early 1958 as an assistant crew chief with S/Sgt Charlie Monka and later with Bill Cool on #451. I got in on the 'goodwiil' trip to Pakistan and Iran in '59. In 1960 I went to the 420th at Sculthorpe and crewed with S/Sgt Joe Boutin. I loved those planes and the people associated with them! They kept me in the Air Force for 20 years.
Bill Goodwin <chilkoot@charter.net>
Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Many accolades for our talented webmaster Crissy who designed and produced this website and to her follow-on helpers who maintain and update it when changes or revisions are made.
"Walt" Larimer <larlocks@aol.com>
Wednesday, August 29, 2012

My husband is Alan Gene Yerger, and he has an aversion to computers! He talks about his 4 year stint in the Air Force more and more as he gets older. What a impression those few years has made in his lifetime. Just had to send a big HELLO from Alan, for the good times. Wonderful site for my old timer. Now, if only I can get him on this computer, away from his reading. Looks forward to your newsletter, from beginning to end. Thank you for the effort of keeping their past alive. It means so much to him!
Dolores Yerger <irineth@epix.net>
Monday, August 27, 2012

I was assigned to the 622nd ARS (TAC) ENGLAND AFBase, La from 30 April 1960 to 22 June 1961 Rank SSgt (P-1).
SFC Charles R. Carder USA Ret <kd5zgi2@clear.net>
Monday, August 27, 2012

I served with the 622nd from Feb 57 to Sept 60. Have a lot of memories, some good, some bad. I remember when we lost a plane during a max effort on take off. I will never forget. I knew all onboard, so it was a very sad time. I loved that outfit and made a lot of good friends. I am now 74 and have forgot most of their names. It would be nice to get a list of names of all who served during 1957-60.
Kenneth Berube <kennethberube@gmail.com>
Monday, August 6, 2012

I arrived at Langley AFB in 1950, from Sheppard AFB TX. In the Electric Shop. Worked KB29'S KB50'S, KB50J'S. Went to 4505th CAMS when formed. Then to Saudi Arabia and back to Langley till discharged. Have very fond memories. Loved those TDY'S.  Still reside here in Newport News VA..
Carl E. Mahady TSgt <Sk8Mahady@cox.net>
Saturday, July 7, 2012

I was with Det.3 4505th ARW Lajes,Azores 61-62. A/1c Supply. Great Web Site!
Harry McKenna <harrymckenna@sbcglobal.net>
Saturday, July 7, 2012

At Turner 1958/59 A/1st Radar
AL Lafleur <alberthlafleur@aol.com>
Sunday, July 5, 2012

Was the 421st AREFS flight records clerk in 1960. Was an A/1C.
Jerry R. McCollum <jerry_mccollum@bellsouth.net>
Sunday, July 1, 2012

Served with the 421st at Yokota AFB in early 1960 until around September 1961, leaving suddenly on an emergency leave. Worked aircraft supply.
Frank Fleming <Fleming1942@gmail.com>
Thursday, June 28, 2012

Hi, Enjoyed the site, Thanks guys! z3py
Robert H Smith <rhsii@windstream.net>
Thursday, June 28, 2012

WHAT A GREAT REFRESH ON THE WEB SITE!
IT CERTAINLY PROVIDES A SUPERB PRESENTATION - CONGRATULATIONS ! ! !
WE DO LOOK FORWARD TO SEEING ALL IN SAINT LOUIS IN 2013.
CYNTHIA and ED - TAC RECCE  <ecm_mil@yahoo.com>
Tuesday, June 26, 2012

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