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Korean War
Headquarters Far East Air Forces (HQ FEAF), the organization responsible for awarding victory credits during the Korean Conflict, required proof of the destruction of enemy aircraft before issuing general orders to confirm claims. This proof usually consisted of witness statements, gun camera film, or the sighting of aircraft wreckage…. Following the policy used for apportioning victory credits in World War II, FEAF divided into fractions each credit awarded to more than one flyer. For example, if two fighter pilots shot down the same airplane, each received a half credit. Korean victory credits were never divided between more than two men.

Name

Unit

Kills

Enemy

Aircraft

Date

1st Lt. Robert H. Dewald

35 FS

1

IL-10

F-80

June 27, 1950

1st Lt. William G. Hudson

68 FS

1

Yak-11

F-82

June 27, 1950

Maj. James W. Little

339 FS

1

La-7

F-82 

June 27, 1950

1st Lt. Charles B. Moran

68 FS

1

La-7

F-82

June 27, 1950

Capt. Raymond E. Schillereff 

35 FS

1

IL-10

F-82

June 27, 1950

1st Lt. Robert E. Wayne

35 FS

2

IL-10

F-80

June 27, 1950

1st Lt. Richard J. Burns

35 FS

1

IL-10

F-80

June 29, 1950

1st Lt. John B. Thomas

36 FS

1

Yak-9

F-51

June 30, 1950

1st Lt. Charles A. Wurster

36 FS

1

ak-9 

F-80

June 30, 1950

Capt. Francis B. Clark

35 FS

1

Yak-9

F-80

July 17, 1950

2nd Lt. Elwood A. Kees

36 FS

1

Yak-9

F-80

July 19, 1950

1st Lt. Robert D. McKee

36 FS

1

Yak-9

F-80

July 19, 1950

1st Lt. Charles A. Wurster

36 FS

1

Yak-9

F-80

July 19, 1950

2nd Lt. David H. Goodnough

35 FS

1

Yak-9

F-80

July 20, 1950

Capt. Robert L. Lee

35 FS

1

Yak-9

F-80

July 20, 1950

1st Lt. Howard J. Landry

36 FS

1

Mig-15

F-80

March 17, 1951

2nd Lt. Robert E. Smith

36 FS

1

Mig-15

F-80

Dec. 1, 1951






















Korean War Totals
35th Fighter Squadron

8

36th Fighter Squadron

7

68th Fighter Squadron

2

339th Fighter Squadron

1

8th Fighter Bomber Wing Total

18


Southeast Asia (Vietnam War)
“Evaluators considered an enemy aircraft destroyed if it crashed, disintegrated, lost a vital flying component, caught fire, or was abandoned by its pilot. Confirming evidence consisted of written contemporary testimony of one or more witnesses, gun camera film from the time, or the sighting of enemy aircraft wreckage immediately after the event…. During the conflict in Southeast Asia, Air Force Chief of Staff John D. Ryan directed that each member of a two-man crew receive one full credit for the destruction of a hostile aircraft. Up to four men (two 2-man crews) could each receive one full credit for destroying a single enemy airplane. This liberal method of apportioning credit departed from the World War II practice of dividing credit into equal fractions among those responsible. It more closely resembled the World War I French and American systems of awarding whole credits to everyone involved in a victory. Totalling the Southeast Asia victories will therefore not produce the number of enemy airplanes destroyed in air-to-air combat.”

Unlike during Korea, the 8th Tactical Fighter Wing flew two-seat aircraft in Vietnam. Both crewmembers in the F-4 Phantom received a full credit when they shot down an enemy aircraft, instead of splitting the credit between them. The unit, of course, received only one credit for each enemy aircraft. The only partial credits occurred when two separate fighters shot down the same enemy aircraft. In these cases, all involved crewmembers received a half credit. In the following list, the crew positions, in parentheses, follow the names. For the first several years of the Vietnam conflict, the F-4 crew consisted of an aircraft commander (the front-seater), and a pilot (the back-seater). Later, the term "weapons systems officer", or "WSO" (pronounced “wizzo”), replaced the designation "pilot" for the back-seater. 

Name

Unit

Kills

Enemy

Aircraft

Date

Capt. Robert E. Blake

555 TFS

1

MiG-17

F-4C

April 23, 1966

1st Lt. S.W. George

555 TFS

1

MiG-17

F-4C

April 23, 1966

           
Capt. Max F. Cameron

555 TFS

1

MiG-17

F-4C

April 23, 1966

1st Lt. Robert E. Evans

555 TFS

1

MiG-17

F-4C

April 23, 1966

           
Capt. William B.D. Dowell

555 TFS

1

MiG-17

F-4C

April 29, 1966

1st Lt. Halbert E. Gossard

555 TFS

1

MiG-17

F-4C

April 29, 1966

           
Capt. Larry R. Keith

555 TFS

1

MiG-17

F-4C

April 29, 1966

1st Lt. Robert A. Bleakley

555 TFS

1

MiG-17

F-4C

April 29, 1966

           
Capt. Lawrence H. Golberg

555 TFS

1

MiG-17

F-4C

April 30, 1966

1st Lt. Gerald D. Hardgrave

555 TFS

1

MiG-17

F-4C

April 30, 1966

           
1st. Lt. Jerry W. Jameson

555 TFS

1

MiG-17

F-4C

Sept. 16, 1966

1st Lt. Douglas B. Rose

555 TFS

1

MiG-17

F-4C

Sept. 16, 1966

           
Col. Robin Olds

555 TFS

1

MiG-21

F-4C

Jan. 2, 1967

1st Lt. Charles Clifton

555 TFS

1

MiG-21

F-4C

Jan. 2, 1967

           
Capt. Walter Radeker III

555 TFS

1

MiG-21

F-4C

Jan. 2, 1967

1st Lt. James E. Murray

555 TFS

1

MiG-21

F-4C

Jan. 2, 1967

           
Capt. Everett T. Raspberry Jr.

555 TFS

1

MiG-21

F-4C

Jan. 2, 1967

1st Lt. Robert W. Western

555 TFS

1

MiG-21

F-4C

Jan. 2, 1967

           
1st. Lt. Ralph F. Wetterhahn

555 TFS

1

MiG-21

F-4C

Jan. 2, 1967

1st Lt. Jerry K. Sharp

555 TFS

1

MiG-21

F-4C

Jan. 2, 1967

           
Maj. Philip P. Combies

433 TFS

1

MiG-21

F-4C

Jan. 2, 1967

1st. Lt. Lee R. Dutton

433 TFS

1

MiG-21

F-4C

Jan. 2, 1967

           
Capt. John B. Stone

433 TFS

1

MiG-21

F-4C

Jan. 2, 1967

1st. Lt. Clifton Dunnegan Jr.

433 TFS

1

MiG-21

F-4C

Jan. 2, 1967

           
1st. Lt. Lawrence J. Glynn Jr.

433 TFS

1

MiG-21

F-4C

Jan. 2, 1967

1st. Lt. Lawrence E. Cary

433 TFS

1

MiG-21

F-4C

Jan. 2, 1967

           
Major Thomas M. Hirsch

555 TFS

1

MiG-21

F-4C

Jan. 6, 1967

1st. Lt. Roger J. Strasswimmer

555 TFS

1

MiG-21

F-4C

Jan. 6, 1967

           
Capt. Richard M. Pascoe

555 TFS

1

MiG-21

F-4C

Jan. 6, 1967

1st. Lt. Norman E. Wells

555 TFS

1

MiG-21

F-4C

Jan. 6, 1967

           
Col. Robin Olds

555 TFS

1

MiG-21

F-4C

May 4, 1967

1st. Lt. William D. Lafever

555 TFS

1

MiG-21

F-4C

May 4, 1967

           
Major William L. Kirk

433 TFS

1

MiG-17

F-4C

May 13, 1967

1st. Lt. Stephen A. Wayne

433 TFS

1

MiG-17

F-4C

May 13, 1967

           
Lt. Col. Fred A. Haeffner

433 TFS

1

MiG-17

F-4C

May 13, 1967

1st. Lt. Michael R. Bever

433 TFS

1

MiG-17

F-4C

May 13, 1967

           
Major John R. Pardo

433 TFS

1

MiG-17

F-4C

May 20, 1967

1st. Lt. Stephen A. Wayne

433 TFS

1

MiG-17

F-4C

May 20, 1967

           
Col. Robin Olds

433 TFS

1

MiG-17

F-4C

May 20, 1967

1st. Lt. Stephen B. Croker

433 TFS

1

MiG-17

F-4C

May 20, 1967

           
Col. Robin Olds

433 TFS

1

MiG-17

F-4C

May 20, 1967

1st. Lt. Stephen B. Croker

433 TFS

1

MiG-17

F-4C

May 20, 1967

           
Major Philip P. Combies

433 TFS

1

MiG-17

F-4C

May 20, 1967

1st. Lt. Daniel L. Lafferty

433 TFS

1

MiG-17

F-4C

May 20, 1967

           
Major Richard M. Pascoe

555 TFS

1

MiG-17

F-4C

June 5, 1967

Capt. Norman E. Wells

555 TFS

1

MiG-17

F-4C

June 5, 1967

           
Major Everett T. Raspberry Jr.

555 TFS

1

MiG-17

F-4D

June 5, 1967

Capt. Francis M. Gullick

555 TFS

1

MiG-17

F-4D

June 5, 1967

           
Major William L. Kirk

433 TFS

1

MiG-21

F-4D

Oct. 24, 1967

1st. Lt. Theodore R. Bongartz

433 TFS

1

MiG-21

F-4D

Oct. 24, 1967

           
Capt. Larry D. Cobb, Larry D.

555 TFS

1

MiG-17

F-4D

Oct. 26, 1967

Capt. Alan A. Lavoy

555 TFS

1

MiG-17

F-4D

Oct. 26, 1967

           
Capt. William S. Gordon III

555 TFS

1

MiG-17

F-4D

Oct. 26, 1967

1st. Lt. James H. Monsees

555 TFS

1

MiG-17

F-4D

Oct. 26, 1967

           
Capt. John D. Logeman Jr.

555 TFS

1

MiG-17

F-4D

Oct. 26, 1967

1st. Lt. Fred E. McCoy II

555 TFS

1

MiG-17

F-4D

Oct. 26, 1967

           
Capt. Darrell D. Simmonds

435 TFS

1

MiG-17

F-4D

Nov. 6, 1967

1st. Lt. George McKinney Jr.

435 TFS

1

MiG-17

F-4D

Nov. 6, 1967

           
Capt. Darrell D. Simmonds

435 TFS

1

MiG-17

F-4D

Nov. 6, 1967

1st. Lt. George McKinney Jr.

435 TFS

1

MiG-17

F-4D

Nov. 6, 1967

           
Major Joseph D. Moore

435 TFS

.5

MiG-17

F-4D

Dec. 19, 1967

1st. Lt. George McKinney Jr. 

435 TFS

.5

MiG-17

F-4D

Dec. 19, 1967

(Half credit awarded since the kill was shared with an F-105F of the 333 TFS.)
           
Lt. Col. Clayton K. Squier

435 TFS

1

MiG-17

F-4D

Jan. 3, 1968

1st. Lt. Michael D. Muldoon

435 TFS

1

MiG-17

F-4D

Jan. 3, 1968

           
Major Bernard J. Bogoslofski

435 TFS

1

MiG-17

F-4D

Jan. 3, 1968

Capt. Richard L. Huskey

435 TFS

1

MiG-17

F-4D

Jan. 3, 1968

           
Major Kenneth A. Simonet

435 TFS

1

MiG-17

F-4D

Jan. 18, 1968

1st. Lt. Wayne O. Smith

435 TFS

1

MiG-17

F-4D

Jan. 18, 1968

           
Capt. Robert H. Boles

435 TFS

1

MiG-21

F-4D

Feb. 6, 1968

1st. Lt. Robert B. Battista

435 TFS

1

MiG-21

F-4D

Feb. 6, 1968

           
Lt. Col. Alfred E. Lang

435 TFS

1

MiG-21

F-4D

Feb. 12, 1968

1st. Lt. Randy P. Moss

435 TFS

1

MiG-21

F-4D

Feb. 12, 1968

           
Col. David O. Williams Jr.

435 TFS

1

MiG-17

F-4D

Feb. 14, 1968

1st. Lt. James Feighny Jr.

435 TFS

1

MiG-17

F-4D

Feb. 14, 1968

           
Major Rex D. Howerton

555 TFS

1

MiG-17

F-4D

Feb. 14, 1968

1st. Lt. Ted L. Voigt II

555 TFS

1

MiG-17

F-4D

Feb. 14, 1968

           
Capt. Fred W. Sheffler

336 TFS

1

MiG-21

F-4E

Aug. 15, 1972

Capt. Mark A. Massen

336 TFS

1

MiG-21

F-4E

Aug. 15, 1972


Vietnam War Totals
336th Tactical Fighter Squadron

1

433rd Tactical Fighter Squadron

12

425th Tactical Fighter Squadron

6

555th Tactical Fighter Squadron

19

8th Tactical Fighter Wing Total

 38.5


The 336 TFS, 433 TFS, and 435 TFS each earned all their Vietnam MiG kills while assigned to the 8 TFW. The 555 TFS, however, had twenty MiG kills while later assigned to the 432nd Tactical Reconnaissance Wing, in addition to the 19 aerial victories earned while the squadron was assigned to the 8th Tactical Fighter Wing.

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