34th Tactical Fighter Squadron - Thud Era

Korat RTAFB, Thailand - May 1966 to May 1969

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34th TFS Honor Bench.

Honor Bench at the USAF Museum, Dayton, Ohio
(Click the above picture or link for a large image.)

 
Those Who Gave All
Name
Date
F-105#
Shoot down location
21 June 1966
62-4358
POL storage near Kep - AAA.
20 July 1966
62-4308
Near Vu Chua bridge.
21 July 1966
62-4227
10 miles north of Yen Bai - AAA.
10 Oct. 1966
62-4300
Take-off accident.
10 Jan. 1967
62-4265
Northern Laos - 34th mission.
19 Mar. 1967
61-0123
Near Ban Karai Pass.
12 May 1967
63-8269 (F)
Near the Ron Ferry complex; Ryan's Raider mission.
15 June 1967
61-0213
Near Dong Khe.
14 Feb. 68
60-0418
Near Paul Doumer bridge.
15 April 68
61-0206
Near Van Loc.
Maj. Billy R. Givens
25 April 68
60-0436
Landing accident at Korat.
Maj. Seymour R. Bass
14 May 68
61-0132
Mid-air collision over Thailand.
31 May 68
60-0409
AAA - Tiger Island.
11 Feb. 69
62-5256
Near Ban Topen.
17 Mar. 69
61-0104
Plain of Jars.
Maj. Peter B. Christianson
3 April 69
62-4269
Plain of Jars.

* Became a POW and died in captivity.

 
Returned With Honor
Name
Date
F-105#
Shoot down location
2 June 1967
61-0190
Near Kep.
15 May 1967
62-4429 (F)
En route to Kep RR Yards; Ryan's Raider mission.
17 Oct. 1967
60-0425
Near Dap Cau Bridge.
17 Oct. 1967
62-4326
Near Dap Cau Bridge.
17 Oct. 1967
61-0205
Near Dap Cau Bridge.
27 Oct. 1967
62-4231
SAM over Hanoi.
19 Nov. 1967
6?-1170
Near Hanoi.
4 Feb. 1968
60-5384
Near barracks at Thai Nguyen.
28 May 1968
61-0194
5 miles north of Don Hoi.

Note: Major James H. Metz, who was captured and died in captivity, is listed on the "Honor Roll".

Honor Plaque

The Bronze Honor Plaque donated by Augie & Phyllis Augsburger.
Former 34th TFS member W. E. "Augie" Augsburger and his wife Phyllis donated a beautiful bronze plaque on a marble pedestal to the Idaho State Veterans Cemetery at Boise, Idaho. More information about the cemetery and a list of those interred there (through 2005) is at Interment.net. Thank you Augie and Phyllis! (Click the picture for a larger image.)

The plaque inscription reads:
"In honor of the F-105 Fighter Pilots of the Red River Fighter Pilots Association, assigned to the 34th Tactical Fighter Squadron stationed May 1966 to May 1969 at Korat Royal Thai Air Base, Thailand Flying Combat Air Operations in the high threat region around, north and east of Hanoi, North Vietnam."

F-105 Aircrew Names On the Vietnam Wall
The 34th TFS men listed above were only a portion of F-105 crews who died during the war. Howard Plunkett compiled a full list, which can be displayed as a pdf file by clicking the button below.