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34th Tactical Fighter Squadron - Thud Era

Korat RTAFB, Thailand - May 1966 to May 1969

Items Related to the 34th TFS or F-105

Bob Smith's autobiography is a must read; from a former 34th Commander.
F-105 Thunderchief on Facebook - Lots of great pictures and comments.
Memories of Korat Thailand - A Good look at the base.
Another site with lots of info about Korat RTAFB.
Korat VFW, Karl W. Richter Memorial Post 10217 - Some interesting pictures & information.
North Vietnam Maps - More than you need to know.
Preserved US Military Aircraft has a list of known Thuds with location.
F-105 Thunderchief from, the free encyclopedia.
421st TFS was another Korat squadron that has reunions with lots of nice pictures.
100 Missions Up North at the USAF National Museum has links to many interesting pages.
Rolling Thunder is another information page. And of course, don't miss the Republic F-105D Thunderchief section.
Thuds, the Ridge, and 100 Missions North was an article in Air & Space Magazine that no longer appears. Here is a pdf version of the article.
Retired Colonel Calvin Markwood: Memories from an F-105 Cockpit. An hour long YouTube interview conducted by his son Scott.
An F-105 Training Movie filmed at Nellis AFB, NV, in 1964.
Love of a Different Type; A great look back.
The F-105 In SEA - With A Taste Of Honey: A YouTube video with a 34th TFS bird included.
Rolling Thunder Remembered has a wealth of stories and information. Another "must read".
Thud Pilots Documentary, A DVD everyone will want to own.
Former 34th TFS Commander Harvey Prosser's father was an Army Air Corps pilot in the early days and wrote an interesting book about his experiences: My Service Life (pdf file).
Over War, Portraits by Cade Martin. Great pictures of many former Thud drivers.
Former 34th member Ed Sykes was David Dinan’s roommate when Dave was shot down. Ed wrote a detailed book about returning Dave to his country: The Patch and The Stream Where the American Fell. A must read!
Noted F-105 historian Howard Plunkett has published Pack Six Blues: The Diary of an F-105 Thunderchief Pilot. Describes Korat missions in late 1966; another must read!
Howard Plunkett also published Fighting Cavaliers: The F-105 History of the 421st Tactical Fighter Squadron 1963 - 1967, which has many references to the 34th TFS from this sister squadron.
YouTube had lots of F-105 views and one to watch is There Is A Way (other versions may be available).
34th alumnus Darrell Ahrens has published a book of his experiences: Turn and Burn: A Fighter Pilot’s Memories and Confessions, which is available on

In Remembrance Of Those Who Served!

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