These are some of the men that were members of the 34th TFS during the Thud era. Click on a name to see a picture from that era and a current address if we have it. Howard Plunkett has compiled F-105 histories on most of the people and these can be accessed via a link under the name.
Jake arrived in late September 1967 and flew 48 combat missions including 46 counters before accepting an assignment to the Command & Control Division of 7th AF Headquarters in February 1968. Since Jake's brother was scheduled to begin flying F-4's with the 558th TFS at Cam Rhan Bay in March 1968, this reassignment was to honor his parents' preference to avoid having both sons flying combat at the same time.
March 2010 update:"I am Captain Jonathan Smith, one of Colonel D. L. Smith's sons. He and my mother still live in Louisville, KY and are doing fine. Some additional background on my father in reference to service awards awards: Two Silver Stars, two Distinguished Flying Crosses, Bronze Star with V, two Purple Hearts, along with numerous other citations and service medals."
LtCol John T Stadler died on June 4, 1977, when F-105F, #63-8315, caught fire near Nicklesville, GA. The front seat pilot ejected and was rescued, however, something went wrong with the rear seat ejection and J T was killed.
Ronald D. Stafford - Deceased
We don't have a vintage picture of Ron.
He was killed in action on November 20, 1972 in F-111A 67-0092.