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Anyone who has ever looked into the glazed eyes of a soldier dying on the battlefield will think hard before starting a war.-- Otto Von Bismarck
Early Photo Jet Recon9763 Reads
After a year in Peru in 1946 teaching Peruvian pilots to fly P-47’s, I returned to the U.S. in 1947, was assigned to the 161st Tac Recon Squadron at Langley Field, Virginia, which operated new RF-80’s. I was delighted, but when Lt. Col. Jim Rose the Squadron C.O. had to offer someone for a base headquarters assignment, he picked me — I was out.
Nine months later I volunteered for fighter jet training at Williams Field, Arizona, then was reassigned back to Langley to the newly organized 160th Tac Recon Squadron (RF-80s). The 160th and 161st Tactical Reconnaissance Squadrons, together with the 12th Squadron in RB-26's, made up the 363rd Tactical Reconnaissance Group headed by Col. James Smelley.
Note: by Colonel Jean K. Woodyard, USAF Retired
Squadron Commander, 8th TRS.
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1661: The Chinese Ming dynasty occupies Taiwan.
1858: Austrian troops invade Piedmont.
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1918: Americas WWI Ace of Aces, Eddie Rickenbacker, scores his first victory with the help of Captain James Norman Hall.
1945: The German Army in Italy surrenders unconditionally to the Allies.
1970: U.S. and South Vietnamese forces launch a limited "incursion" into Cambodia. The campaign included 13 major ground operations to clear North Vietnamese sanctuaries 20 miles inside the Cambodian border.
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