Takhli RTAFB, Thailand 355th TFW Days
Website Is Dedicated To The Men Who Flew North
& All Those Who Kept Them Flying
Tactical Operations Center - 355th Tactical Fighter Wing (TFW)
The Rolling Thunder missions flown from Takhli Royal Thai Air Force Base were accomplished in spite of extremely difficult conditions for both the men and the planes. At Takhli were pilots whose exploits earned them two "Congressional" Medals of Honor, countless Distinguished Flying Crosses and Air Medals. They were assisted by thousands of airmen who worked around the clock to help them carry the war to the enemy. It was great to be one who got to work with them on a daily basis. May this web page honor them all. And as you read this, I ask you to reflect on all the things you have done and seen in the last forty odd years - and remember that some who served with us at Takhli have missed it all.
Those efforts were made even more difficult by a bureaucracy
which micromanaged many
aspects of the bombing and left other important details to the daily,
whims of planners thousands of miles away. My experience level at
that time hardly
made me an expert on strategy, but this problem was evident to anyone
who worked with the
pilots and those working with the FRAG (target and ordnance) orders on a
basis. It was so pervasive that inside the Tactical Operations
Center, where I was
fortunate enough to work often, there hung on the wall a humorous
attempt to represent
this. It was a wheel with an arrow in the center which could be
spun, with various
targets represented around its perimeter. A very goodly portion of
the wheel was
dedicated to bombing Washington D.C. and the Pentagon, rather than Hanoi
Haiphong. While that wheel was intended as a joke, it did portray
many felt, and which has been well documented by many more knowledgeable
than I – to
include Jack Broughton in "Thud Ridge"and Gene Basel in "Pak Six".
This page is
however, not intended to further discuss the impediments, but instead to
remind those who
read it of the dedication and teamwork that allowed the mission to work at
all. And to
also serve as a gathering place to share memories of the place, planes, and times
for those who
My small contribution to the effort was as a weather weenie in Detachment 12, 10th Weather Squadron, Apr 67-68. The sister page to this one (www.takhli.org/rjw/index.htm/) was created by Dick Williams, also from the same unit; he beginning his tour about a year after I returned to the land of the big BX. We share the hope that other "Takhliites" will either join our efforts, or put up their own pages with their own real "war stories". The more we share, the more we reminisce, the more we document - the longer Takhli and its role in the Vietnam Conflict will live. Please join Dick and I – if you do not feel the literary urge, please contribute anecdotes, scanned photos or memorabilia. We promise proper credit for all contributions in return. Further, I have many photos myself, so if there is something you would like to see that I might have, please email me and I will try to accomodate. I will try to rotate photos over time, so keep checking back!! This site will be under construction for the foreseeable future, again another reason to return from time to time.
Flightline 1967 – F105s, EB-66s, KC-135s in background
F-111 Combat Lancer
I also have things I am searching for. I am particularly interested in photos of Takhli City, base buildings, and night life. If you have some, but are unable to scan, let me know and we can work something together. Missing coworkers include Dale Van Dyke and Richard "Jack" Armstrong - also weather weenies. If you have any information on their whereabouts, please either contact me, or have them contact me if you feel that is more appropriate.
Finally, many thanks to those who helped me with this endeavor - Dick Williams who inspired me, and Robert Newingham who tutored me. My results do not reflect the extent of their assistance, please bear with me as I learn. Contributions, comments, and criticism accepted at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Now Available in the Takhli Photo Gallery - Various Contributor's Folio - This section will also grow over time. It is intended to show contributions by those who want to share, but do not have enough photos to warrant an entire page. However, don't pass these by, they are no less meaningul just because they are here! Check this one from time to time, as it will grow as new inputs are received.
Item of Interest - Mike Dunn has found a better solution to the overload experienced by some on the previous listbot. It allows for summary pages, rather than direct delivery if you prefer, also can be set for leaving the list temporarily for work or vacation. I have added the new address to subscribe to the Links Page.
Guestbook - Unfortunately AT & T decided that extras such as the guestbook and hit counter are no longer available. Please make entries for both Dick's and my websites on Dick's Takhli Message Board. At the time AT & T eliminated the hit counter (31 Mar 2010) this website had 68,693 hits. Thank you one and all for visiting.
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