Comments from John Evans on flying EB-66 and F-105 combat missions out of Takhli RTAFB
Our unit had a good working relationship with the flying squadrons especially the 44th TEWS [Tactical Electronic Warfare Squadron] and LTC Dick Moriarity. What would happen is that the frag (operating orders for the day) would come down from Wing HQ. Det 2 601st Photo would get 2-4 rides a week fragged.
Sometimes we got extra rides because the frag always called for spares, in case something was wrong with the primary aircraft, sometimes the spare would be an F-105 F or G model. No EWO would be assigned to standby. If something happened to the primary D model they took the spare and the photo guys would get a 15 min warning to be at the PE shop to get ready to fly. Half of my F-105 missions came this way.
The EB-66C had a spare seat for the gunner right behind the pilot, as you know. These rides operated the same way. I was at Takhli for 20 months, so the time added up. We also flew the Tankers in late 1969 when they came to Takhli for a few weeks I believe I got 3-4 missions in these too. I had about 70 missions in the OV-10A during my tour at Ubon and I ended up with 107 total missions in 2 and one half years and five air-medals.
FYI - here are the tailcodes of the Takhli assigned aircraft I photographed and flew
RC= 41st TEWS
RE= 44th TFS