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C-141 Tail Number: 64-0646

Notice the white radome paint job
Date:unknown
Location:Hickam AFB
Copyright: Nicholas Williams


The above photo and these notes are from David Ames:

On January 5, 1968 I was sent on a TDY to Udorn, Thailand to change an engine on a C141. We left Yokota just after midnight on January 6th on a C141 with tail number

67-0012 for the flight to Udorn Royal Thai Air Base in Thailand. I got to sit in the copilot seat for 15 minutes. The pilot pointed out a Flying Tiger CL 44 flying south with us. We arrived at Udorn around 4:00 a.m. We walked off the plane into air that was hot, sticky, and smelled of teak wood smoke.

This picture of 64-646 was taken at the end of the runway at Udorn.

The reason for the way I took the picture of the 64-0646 is to show the area where the C141 was attacked. The area was cleared off so nobody could hide in the grass.

After the worst brief I had ever had, we met the local MAC maintenance team and ask them where the C141 was located. They told us it was setting at the end of the runway. We asked them if they wanted to take us out to the plane and they said no. We asked why and they said a C141, possibly 64-0630, from Charleston AFB S.C. was there to pickup two released prisoners of war from North Vietnam which was attacked by Thai Communists. They told us that a flight engineer was killed and a pilot was wounded. The aircraft we were to work on was sitting in the same spot as the one that was slightly damaged in the attack. We rode out to the aircraft in a pickup that had a bullet hole in the bed from the attack.

After 38 years thinking about the TDY, I have found out that the flight engineer killed was TSgt Paul E. Yonkie. He was on a classified mission to pick up the released pilots. The two pilots they were there to pick up were Majors Fred N. Thompson and James F. Low. Thompson was a F100 pilot and Low was a F4D pilot. Low was a Korean War Ace with 5 kills. You can find out more by going to the C141 photo index and click on 64-0630. You also can go the Vietnam Veterans Memorial and type in Paul Yonkie.

We were to change the #3 engine but ended up fixing the engine with a #5 cap I put on a drain line from a pump seal that was leaking oil. We didn't have any support equipment, so I stood on top of a fire bottle to check the oil.

While working on 64-0646, we watched F4's taking off in two's with bombs hanging on them. One of the F4's I took a picture of, the tail had OY with the tail number 67-554, and had two red stairs on the engine inlet for Mig kills.

After our work was done, we went into Udorn town and stayed at the Udorn Hotel. We had fun running around the town. While walking around, I met a real nice Chinese girl at the New Yorker restaurant across form the Udorn Hotel.

We were notified that a C141 arrived to take us back to Yokota at midnight. The tail number on that C141 was 64-0645.

Just after take off, the pilot pulled the engine power back fast, which the pilot usually did not do, and then the loadmaster came down to the cargo area looking for something. I thought maybe we were shot at as this was all unusual. We flew onto Bangkok and stopped there for a while then we went on to Yokota. We arrived at Yokota the morning of January 7, 1968.

Copyright: David Ames


1968 @ Yokota
Copyright: RC Johnson

Location/Date:Unknown
Copyright:USAF Photo Source:60th Air Mobility Wing History Office.

Location/Date:Unknown
Copyright:USAF Photo Source:60th Air Mobility Wing History Office.



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