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From: "TButler747@aol.com" <TButler747@aol.com>
Sent: Saturday, December 28, 2013 10:08 AM
Subject: Mike Leydorf
All,
I'm not sure if you have all heard the sad news, but Mike Leydorf's son Scott called me yesterday to pass along that his father passed away on Christmas Day.  Visitations are on Sunday, with services Monday at noon CST.
Tom Butler

From: <MaxMoore55@aol.com>
Date: Fri, Dec 6, 2013 at 3:49 PM
Subject: Mayfield TAPS
Bill Simon reported seeing Earl Mayfield's name in the recent MOAA magazine memorium section.
I could not find an obituary, but did learn thru VA gravesite locator that he passed 27 September 2013 and is in the Florida Nat'l Cemetery.
Lived in Tarpon Springs, FL; Widow, Georgia.
He came to the 55th at Offutt after a tour in VNam as an FAC, as I recall.
Was on Jimmy Jones' crew with me when we had the famous intercept and weapons firing on 17 November 1970 over the Barents Sea in a Cobra Jaw mission.
RIP.

From: Gfpenfield@aol.com
Sent: 12/4/2013 9:49:16 A.M. Central Standard Time
Subj: Bill Rosser

 

As best I can remember Bill came into the 55th at Ramey.  He was on Ray Britton's crew.  This was 1950 or 1951.  I was an A/C on en RB-50 at Ramey before all the recallees came into the service at the start of the Korean war.  I not only had my own crew but also had my own RB-50 aircraft.  When Ray Britton came down to Ramey they put two crews on an aircraft.   Ray was put on my aircraft and we shared it.  That's when I got to know Bill. Back then you were reponsible for monitoring the maintenance cleaning it, washing it, etc.

 

Rosser was on Ray's crew at that time and stayed on it through the RB-50s and into the RB-47.  On the cycle of OL rotation, Ray Britton would be one month ahead of my crew.  So I knew Bill quiet well.

 

In 1953 the three crews in Japan were Bob Marshall's, Ray Britton and mine to start out.  O'Kelley' crew came in to replace Marshall's crew.

Bill Rosser was on Ray's crew at that time.  He initiated me to downtown life in Fusa.  We were all quite close as we all lived in the same BOQ and spent a lot of our evenings at the O'Club together.

 

As you all know during that time O'Kelley's crew was shot down.  We all felt a terrible loss.  O'Kelley was a good friend of mine. 

Ray and Bill probably took it harder, since the radar operator on  O'Kelley's crew became sick and Ray (Detachment Commander) had his Radar Operator fly with O'Kelley.  I was down at Clark flying a mission into Vietnam. Although I was shocked, I wasn't there to go through all the initial agonies of the loss.  When I got back, I could tell that Ray and Bill, as well as the rest of their crew,had been under a terrible strain, more so, since their radar operator was on O'Kelley's flight. 

 

Britton's crew was at Lakenheath at the same time as mine  was.  Bill introduced me to golf.  I hadn't played before.  After about six times Bill said that he couldn't play with me any more because I wasn't getting any better and I was making him worse. Unfortunately, he was right. 

 

After I moved into RB-47s, I remember that Bill was on Tony Rais's crew.  They replaced me in Japan. 

 

After that, I went into maintenance and I don't recall where Bill was.  From then on my only contacts were at the reunions. 

 

Tom Dawes was Britton's Nav during the time that Rosser was on Britton's  crew.  I have called Tom to inform him of Bill's death.  His E-mail is: ldawes@rochester.rr.com

 

I was saddened to here of his death as I'm sure that his many friends from the 55th were also.  There aren't many of us "old" 55th left. 

George

 

       Ben Justman, Director of the Sarpy County Museum is writing a history of Offutt... is seeking pictures from people that may have in their personal scapbooks or keepsakes related to Offutt. 
....(any) good pictures and or stories about Offutt, SAC or one of the wings that were at Offutt .....(please)  send them Ben. 
Ben will return any item or the sender can donate to the museum.  Ben's info is:


Ben Justman
Executive Director
Sarpy County Historical  Museum
2402 Clay St
BellevueN NE 68005

Director@sarpymuseum.org
402 292-1880

From: Errol Hoberman [mailto:sac-ewo@att.net] 
Sent:
 Monday, December 02, 2013 3:36 PM
Subject:
 From "We see all"

Each of the fol off, orgn indicated, having completed the required course of instruction at Keesler AFB, Miss, is granted the aeronautical rating of Aircraft Observer (Electronic Countermeasures) UP AFR 50-7, 11 Dec 51 and msg, Hq USAF,AFPMR-1 AM 1684, dt 15 feb 52.

343RD STRAT RECON SQ, M, ELECTRONICS, RAMEY AFB, APO 845 NY, NY

MAJ FRANK CORE JR AO516228 USAF
CAPT WAYNE D EVANS AO568070 USAF
CAPT CORNELIUS HAM JR AO649058
CAPT SIMON B LABE AO587897 USAF
CAPT ROBERT C MILLER AO661859 USAF
CAPT WILLIAM L NICHOLS AO516970 USAF
CAPT KARL T SEELEY AO816697 USAF
CAPT THOMAS J SHEPARD AO580455 USAF
CAPT JOHN M WIRT AO573806 USAF
1/LT CARL H ARVIDSON AO20092A USAF
1/LT GEORGE J CAMPBELL AO588289 USAF
1/LT GEORGE F HANSON AO1019032 USAF
1/LT CHARLES A RAWSON AO01847118 USAF
1/LT GEORGE J SISLEY AO872738 USAF
1/LT WILLIAM A WILKINSON AO933972 USAF
2/LT ROBERT R LOCKE AO1904607 USAF
2/LT DANIEL L MARTIN AO1852432 USAF
2/LT THOMAS F MONCURE AO1858040 USAF
2/LT HENRY C REYES AO1851405 USAF
2/LT WILLIAM E ROSSER II AO1910939 USAF  ****
2/LT MAX W SWITZER AO1863525 USAF
2/LT FRED M THOMPSON AO1904383 USAF
38TH STRAT RECON SQ, M, PHOTO, RAMEY AFB, APO 845 NY, NY
CAPT VERNON DOOM AO866490 USAFRosser
1/LT EARL L SCHUREMAN AO2089660 USAF
1/LT RICHAR A BRUBAKER AO590858 USAF
WOJG ELMER C KEENER AW2118925 USAF