"Today I went to the line at 10:00 to see if I could
snivel a ride. I got on a gunnery mission with Baskett leading,
but as we were getting ready to go out Combat Ops called for us
to go back up to the pad. Out we went, four clean birds with only
two guns loaded.
We sat out there with engines running
until finally the 35th crew chiefs decided that they
would let us use their APUs. By then we were down to about 2300
pounds of fuel each. Then we sat for about a half hour before
the regular pad landed.
Just before they were refueled, we
got a scramble.
We were vectored up north to chase
after a plane with a negative squawk in the buffer zone. It was
a fouled-up affair as Baskett had a weak transmitter and I had
to relay all the messages to Badger.
Then I couldnt read him myself,
and Hall was relaying to me from Baskett and I was then telling
I finally spotted the Bogey. It was
a Marine L-19. He started to play at first to see if he could
get away from me. But when he saw that we meant business and there
were three more planes after him, he acted real meek and I went
in and got his number. I think I shook him up a bit when I went
under him about 25 feet away."
Lt. Wm. Starr
July 12, 1954
Below: dad's notes written in another photo journal he kept:
"One of the main activities on the flight line was the alert
pad. We kept F-86's on ground alert to intercept any bad
guys heading south. We had three minutes maximum to get airborne,
starting from the position shown below (photo:
sitting and standing in the alert shack). We "scrambled"
frequently. But it was usually after some friendly aircraft who
was off-course, rather than a "bandit". There were several
encounters with Mig's while I was in Korea and in one case, a
man in the wing shot one down. These encounters usually came when
we were escorting reconnaissance planes "near" north
Korea and China. (Our respect for the communist airspace was a
bit relaxed). I frequently saw Migs, was chased a couple of times,
but never got a shot at one."
- Lt. Col. William J. Starr, USAF
Notes on slide:
"Two F-86F's take-off past alert
pad. Lt Smith in his bird, K-14, Feb '54"