LTC Sherman Edward Flanagan, Jr hailed from Westminster Md and served with the 355TFS/37TFW. On this day he ejected from his F-100 aircraft over Laos and was recovered. He had minor injuries. However, on July 21, 1968, the news read ” A Super Sabre and its pilot was lost during a mission to destroy an anti-aircraft
Francis Joseph Byrne
“In 1953 Frank enlisted in the Air Force and qualified for pilot training as a cadet in the Tiger Program. Commended early for his “can do” spirit, flying skills and “top gun” proficiency bombing, he continued to lead a distinguished career as an F-100 fighter pilot and F-100 instructor pilot. He was a test pilot of the F-104, reaching speeds of Mach II.
Frank stood Victor Alert in England during the Cold War. He volunteered and flew more than 100 missions over Hanoi during the Viet Nam conflict and was decorated with the “Distinguished Flying Cross” and many other honors.” (1)
A fellow pilot described him in the late 1950s as a “dashing , handsome , motorcycle riding bachelor hot shot Fighter Pilot”