John C. Donham



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Date of Birth: October 9, 1942

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Biography

Jon Donham was a member of the ‘510th Tactical Fighter Squadron, “Buzzards of Bien Hoa,”. [The squadron] flew 1773 combat sorties against the Communist Viet Cong and those insurgents engaged in aggressive actions in the Democratic Republic of Vietnam during the period 1 April 1969 through 30 June 1969. The attachments to this report contain a summary of sorties flown, ordinance delivered, battle damage assessments, awards received, and personnel turnover.

Bien Hoa Air Base sustained 11 light rocket attacks during the quarter but did not come under ground attack. These attacks caused no damage to property or injury to personnel of the 510th TFS.

As of 31 June 1969, all pilots assigned to the 510th TFS were operationally ready and only two recent arrivals who weren’t day and night alert qualified.

The pilot turnover for this quarter has shown a net loss of four pilots with nine new pilots arriving and 13 departing. Of these 13 departing pilots, two were assigned to 7th Air Force Headquarters at Tan Son Nhut Air Base, and the other 11 returned home to their families and new assignments.  The last pilot to be assigned to the 510th TFS, 1st Lt. John C. Donham, PG3169616, was a member of the Missouri Air National Guard. He was one of the first group of National Guard pilots to be sent to Vietnam for a four-month voluntary TDY tour.  Lt Donham had over 500 hours of F-100 experience and certainly added much to the squadron.

(source: http://25thaviation.org/history/id910.htm)

Units Assigned

  • 1967-1973 110th Tactical Fighter Squadron, Missouri ANG
  • 1969 510th Tactical Fighter Squadron, Bien Hoa AB, Vietnam (F-100)

Awards & Decorations

Flight Info

F-100

Military Education

Civilian Education

Biography

Biography

Jon Donham was a member of the ‘510th Tactical Fighter Squadron, “Buzzards of Bien Hoa,”. [The squadron] flew 1773 combat sorties against the Communist Viet Cong and those insurgents engaged in aggressive actions in the Democratic Republic of Vietnam during the period 1 April 1969 through 30 June 1969. The attachments to this report contain a summary of sorties flown, ordinance delivered, battle damage assessments, awards received, and personnel turnover.

Bien Hoa Air Base sustained 11 light rocket attacks during the quarter but did not come under ground attack. These attacks caused no damage to property or injury to personnel of the 510th TFS.

As of 31 June 1969, all pilots assigned to the 510th TFS were operationally ready and only two recent arrivals who weren’t day and night alert qualified.

The pilot turnover for this quarter has shown a net loss of four pilots with nine new pilots arriving and 13 departing. Of these 13 departing pilots, two were assigned to 7th Air Force Headquarters at Tan Son Nhut Air Base, and the other 11 returned home to their families and new assignments.  The last pilot to be assigned to the 510th TFS, 1st Lt. John C. Donham, PG3169616, was a member of the Missouri Air National Guard. He was one of the first group of National Guard pilots to be sent to Vietnam for a four-month voluntary TDY tour.  Lt Donham had over 500 hours of F-100 experience and certainly added much to the squadron.

(source: http://25thaviation.org/history/id910.htm)

Units - Education - Awards - Flight Info

Units Assigned

  • 1967-1973 110th Tactical Fighter Squadron, Missouri ANG
  • 1969 510th Tactical Fighter Squadron, Bien Hoa AB, Vietnam (F-100)

Awards & Decorations

Flight Info

F-100

Military Education

Civilian Education

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