29 November 1970 – It was a very bad day. For the 3rd time in two days, there was an accident with a U.S. Air Force Fairchild C-123K Provider transport. On November 29th, 3 F-100 pilotS: 1Lt Elmon C. “Mike” Caudill (615TFS), 1Lt Charles Louis Kollenberg (352TFS), and 1Lt Jon Marc King (615TFS) along with
William J. Hosmer
“I flew the F-100A at Nellis in 1957 and was an IP in it (also the C, D, and F). I Got nearly 3000 hours in all models, including a combat assignment at Ty Hoa AB, Vietnam in ‘1969-‘1970.
My military time was mostly single-engine, single-seat fighters, and attack birds. I had a wonderful time of it and flew with fighter pilots that showed me what that business is all about. I am thankful for the opportunity to be associated with those who shared my love for what we did, and in most cases, how we did it. Check Six!”
Bill Hosmer’s awards and decorations include :The Silver Star, for action while flying the F-105 in 1965 over North Vietnam, DFC for a flight where his wingman was shot down along with five others on the first raid against SAM Sites in North Vietnam. Two of the pilots were killed in a mid-air collision while checking each other for battle damage over Thailand. His wingman, Frank Tullo, was the only one picked up that day, two more were taken prisoner after being shot down.
Bill also received the Bronze Star for a mission in the F-100 at Tuy Hoa in 1970. He completed a successful mission attacking a large number of workers repairing a road in Laos that had been bombed out earlier. The Misty FAC estimated that my wingman and I caused an estimated 300 to 400 Killed by air. For this, he was awarded the Legion of Merit.
To read more about Bill, see the article at Riding the thunder: North Dakota’s ‘Hoz’ made mark as elite pilot, combat leader