Bradley R. Telshaw



Preferred Name: 
Brad

Nickname/Call Sign:

Date of Birth: October 8, 1935 (February 19, 2016)

Highest Military Grade Held: Lieutenant Colonel

Hometown: Carbondale, PA

Biography

Brad graduated from Waymart High school in 1954 and joined the Air Force in 1955. He completed flying training in 1957 and was assigned to Clovis Air Force Base. In three separate tours at Cannon, he flew the f-111 for about 500 hours, and the F-100 for nearly 3000 hours, crossing the Atlantic ocean six times and the Pacific four times, serving in Okinawa, Japan, Korea, the Phillippines, Thailand, Vietnam, England, Germany, Spain, Italy, Turkey, Greece, and Libya.

Units Assigned

  • 1955 Joined USAF
  • 1957 Undergraduate pilot training, Clovis AFB, NM
  • 1957-1960 428th Fighter-Bomber Squadron
  • 1960-1961 67th Tactical Fighter Squadron
  • 1961-1968 429th, 430th, 478th, 522nd, 523rd, 524th Tactical Fighter Squadrons
  • 1968-1969 494th Tactical Fighter Squadron
  • 1972-1976 522nd Tactical Fighter Squadron/27th Tactical Fighter Wing

Awards & Decorations

Flight Info

F-100
F-111
Flight Hours: 3500

Military Education

Civilian Education

  • 1954 Waymart High School

Bradley TelshawBrad Telshaw, USAF Lt. Col (Retired) “Headed West” February 19, 2016
Bradley Telshaw died February 19, 2016, in his home in Clovis, NM. Graveside services were held March 8, 2016, at Fort Sumner Cemetery in Fort Sumner, NM with Peter Jones officiating.
Born in Carbondale, Pennsylvania on October 8, 1935. He was raised on a small farm near the communities of South Canaan, Waymart and Lake Arial Pennsylvania.
Brad graduated from Waymart High school in 1954 and joined the Air Force in 1955. He completed flying training in 1957 and was assigned to Clovis Air Force Base. In three separate tours at Cannon, he flew the f-111 for about 500 hours, and the F-100 for nearly 3000 hours, crossing the Atlantic ocean six times and the Pacific four times, serving in Okinawa, Japan, Korea, the Phillippines, Thailand, Vietnam, England, Germany, Spain, Italy, Turkey, Greece, and Libya.
He was married to Gayle Spitz in 1963. Their daughter Kim was born in 1966 and son David was born in 1970. He retired from the Air Force as a Lieutenant Colonel in 1976. His decorations include the silver star, distinguished flying cross, meritorious service medal (twice) and twenty-three air medals.
Whether in the Air Force or as a businessman, Brad was a “hands-on” person. No matter what the challenge, he developed the skills required for absolute success and in so doing, earned the love and respect of everyone around him.
Survivors include his wife of 54 years, Gayle Telshaw; daughter, Kim; son, David (Christy) Telshaw; five grandchildren, a great-granddaughter, and numerous extended family. He was preceded in death by his parents, Herbert Sr. and Henrietta Telshaw.

Biography

Biography

Brad graduated from Waymart High school in 1954 and joined the Air Force in 1955. He completed flying training in 1957 and was assigned to Clovis Air Force Base. In three separate tours at Cannon, he flew the f-111 for about 500 hours, and the F-100 for nearly 3000 hours, crossing the Atlantic ocean six times and the Pacific four times, serving in Okinawa, Japan, Korea, the Phillippines, Thailand, Vietnam, England, Germany, Spain, Italy, Turkey, Greece, and Libya.

Units - Education - Awards - Flight Info

Units Assigned

  • 1955 Joined USAF
  • 1957 Undergraduate pilot training, Clovis AFB, NM
  • 1957-1960 428th Fighter-Bomber Squadron
  • 1960-1961 67th Tactical Fighter Squadron
  • 1961-1968 429th, 430th, 478th, 522nd, 523rd, 524th Tactical Fighter Squadrons
  • 1968-1969 494th Tactical Fighter Squadron
  • 1972-1976 522nd Tactical Fighter Squadron/27th Tactical Fighter Wing

Awards & Decorations

Flight Info

F-100
F-111
Flight Hours: 3500

Military Education

Civilian Education

  • 1954 Waymart High School
Photos
Headed West

Bradley TelshawBrad Telshaw, USAF Lt. Col (Retired) “Headed West” February 19, 2016
Bradley Telshaw died February 19, 2016, in his home in Clovis, NM. Graveside services were held March 8, 2016, at Fort Sumner Cemetery in Fort Sumner, NM with Peter Jones officiating.
Born in Carbondale, Pennsylvania on October 8, 1935. He was raised on a small farm near the communities of South Canaan, Waymart and Lake Arial Pennsylvania.
Brad graduated from Waymart High school in 1954 and joined the Air Force in 1955. He completed flying training in 1957 and was assigned to Clovis Air Force Base. In three separate tours at Cannon, he flew the f-111 for about 500 hours, and the F-100 for nearly 3000 hours, crossing the Atlantic ocean six times and the Pacific four times, serving in Okinawa, Japan, Korea, the Phillippines, Thailand, Vietnam, England, Germany, Spain, Italy, Turkey, Greece, and Libya.
He was married to Gayle Spitz in 1963. Their daughter Kim was born in 1966 and son David was born in 1970. He retired from the Air Force as a Lieutenant Colonel in 1976. His decorations include the silver star, distinguished flying cross, meritorious service medal (twice) and twenty-three air medals.
Whether in the Air Force or as a businessman, Brad was a “hands-on” person. No matter what the challenge, he developed the skills required for absolute success and in so doing, earned the love and respect of everyone around him.
Survivors include his wife of 54 years, Gayle Telshaw; daughter, Kim; son, David (Christy) Telshaw; five grandchildren, a great-granddaughter, and numerous extended family. He was preceded in death by his parents, Herbert Sr. and Henrietta Telshaw.

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