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'Dedicated To Our Fallen Comrades Who Perished In The F-111 Defending Our Freedom'
(quote from the monument)

Below are the names of all 115 aircrew who have lost their lives in F-111 operations since 1967.


For the Fallen
by Laurence Binyon

They shall grow not old.
As we that are left grow old.
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun ... and in the morning ...
we will remember them.

 

 
Doc, Boggy and Gator
Dignitaries

Geo Position: N34 24.244 W103 14.751 WGS84 GPS (DDD MM.MM)
Veterans Park, HWY 60 / 84, 4 miles east of Cannon AFB towards Clovis, NM.

Dignitaries in Attendance
Left to Right
Lt. Col Bob Brewster, 27th FW USAF
The Honaorable Mayor of Clovis, NM Mr.David M. Lansford
RAAF WGCDR Mike "Boggy" Smith , Air-Attache Washington DC
Lt. Col Tan RSAF, Commander 428th FS, Cannon AFB
Mr. Steve H. "Gator" Bosang
Not pictured but also in attendance was The Honorable Mayor of Portales, NM Mr. Orlando Ortega Jr.
 
photo by Doc

The memorial at Veterans' Park, Clovis New Mexico, consists of F-111D 68-140, a plaque and a black granite wall.   The plaque and black granite wall, which were cut from the same source as the Vietnam Memorial in Washington DC, dedicates in gold inscription the 115 names below. 

It is a unique memorial bringing together the names of contractor test pilots, USN, USAF and RAAF crews who lost their lives flying the F-111. Dedicated November 16, 1996, from, and to all the lost members in the F-111 Worldwide community - a statement of loss and remembrance.

The memorial site is courtesy of the Citizens of Clovis NM, the USAF and preparatory members of Team Cannon -  (Mayor of Clovis, Mr. David Lansford; and The Vark Memorial / Site Committee - Clovis City Commissioner Mr. Bobby Moreno, Mr. Ernest Skillern, Ms. Ernie Kos, Mr. Randy Harris, Mr. Gary Bayer, and Doc).  "Doc Servo" a USAF Retiree and stalwart proponent of the F-111, was instrumental in the development and funding of this memorial.  Tragically, since the memorials' dedication in 1996, two further names have had to be added.  
F-111.net wishes to thank Doc and Gator for their personal funding to have the last two names added to the memorial.

Shorty and Nige.
Pulau Aur Memorial.  

"Jez and CC" Memorial - dedicated in Guyra 16 May 2000.

Memorial Gets Further Devotement.

Additional words from Doc (Dec 99)

The City of Clovis via Mayor David Lansford, Mayor "Pro Tem" Bobby Moreno and City Commissioner "Ex-2500+ Hour Vark Driver" John Schuller's efforts have allocated funds to concrete the entire area under the F-111, this project as promised to Boggy Smith, Gator and Doc in May was completed in late November 1999.

The site is extremely tidy now with 100% concrete within the sitting wall. A "Good On Ya Mate" to Mayor Lansford and Vark advocates for their constant concern and involvement in our F-111 Aircrew Memorial ! A little sod, another flag pole for the Aussie flag (another Boggy / Doc project) and the site will be complete. Another note to the Vark community, a big thanks is also due to Boggy Smith and the RAAF Air Attaches' office for funding a total re-do of the gold lettering on the "Rock". Can't say enough about how wonderful and generous this act was.....to all our lost ones and surviving family members....let's just say "Thank You with a Humble Salute and a silent moment of prayer !


Memorial Day 1999

This year's 'Memorial Day' at Clovis New Mexico had special significance for the RAAF, coming just over a month after the loss of FLTLT Anthony Short and SQNLDR Stephen Hobbs.  Wing Commander Mike Smith, a RAAF F-111 Navigator currently from the Australian Embassy in Washington, was present to thank those concerned for the memorial.

WGCDR Mike 'Bogey' Smith gives the Memorial Day introduction. Dignitaries from the USAF, RAAF and RSAF. Wreath Laying Ceremony


The One Hundred and Fifteen
USAF-GD MAJ Herbert F. Brightwell
pre-production F-111A 63-9774 19 January 1967
 
  Mr Ralph H. "Dixie" Donnell - Grumman Test Pilot
Mr Charles E. Wangeman
pre-production F-111B 151973 21 April 1967
Grumman 67
USAF
USAF
MAJ Henry Elmer. "Hank" MacCann
CAPT Dennis Lee Graham
F-111A 66-022 Combat Loss 28 March 1968 - "first combat loss"
Missing presumed dead. POW/MIA REFNO 1107-0-01 / -02. 
Henry Elmer Mac Cann, he is at Panel 46E Row 57 on the memorial wall.
Omaha 77
USAF
USN
LT COL Edwin D. "Ed" Palmgren
CMDR David L. "Spade" Cooley
F-111A 66-024 Combat Loss 1 April 1968
Missing presumed dead. POW/MIA REFNO 1139-0-01 / -02 (1137 previously listed in error). 
 
  Mr Barton Warren - Hughes Aircraft Test Pilot
Mr Anthony Byland - MCO
pre-production F-111B 151971 11 September 1968
 
USAF
USAF
CAPT Robert E. Jobe
CAPT William D. Fuchlow
F-111A 66-042 12 February 1969
 
USAF
USAF
LT COL Thomas J. Mack
MAJ James L. Anthony
F-111A 67-049 22 December 1969
USAF
USAF
LT COL Robert S. Montgomery
LT COL Charles G. Robinson
FB-111A 68-253 8 October 1970
 
USAF
USAF
LT COL Bruce D. Stocks
MAJ Billy C. Gentry
FB-111A 68-283 8 January 1972
 
USAF
USAF
MAJ James W. Hurt III
MAJ Robert J. Furman
F-111E 67-117 23 April 1971
 
USAF
USAF
LT COL Floyd B. Sweet
LT COL Kenneth T. Blank
F-111E 68-018 18 January 1972
Sewn 11
USAF
USAF
COL Keith E. Brown
LT COL James D. Black
F-111A 67-082 18 June 1972
Flick 79
     
USAF
USAF
MAJ William C. "Horse" Coltman later promoted twice to COL
1LT Robert Arthur "Lefty" Brett JR
later promoted twice to CAPT

F-111A 67-078 Combat Loss 28 September 1972
Missing presumed dead. POW/MIA REFNO 1929-0-01 / -02.
Aircraft wreckage found in Laos.  See Honolulu Star-Bulletin.
COL Coltman's and Capt Brett's remains were positively identified, and interned at Arlington 3 Apr 2002 and 1 Aug 2002 respectively.
Refer Ranger 23 webpage.
More images of Col "Wild Bill Horse" Coltman here.

http://www.arlingtoncemetery.net/wccoltman.htm

Maj Coltman

1LT Brett
USAF
USAF
CAPT James Alan Hockridge
1LT Allen Upton Graham
F-111A 67-066 Combat Loss 16 October 1972
Loss Coordinates: 211526N 1054135E (WJ719506)
Coach 33
USAF
USAF
MAJ Robert Mack Brown
CAPT Robert D Morrissey
F-111A 67-063 Combat Loss 7 November 1972
Missing presumed dead. POW/MIA REFNO 1945-0-01 / -02.

 

Maj Brown
Whaler 57
USAF
USAF
CAPT Ronald Dean Stafford
CAPT Charles Joseph Cafferrelli
F-111A 67-092 Combat Loss 21 November 1972
Burger 54
USAF
USAF
LT COL Ronald Jack Ward
MAJ James R. McElvain
F-111A 67-099 Combat Loss 18 December 1972
Missing presumed dead. POW/MIA REFNO 1952-0-01 / -02. 
Snug 40
USAF
USAF
MAJ William W. Gude
CAPT David C. Blackledge
F-111D 68-158 20 March 1973
USAF
USAF
MAJ Richard L. Brehm
MAJ William T. Halloran
F-111D 68-105 20 March 1973
 
USAF
USAF
CAPT William K. Delaplane III
LT Robert J. Kierce
F-111D 68-113 23 December 1973
 
USAF
USAF
CAPT William Arthur Kennedy
CAPT David C. McKennon
F-111F 70-2395 11 September 1974
 
USAF
USAF
MAJ Merle "Don" Kenney
CAPT Ralph David Bowles
F-111A 66-058 7 October 1975
 
USAF
USAF
CAPT Edward R. Riley
CAPT Jeremiah E. Sheehan
FB-111A 68-266 14 February 1977
 
RAAF
RAAF
SQNLDR John Holt
FLTLT A.P. "Phil" Noordink
F-111C A8-133 29 September 1977
 
USAF
USAF
CAPT Richard L. Cardenas
CAPT Steven C. Nelson
F-111D 68-093 3 October 1977
 
USAF
USAF
CAPT Stephen H. Reid
CAPT Carl T. Poole
F-111F 73-0718 5 October 1977
 
USAF
USAF
CAPT John J. Sweeney
CAPT William W. "Maxwell" Smart
F-111E 68-070 31 October 1977
 
USAF USAF CAPT Arthur Stowe
MAJ Lorley "Skip" Wagner
F-111A 67-083 30 November 1977
 
USAF USAF CAPT Charles H. Kitchell
1LT Jeffery Moore
F-111F 73-0717 29 March 1978
 
USAF
USAF
MAJ Gary A. Mekash
LT COL Eugene M. Soeder
F-111A 67-105 5 July 1979
 
USAF
USAF
CAPT David W. Powell
CAPT Douglas A. Pearce
F-111E 68-042 24 July 1979
 
USAF
USAF
Major Myles D. Hammon - grave marker at Ft. Sam in San Antonio, Sect.6 Site 1072
2LT Larry E. McFarland
F-111A 66-052 31 July 1979
 
USAF
USAF
CAPT Phillip B. Donovan
CAPT William J. Full
FB-111A 68-261 18 September 1979
 
USAF
USAF
Capt Randolf P Gaspard
Maj FRank B Slusher
F-111E 68-045 12 December 1979
Lay 40
USAF
USAF
CAPT Richard A. Hetzner
CAPT Raymond C. Spaulding
F-111E 68-003 19 December 1979
 
USAF
USAF
CAPT Roy W. Westerfield
2LT Steven P. Anderson
F-111D 68-119 6 February 1980
 
USAF
USAF
CAPT Jack A. Hines
CAPT Richard J. Franks
F-111E 68-057 29 April 1980
Remains of vertical stabilizer that was placed on display in the 77th TFS’s 20th TFW bar (“Sweet Floyd’s) at Upper Heyford, in memory of the crew.
Image courtesy of Arthur E. Sevigny MSgt USAF (Ret 
USAF
USAF
CAPT Joseph G. Raker
CAPT Larry R. Honza
F-111A 67-097 26 March 1980
 
USAF
USAF

MAJ Ulysses S. "Sam" Taylor - image courtesy of his son & grand son Ulysses S. Taylor Iv and Sam Taylor V
1LT Paul E. Yeager
- image courtesy of his brother Jim Yeager
F-111D 68-139 14 July 1980

 


Maj Taylor

1LT Yeager
USAF
USAF
MAJ Thomas M. Mullen
CAPT Gary A. Davis
FB-111A 68-268
 
USAF
USAF
MAJ Howard L. Tallman III
CAPT William R. Davy
F-111D 68-160 15 September 1982
 
USAF
USAF
MAJ Burnley L. Rudiger
1LT Steven J. Pitt
F-111F 70-2377 7 December 1982

Maj B.L.Rudiger
USAF
USAF
CAPT Charles M. Vidas
1LT Steven A. Groark
F-111F 74-0188 26 April 1983
 
USAF
USAF
CAPT David K. Peth
CAPT Steven F. Locke
F-111A 66-026 13 March 1984
 
USAF
USAF
CAPT Alan J. "Tex" Pryor
1LT Albert H. "Rip" Torn
F-111D 68-164 17 October 1984
 
RAAF
USAF
FLTLT Stephen M. Erskine
CAPT Gregory S. Angell on exchange with RAAF
F-111C A8-139 28 January 1986
 
USAF
USAF
MAJ Fernando L. Ribas-Dominicci
CAPT Paul F. Lorence
F-111F 70-2389 Combat Loss 14/15 April 1986
Karma 52
RAAF
RAAF
FLTLT Mark "Speed" Fallon - images supplied by Karen Fallon
FLGOFF William Pike
F-111C A8-128 2 April 1987
View "unofficial"accident report
Falcon Sabre 1.
Crash site near Tenterfield NSW during night simulated attack.

Callsign - Falcon Sabre 1.
USAF
USAF
CAPT Thomas F. "Chip" Stem
CAPT Philip D. "Phil" Baldwin
F-111F 70-2375 28 July 1987
Badger 21
USAF
USAF
CAPT Robert A. Meyer Jr.
CAPT Frederick A. Gerhart
F-111A 67-102 12 January 1988
Honest 21
USAF
USAF
CAPT Glenn E. Troster
CAPT Michael A. Barritt
F-111D 68-098 8 June 1988
Cubid 12
USAF
USAF
1LT Bob Boland
CAPT James A. Gleason
F-111F 70-2397 5 April 1989
Greebie 54
USAF
USAF
CAPT Clifford W. Massengill
1LT Thomas G. Dorsett
F-111E 68-001 5 February 1990
USAF
USAF
CAPT Frederick A "Art" Reid
CAPT Thomas R. "TC" Caldwell
F-111F 74-00183 10 October 1990
Cougar 41
USAF
USAF
CAPT Douglas L. Bradt
CAPT Paul R. Eichenlaub II
EF-111A 66-023 Combat Loss 13 February 1991
Rachet 75
USAF
USAF
CAPT Jerry C. Lindh
MAJ D. Michael McGuire