Udorn Royal Thai Air Force Base
What the Seabees did do
Combat deaths in a non-combat zone, undercover airplanes with suspect isignias. This slide show starts and advances automatically; or you may control it manually with the buttons and controls below.
The 10th TRW flew RF-4s out of RAF Alconbury, England from 1965 until June 1987. This picture displays the paint scheme for the RF-4 sometime after 1972.
The front gate at Udorn RTAFB. The taxis on the left (in Thailand, autos drive on the wrong side of the road) were not allowed on base (more on goings on downtown: “Ten Baht Alley” in Alone, Unarmed and Unafraid). (Photo credit: library of Dick Hammaker; used by permission.)
Three T-28 Trojans taxi at Udorn. The lead plane has a Royal Lao Air Force marking on the fuselage. These insignia could be mixed, matched or eliminated—and routinely were—to display the desired insignia for the day’s mission (more: “Colonel Wing Commander” in Alone, Unarmed and Unafraid). (Photo credit: library of Dick Hammaker; used by permission.)
The approach end of runway 30 (which is the departure end of runway 12) Udorn RTAFB. At the far right is the klong/ravine which sheared off the landing gear of the F-105 (read of the death by fire: “Colonel Wing Commander”, Alone, Unarmed and Unafraid). The revetments, left, were in addition to 1967’s revetments, not pictured, and added sometime after 1970. The barracks missed and Armed Forces Radio station hit dead center by the battle damaged RF-4C 65-0863 (“The Chinese Road”, Alone, Unarmed and Unafraid) are at top left; the landing sites, purchased with nylon assistance, of that aircraft’s two crew members are top center—each landed on base. (Photo credit: library of Dick Hammaker; used by permission.)