Fick Henderson's Slides
(© 1953, Martin Fick Henderson. All rights reserved)
("Hover" the mouse pointer over picture for caption. Click to enlarge. With very few exceptions,
each caption is an exact quote of Fick Henderson taken from the back of each slide)
In February of 1953, a bunch of new Air Force pilots embarked for combat duty in units stationed in Korea and Japan. The first stop after Hawaii, on the long journey overseas, would be Wake Island. Then it was onto Fuchu Air Base, and for some, K-13 at Suwon, Korea.
Not long after arriving at K-13, the new pilots had to go through orientation; learning about the terrain they'd be flying over, combat tactics (theirs and the enemy's), and working with allied combat units of foreign countries. Fick Henderson and others from the 36th FBS attended JOC (Joint Operations Command) school in Seoul, in late March and early April, 1953. In addition to JOC school, the pilots were given a tour of "Radar Hill;" the site from where all flight operations in Korea were directed. The call sign of the radar operator(s) was "Dentist."
Trip to Orphanage
Back to K-13...
Bug out to K1...
Another trip to the Orphanage
British Commonwealth Area
K-46 Escape & Survival Training
Ferry trip to Tokyo
Back in the good 'ol USA
Back in 2007, when I began this project, I was very excited to learn that a gentleman (presumably of course, ha ha) by the name of "Fick" Henderson (Fick???), who flew in the same squadron as my Uncle Jr., lived just a few minutes away, in Scottsdale, AZ. I explained to his wife Jan, on the phone, who I was and that I was looking for a "Fick" Henderson. Is it possible that I have the "right Fick Henderson," I asked? Jan said, "I don't think there is more than one Fick Henderson. Oh yes, he's going to want to talk with you!"
My wife Donna and I had the good fortune and great pleasure of meeting and dining with Fick and his lovely wife, Jan. As if that wasn't pleasure enough, upon leaving the restaurant, Fick motions me over to his car and drops all the above 35mm slides, his Class 52-G yearbook, and other "priceless" 36th FBS related articles in my hands and says," Here you go." Wow! What a treasure. Since then Donna and I stay in close touch with Fick and Jan., and we are so grateful and proud that they have included us as their friends.