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This was taken from a Taipei Air Station Website that many Taiwan Vets are also members. It is from the Official USAF in Taiwan publication.

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13 January. First Official release: C-130 aircraft of the 314th Troop Carrier Wing would be stationed at Kung Kuan AB.

14 January. The base newspaper, Kung Kuan Krier, Kung Kuan Air Base, began operation with a six page edition processed by multilith. It went to 11 pages on 11 February 1966. It changed its name to Chung Chuan Krier on 25 March 1966 with the name change of the base. On 22 April 1966 it went commercial with a contract awarded to Chung Tai Press in Taichung at a cost of $150.00 per issue.

19 January. Colonel Richard J. Hartman assumed command of the 6217th Combat Support Group vice Lieutenant Colonel David H. Doughty, per 6217th Combat Support Group SO G-1, 19 Jan 66.

22 January. Colonel Arthur C. Rush, Commander, 314th Troop Carrier Wing and his staff arrived at Kung Kuan AB to complete the wing’s command structure.

22 January. First PCS personnel arrived at Kung Kuan AB to fill authorized Unit Manning Document (UMD) slots for the 6217th Combat Support Group.

22 January. Headquarters, 314th Tactical Fighter Wing was activated at Kung Kuan Air Base, replacing the Wing ADVON.

22 January. The 314th Field Maintenance Squadron was activated at Kung Kuan Air Base with personnel coming from Sewart AFB, Tennessee, Dyess AFB, Texas and Pope AFB, North Carolina.

28 January. 314th Troop Carrier Wing became operational at Kung Kuan Air Base when C-130E aircraft arrived.

29 January. The 50th Troop Carrier Squadron with C-130E aircraft arrived at Kung Kuan Air Base from the Philippines and began fulfilling its mission by flying military support in all area of SEA.

8 February. Headquarters, 327th Air Division having been activated by the Department of the Air Force was organized at Taipei Air Station, Taiwan and assigned to Thirteenth Air Force per PACAF SO G-28, 7 February 1966. This same general order also discontinued Detachment 1, Thirteenth Air Force, Taipei Air Station and assigned the 6214th Support Group, 6213th Support Squadron and 6217th Combat Support Group to the 327th Air Division. It was an administrative change, designed to improve internal organizational management and promote greater efficiency.

8 February. The 6217th Services Squadron was designated and organized by PACAF SO G-28, 7 Feb 1966 at Kung Kuan Air Base and assigned to 6217th Combat Support Group.

15 February. Air Post Office (APO) 96280 was designated for Taipei Air Station for mailing purposes only.

15 February. The 6213th Support Squadron Consolidated Base Personnel Office became operational at Taipei AS with approximately 1,300 records. By the end of June 1966, records had reached approximately 3,600. This Central Base Personnel Office (CBPO) serviced all 327th Air Division bases, Taipei Air Station, Kung Kuan AB, Tainan AB and Chiayi AB. A major responsibility for the CBPO was the in and out processing section at Sung Shan Airport, Taipei which was the only aerial port of embarkation/debarkation for the entire island of Taiwan.

18 February. The Base Publication Distribution Office (BPDO) at Kung Kuan Air Base was changed to a Class A PDO.

19 February – 1 May. One crew and aircraft of the 314th Troop Carrier Wing were maintained on HIGH GEAR alert status for this period.

25 February. A Security and Law Enforcement group from Thirteenth Air Force visited Taipei Armed Service Police to determine effectiveness of that organization to perform criminal investigations.

28 February. Colonel Frank Borman, USAF along with Captain Walter Schirra, USN, arrived in Taipei. While here they visited USTDC, MAAG Taiwan, ROC and President Chiang. (Editor: Borman and Schirra are NASA Astronauts)

1 March. The Suzie Drop Zone (DZ) was agreed to by CAF and USAF to be used for 314th Troop Carrier Wing training.

1 March. Memorandum of Agreement between CAF and USAF on USAF Heavy Equipment Paradrop Training on Taiwan was signed.

7 March. The 345th Troop Carrier Squadron started arriving at Kung Kuan Air Base for permanent duty.

7 March. The 314th Troop Carrier Wing Combat Air Lift Support Unit (CALSU) was established at Nha Trang, Vietnam.

8 March. The 314th Troop Carrier Wing Combat Air Life Support Unit arrived at Cam Ranh Bay. Vietnam.

17 March. 327th Air Division Air Operations Center (AOC) participated in splashdown of GEMINI 8. AOC had control of two C-130 aircraft from Kung Kuan Air Base. Two crews from 314th Troop Carrier Wing at Kung Kuan Air Base aided in the search for the Gemini 8 Astronauts 500 miles east of Okinawa on 21 March 1966.

20 March. Welcome Inn, a Home for American Servicemen, supported by the gifts of people in the Taichung area, was dedicated. This gave personnel from Kung Kuan Air Base a place to stop when visiting the city of Taichung, Taiwan.

20 March. The 345th Troop Carrier Squadron arrived at Kung Kuan Air Base.

20 March. The Nationalist Chinese Government announced the name of Kung Kuan Air Base was changed to Ching Chuan Kang Air Base, located northwest of the city of Taichung, Taiwan.

25 March. The USG entered into agreement with Mr. CHAN Ping-cha for lease of a two story, multi-purpose office located at 163 Shih Fu Road, Taichung, to be used as a Procurement Office, Taichung area.

1 April. 776th Troop Carrier Squadron arrived at Ching Chuan Kang Air Base for permanent duty.

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28 E models lost in SEA FYI

Dec 20 65 621843 C130E Shot down Tuy Hoa??? 345TCS

May 31 66 640511 C130E Shot Down Carolina Moon mission bombing NVN 62TCS

Oct 02 66 621840 C130E Shot Down 20 Mi S Cam Ranh 776TAS

Dec 29 67 640547 C130E-I Shot Down by AAA (Black Bird) Det 1 314TAW

Feb 28 68 640522 C130E Shot Down T/O Song Be 776TAS

Jun 25 68 621861 C130E Shot at Katum Crashed at Tay Ninh 50TAS

Sep 06 68 621785 C130E Shot Down Bao Loc 345TAS

Apr 18 72 637775 C130E Shot Down An Loc 374TAW

Apr 25 72 640508 C130E Shot Down An Loc 374TAW

May 03 72 621797 C130E Shot Down An Loc 50TAS

May 17 72 637798 C130E Shot Down rocket on T/O Kontum 776TAS

Aug 12 72 621853 C130E Shot Down on T/O Soc Trang 776TAS

Sep 06 66 637878 C130E Hit Mountain on Taiwan 345 TAS

Mar 12 67 637772 C130E Crashed on T/O (Helo involved) An Khe 345 TAS

Oct 15 67 640548 C130E Crashed Landed GCA to Air Drop Khe Sanh 50 TAS

Mar 03 68 621814 C130E Crashed Landing accident Cam Ranh 50 TAS

May 15 68 637875 C130E Crashed Song Be Engine Failure 779 TAS

Mar 08 69 640545 C130E Crashed Landed Short Taiwan Wx below mins 50 TAS

Dec 15 69 621800 C130E Crashed Prop Failed in Traffic Pattern Taiwan 50 TAS

Oct 02 70 640536 C130E Hit Mountain near Taipei Taiwan 776 TAS

Jun 05 72 621805 C130E Sank Makung Taiw Gear explod traffic pattern 374 TAW

Jul 15 67 621815 C130E-II Danang Rocket Attack 7ACCS ABCCC

Nov 15 67 621865 C130E Dak To Mortar Attack 776TAS

Nov 15 67 637827 C130E Dak To Mortar Attack 776TAS

Nov 25 67 640563 C130E-I NhaTrang Mortar Attack 314TAW Det 1 Black Bird

Jan 27 69 637780 C130E Tonle Chan Mortar Attack 776TAS

May 23 72 621854 C130E Kontum Rocket Attack 21TAS

Apr 29 75 721297 C130E TanSonNhut Rocket Attack 776TAS

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Hey Vince,

Norton here, I was stunned when I ran across your name here. I was Dave Splawns asst. crew chief, tail # 640497. Sure is fun to re-live the old days.

drop me a line, would love to chat with you, and maybe find some of the other guys.

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Tommy,

Good to hear from you. I still remember Dave and you with "497". 497 was the last "E" Flight bird I flew before I went back to the US to discharge. Have you heard from Dave? Have you heard from anyone from "E"Flight ? Randy Odette,Tom Wahyha,Charlie Brewer,Charlie Bernette,Pops Curfman,Chuck Manny or anybody else? I also saw your name on TaipeiAirStation.

I went back to Taiwan in 1976 to 1978. I can give you my other e-mail if you want. You were a great coworker, friend, and roommate.

Vince Acquaviva "Shorty"

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Tommy,

Good to hear from you. I still remember Dave and you with "497". 497 was the last "E" Flight bird I flew before I went back to the US to discharge. Have you heard from Dave? Have you heard from anyone from "E"Flight ? Randy Odette,Tom Wahyha,Charlie Brewer,Charlie Bernette,Pops Curfman,Chuck Manny or anybody else? I also saw your name on TaipeiAirStation.

I went back to Taiwan in 1976 to 1978 to work and go to Taiwan University and also marry my former Taichung fiancee. You were a great coworker,friend and roommate.

Vince Acquaviva "Shorty"

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