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This picture was taken by Jimmy Moore, a close friend of Jack.
Click to read Jack's Distinguished Flying Cross citation.
Awarded for the August 20 1966 rescue of a downed US Air Force pilot who went by the call
sign of TORPEDO.
The rescued USAF pilot referred to in the DFC citation was Edwin
Tiffany Hawks, aka Tiff Hawks. The aircraft, an RF-4C Phantom, took a direct hit from ground fire during a night photo run
while dropping flares. The explosion from the ground fire may have incapacitated the other crew member, Richard M. Milikin
III, who was in the rear seat. He was never recovered. Hawks ejected and evaded the enemy until he was picked up by a rescue
On 6/4/02 Tiff Hawks wrote: "I was the downed pilot of the RF-4C, call sign, "TORPEDO
", that Jack and his wingman located, identified and definitely created the rescue that saved my life. The chopper that picked
me up was call sign, "Indian Gal 51", from the Kearsarge. I knew the A-1 Locket flight, was from the Oriskany. I never knew
until this week that Jack Feldhaus was the one who led Locket flight. "INDIAN GAL 51" was piloted by Lt. BIll Roy, co-pilot
Lt. Vann Goodloe and one of the specialists in the back that hoisted me up to safety was named Sitko,"
On Jul 1 2009 Fred Guenzel wrote: I was the skipper's (Gordon Smith) wingman but
I was flying with different people while Gordon, was recovering from burns he received while bailing
out of his burning aircraft. I did fly several times with Jack during that time. I was flying with him when we
found and retrieved the Air Force F4 pilot (call sign "Torpedo 1" I think) in Package 1 (our designation for the southern
part of North Vietnam). Jack spotted him and then flew around in circles and around different spots so we wouldn't lead
the Viet Cong to the pilot on the ground. I went to retrieve the "Big Mother" helicopter and bring it
to the pilot's location. We strafed to keep their heads down while the "Big Mother" picked him up. I didn't
have my camera out on either flight since I was too busy trying to not get shot down, run into anybody, fly the
airplane and keep an eye on what was happening.
On 26 May 2011 Bill Roy, Pilot of the rescue helicopter sent the following note:
Jack was born October 3 1938;
I was born October 3 1940...
I saw your brother, momentarily; he flew his A1 past the hovering
helicopter at our level going in the opposite direction to our heading
and he cannot have been one hundred yards away. At that moment, he fired
several rockets; I was in the left seat and felt the heat of the
rockets through the cockpit.
Vann Goodloe was at the controls and the forest penetrator seat
was down for the pick-up.
I remember thinking 'they must be close' and I thought that if anyone
came out of the trees I should fire at them with my pistol.
A minute later Tiff was in the aircraft. I had at that moment said
"bring him up fast'' and the crew handling the winch did just that-Tiff
came to the aircraft along with a branch of a tree; he could have been
severely hurt coming up fast through the forest canopy.
We climbed out and when at altitude heading for the coast we watched
the two A1s dive on whoever was firing on us from the ground.
During that time the Lockets were our companions very often and
to fly formation with them in the quiet times-they were rather our 7th
cavalry, always up for and ahead of the game; fearless.
Click here to read more about this on Jack's Biography page.
Click to read Tiff Hawk's account of his crash and rescue.
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Click here to read about the SAR (Sea Air Rescue) history of HS-6 (Indian Gal 15's squadron) during their 1966 deployment