1Lt James 'Jink' Bender
1st SOS; NKP; 1969-70
Group shot of 1st SOS
1Lt Jink Bender with A-1H 134257 "Hell
[The airplane name was actually
"Hell Bender" but the
photographer deliberately positioned the camera to hide the top
Why yes, I fly Spads....
Jim Kelly's "Warlock"
after I got hit during the Milestone 516 Navy
A-6 SAR. Kelly asked me, "Why the hell didn't you JINK!!"
I did, but
hence the nickname.
"This is one great Airplane!!"
1st Lt. Woody Bergeron, subject
of a 51 hour SAR, "Boxer 22". Woody
and I had attended Survival School together. Woody had to E&E
nearly 3 days before the SAR forces could rescue him. A Seattle
newspaper front page article titled "Flyer rescued somewhere
Southeast Asia" had a similar picture. Some of us knew where
somewhere was located. A place called Ban Phan Nop.
Jink enjoys the fruits of a years'
labor, following his finé flight.