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4080th STRATEGIC RECONNAISSANCE WING  
 

 

 

        THE MISSION  OPERATION “BRASS KNOB”

     The 4080th Strategic Reconnaissance Wing’s mission was to conduct strategic reconnaissance operations on a global scale, either independently or in co-operation with other forces, to fulfill requirements for completed reconnaissance reports, target material, and weather data for operational forecasting. 

     On October 9th of 1962, the 4080th SRW would receive its’ initial orders to prepare for Operation “Brass Knob”, an intensified aerial surveillance of the island of Cuba.  With the authority of the President of The United States, the Strategic Air Command would assume this task from the previous tasking of the Central Intelligence Agency.  Initially, one flight was approved from south to north over the western end of Cuba, a mission flown by Major Richard S. Heyser on October 14th. Then two more flights were authorized and flown by Major Rudolf Anderson, Jr. and Major Heyser on October 15th.  The results of the first mission indicated that total coverage of the island was necessary, and on October 17th, four pilots from Laughlin launched into a terrible thunderstorm and joined Heyser and Anderson in an effort which covered 95% of Cuba. By early November, over one million feet of film had been exposed. All eleven pilots had been fired upon with only one combat casualty, Major Anderson.  The Wing would receive the personal plaudits and awards from the President for its’ efforts!

 

 
The 4080th Strategic Reconnaissance Wing was celebrated at Star Park on 23rd May 2008. The unit was formerly stationed at Laughlin Air Force Base and was praised for its work throughout its history, but especially for its work during the Cuban Missile Crisis which brought the world on the brink of a possible Nuclear war when Soviet missiles were found in Cuba. These missile's were a major threat to the USA.
All the people who flew, worked, maintained and supported the U-2 planes and operations were  recognized at the ceremony, which unveiled a Texas Historical Marker commemorating their work.

The 11 pilots who flew the missions to Cuba from Oct. 14 to 27, 1962 are named on the marker.

Four of the remaining pilots were present at the ceremony. Attending were

Brigadier General Gerald E. McIlmoyle (USAF retired),

Col. Edwin G. Emerling ( USAF retired),

Buddy L. Brown,

Charles W. Kern.

The other 7 pilots who were involved in "Operation Brass Knob" are also listed on the marker  and they are, Rudolf Anderson Jr., Richard S. Heyser and James Qualls, George M. Bull, Roger H. Herman, Robert L. Primrose and Daniel W. Schmarr.

"On Time - On Target"
T-38's Flown by Lt J.Grossman / Lt A. Palan & Capt J.T. Egginton / Capt R. Miller of the 87th Flying Training Squadron of the 47th Flying Training Wing from LAUGHLIN AFB  performing the over flight at the Star Park Dedication to the pilots involved in "Operation Brass Knob" .
   
   
   

4080TH STRATEGIC RECONNAISSANCE WING (L (SAC)       1957

 

COMMANDER  

  Colonel Hubert Zemke   

  DEPUTY COMMANDER 

  Colonel Nathan J. Adams 

 WING ADJUTANT 

 Major Royle J. Carrington 

WING SAFETY OFFICER  

Captain Donald R. James 

  DIRECTOR OF COMPTROLLER 

  Captain Roderick A. Ekert 

  DIRECTOR OF PERSONNEL 

 Major Harold E. Van Horn 

  DIRECTOR OF MATERIAL

Colonel Avery C. Pinson  

DIRECTOR OF OPERATIONS  

  Lieutenant Colonel Howard E. Cody 

 COMMANDER 

  4080TH HEADQUARTERS SQUADRON  

 Captain Wilmer W. Collins 

 COMMANDER 

  4025TH STRATEGIC RECONNAISSANCE SQUADRON (L)  

  Colonel Daniel C. Mulloney 

 COMMANDER 

 4028TH STRATEGIC RECONNAISSANCE SQUADRON (L) 

 Colonel Jack D. Nole 

COMMANDER

4029TH STRATEGIC RECONNAISSANCE SQUADRON (L) 

 Lieutenant Colonel Dave C. Hearrell, Jr.  

 COMMANDER

4080TH ARMAMENT & ELECTRONICS SQUADRON  

 Major Louis O. Senneville 

 COMMANDER 

  4080TH PERIODIC MAINTENANCE SQUADRON 

  Captain Asa W. Seagrave   

  COMMANDER 

  4080TH FIELD MAINTENANCE SQUADRON

 Captain Ivan R. Henry

COMMANDER  

4080TH AIR BASE GROUP (SAC)  

Colonel Willard A. Beauchamp 

  BASE ADJUTANT 

 Major Leon W. Steffy  

 BASE CHAPLIN

 Major James H. Dickinson 

BASE COMPTROLLER

 Major Edward A. Nash 

  BASE PERSONNEL  

  Lieutenant Colonel James S. McKown, Jr.  

  BASE INFORMATION SERVICES OFFICER

  Lieutenant Buck A. Young 

STAFF OPERATIONS   

Lieutenant Colonel John L. Bradley 

 COMMANDANT 

 HEADQUARTERS SQUADRON  

  Major Heath H. Wayne  

  COMMANDER  

  BASE OPERATIONS SQUADRON 

 Major William C. Schroeder 

COMMANDER 

 4080TH USAF HOSPITAL  

 Colonel Earl H. Harris 

      COMMANDER     

 4080TH AIR POLICE SQUADRON  

 Captain Junior Hendricks 

   COMMANDER 

  4080th INSTALLATION SQUADRON 

 Major Joel L. Myers   

 COMMANDER  

4080TH SUPPLY SQUADRON  

  Lieutenant Colonel Joe K. Hinton  

COMMANDER  

  4080TH FOOD SERVICE SQUADRON  

 Major Frank Whitt 

 COMMANDER

 4080TH TRANSPORTATION SQUADRON 

Captain Emil H Fischer

 
 
 
4025th Strategic Reconnaissance Aircraft
 
Martin Model Martin Serial/ Build Sequence USAF Designation  USAF Serial Remarks  
           
272C   RB-57C 53-3831    
272C   RB-57C 53-3841    
272C   RB-57C 53-3842    
           
272D / N 1 RB-57D-1 53-3977   Miss Acuna
272D 2 RB-57D-1 53-3978   PePe La Pew
272D 3 RB-57D-1 53-3979   Cloud Chaser
272D / N 4 RB-57D-1 53-3980   Old Dusty
272D 5 RB-57D-1 53-3981    
272D / N 6 RB-57D-1 53-3982   Queen City
272D / P 7 RB-57D-2 53-3970 ARS Capable  
272D 8 RB-57D-2 53-3971 ARS Capable  
272D / P 9 RB-57D-2 53-3972 ARS Capable  
272D 10 RB-57D-2 53-3973 ARS Capable  
272D / P 11 RB-57D-2 53-3974 ARS Capable  
272D / P 12 RB-57D-2 53-3975 ARS Capable  
272D 13 RB-57D-2 53-3976 ARS Capable  
272D 14 RB-57D-3 53-3963 ARS Capable SLAR
272D / N 15 RB-57D-4 53-3964 ARS Capable ELINT
272D / N 16 RB-57D-4 53-3965 ARS Capable ELINT
272D / N 17 RB-57D-4 53-3966 ARS Capable ELINT
272D / N 18 RB-57D-4 53-3967 ARS Capable ELINT
272D / N 19 RB-57D-4 53-3968 ARS Capable ELINT
272D / N 20 RB-57D-4 53-3969 ARS Capable ELINT
           
NOTES:          
           
272N   EB-57D 9, 272D  modified as 272N
272P   RB-57F 4  re-built as 272P
           
    RB-57D-1 Sometimes referred to as RB-57D
    RB-57D-2 Sometimes referred to as RB-57D-0
    RB-57D-3 Sometimes referred to as RB-57D-1
    RB-57D-4 Sometimes referred to as RB-57D-2