THIS PAGE IS DEDICATED TO THE 262
FORWARD AIR CONTROLLERS AND THE 2,624 SOLDIERS OF THE 9th
Grave of Colonel Robert E. Archer, CO
MAJOR JACK G. FARR - KIA 27 July 1965
357 Tactical Fighter Squadron, 355 Tactical Fighter Wing, USAF.
Vietnam Memorial Wall, panel 02E, line 44.
Major Jack Farr, Korat, Thailand, June 1965.
F-105D, 62-4298, flown by Jack Farr on 27 July 1965.
Jack Farr was taking part in 'Operation Spring High', which was the first strike against SAM sites in North Vietnam. There were six F-105s from Korat and six from Takhli. This was considered the blackest day of the war for USAF as six F-105s were lost with three pilots KIA, two POW and one rescued, Capt Frank Tullo. Frank Tullo and Jack Farr had been on the first F-105 course together. Garry Cooper had met Jack Farr at Korat the previous month and did not know that, when he and his wingman, Jack Ellis, were scrambled from Ubon in their RAAF F86s, that he and Jack Farr's path were unknowingly going to cross again. The scramble from Ubon was initiated by Radar as there were MIG returns following the F-105s back toward the Laotian/Thai border. As was usual, by the time Cooper and Ellis had reached the border, the radar returns had vanished. Jack Farr, as ‘Pepper 01', had just crossed the border and was inspecting ‘Pepper 02', Captain Bill Barthelmas, for battle damage. Cooper and Ellis heard ‘Pepper 01' say over the radio to ‘Pepper 02', “I can see daylight right through you”, indicating battle damage was severe. Within seconds of this transmission ‘Pepper 02's hydraulics must have depleted, his aircraft pitched up and slammed the tail into Jack Farr's cockpit. Jack Farr's aircraft crashed about 10 miles south of Ubon and he did not eject. ‘Pepper 02' ejected but his parachute streamed. When Bill Barthelmas was found in a rice paddy, although he had multiple injuries, the cause of death was drowning. Jack Farr's son, Joe, was five years old when his father was killed. He became a real estate agent in Australia and in 2007, by coincidence, sold Garry Cooper's house. Neither party were aware at the time of the 1965 association between Jack Farr and Garry Cooper.