The oldest member known ever assigned to the 123rd Observation Squadron/35th Photo Recon Squadron in World War II is Mr. Loren Wade of Winfield, Kansas.  Mr. Wade was a crew chief in the 35PRS in China, 1944-1945, working to ensure the squadron’s Lockheed F-5 Photo Lightning recon aircraft were operational and mission capable.

These days Mr. Wade is still working, at age 103, keeping his community Walmart mission capable.  The work ethic he used to keep the Redhawk aircraft going in China enables him to keep productively employed today.  See the video report from earlier this summer posted at:

For more information on a crew chief’s duties, see the earlier post “A Salute to the Senior Redhawk,” at: