By David R. McLaren
Mustangs Over Korea is a documentary historical past of 1 of the main recognized warring parties ever equipped in the course of a traditionally virtually unrecognized battle. Flown by means of 4 air forces in aid of the United international locations, the F-51 Mustang dropped extra napalm and fired extra rockets than the other plane in the course of that clash and within the method suffered the top variety of losses. instructed is the tale of the bravery of the fighter-bomber pilots within the critical air-to-mud warfare opposed to horrendous anti-aircraft fireplace, and in addition the 1st swirling air battles opposed to the vaunted MiG-15.
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On September 9 another pilot was lost, this time Wing Commander Lou Spence. Spence was leading a flight of four Mustangs, being flown by Pilot 3's Dick Turner, Andrew Hankinson and Ross Coburn. (Coburn's Mustang was carrying a special drop tank which contained a 35 mm camera which was used to obtain some film footage for the Hollywood movie "One Minute to Zero," which featured a modified version of the previously described strafing incidents). Spence and his flight were soon working with a T-6 Mosquito against targets at Angang-ni, on the Pusan perimeter.
On December 17 1st Lt. , took seven USAF enlisted men to Cheju-do Island to establish a permanent training camp for the ROKAF in a sterile environment. Cheju-do was a volcanic island off the coast of South Korea that was nearly two miles long, and otherwise was of little interest, but it did have an immediately usable 6,500 foot runway at K-40 and would later have a secondary airstrip, K-39. At this time the 6146th BASUT was formally relocated to Cheju-do to oversee the base and train ROKAF pilots, while a detachment remained at and assumed control of K-5.
Squadron Leader Cresswell led a four ship flight against tanks and transport. His flight fired eleven rockets at a tank, which toppled over the edge of the road.