Sabre Jets Over Korea. A Firsthand Account by Douglas K Evans

By Douglas K Evans

Douglas ok. Evans memoir of his provider as an F-86 Sabre pilot throughout the Korean conflict not just provides the reader an perception into the area of a person strive against pilot, but additionally serves to light up numerous lesser identified facets of the Korean air warfare. Evans participated within the 4th Fighter Interceptor Wings interception of a chinese language bomber assault on US forces on Chodo Island. This motion was once the single time that chinese language bombers tried to bomb UN pursuits in the course of sunlight hours within the Korean clash. Evans reviews at the disasterous after results of the 23 October 1951 conflict among Soviet-piloted MiG-15s and USAF B-29s. Evans additionally served with the 1st African-American F-86 pilot (Dayton Ragland, later KIA in Vietnam). Evans tone and elegance stay precise to the interval and to his career. Evans reminiscence runs actual to the ancient checklist and his paintings is a superb contribution to the literature at the Korean air battle and has been of significant worth in my examine. As an ancient record this paintings is simply constrained by means of the scope of Evans genuine provider.

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Speaking of storms. I hear F-80s taking off on a mission; their JATO overrides the jet noise with a sound like a broken steam pipe and my nose tells me the usual cloud is next: We are about to be enveloped in another of those foul-smelling fogs. There is no escape in an open tent, so I’ll just continue writing. The latest news about my old outfit was given to me by one of our new GI replacements that just arrived from Andrews Field. He said the 121st Fighter Squadron would begin changing to F-94s by the 15th of this month.

The sorry weather gave about 85 missions On top of now! in all this we could only get going. we understand now the cease-fire Sunday, July 8th. What the hell will If waiting, conference will take place happen then? Will that end the war and leave us stranded here on occupation duty? ahead fast We will of myself, the one for all war go nuts then, but isn’t I we had Yesterday, the 4th of July, war may be pulling a we know. a big outdoor fireworks display in the evening followed by a great big like a suppose I’m getting over yet.

From all the talk about this place I expected a lot worse than what I’ve found. Evidently, a lot of fellows didn’t rough it outdoors hunting or fishing or camping out in the woods when they were kids. SUNDAY. AUGUST 12th Another mission today in which the big thrill was getting surprised again bythetestfiringofguns,doggoneit. Wewentbelow several cloud decks to take low cover for F-80s beating up main supply routes starting up near Antung and working down the coast. At the Yalu the sky was fairly clear and gave me a fine opportunity for a look look at the Antung MiG base.

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