F4U Corsair Units of the Korean War

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The definitive account of F-4 Corsair Units deployed in the Korean War (1950-1953), this book tells the story of the 26 US Navy Squadrons, most of which were carrier based, and the 6 Marine Corps F-4 squadrons that flew combat missions against the North Koreans.

Drawing from a vast repository of personal interviews with F-4 pilots, the author paints a harrowing picture of the deadly combat of this often forgotten air war. Included in this volume is the story of Lt Guy Bordelon, the US Navy's sole ace of the Korean War, who flew an F4U-5N night-fighter against the night raiders sent up by the Korean Air force. Backing up the text is a vast number of previously unpublished private photographs that bring the stories of these pilots to life. Finally the book contains extensive appendices that detail every unit deployment by carrier, air group, Corsair model and tail code. Also included is a detailed list noting every Corsair lost in the war, with tail number, pilot, date of loss and the unit.

Table of Contents

CHAPTER ONE Stemming the Communist Tide (July 1950-December 1950)/CHAPTER TWO Enter the Chinese/Interdiction Missions (January-December 1951)/CHAPTER THREE Close Air Support-Protecting the Troops/CHAPTER FOUR Interdicting the Roads and Railways in North Korea/CHAPTER FIVE Memorable Mission Accounts of the Pilots/CHAPTER SIX Navy and Marine Corsair Missions Statistics/APPENDICES All units involved in the war Combat losses Plates commentaries

Product details

Published Mar 31 2009
Format Paperback
Edition 1st
Extent 96
ISBN 9781846034114
Imprint Osprey Publishing
Illustrations 30 b/w; 82 col
Dimensions 248 x 184 mm
Series Combat Aircraft
Short code COM 78
Publisher Bloomsbury Publishing

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Warren Thompson

Warren Thompson has been an avid military aviati…


Mark Styling


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