Mustangs over Korea The North American F-51 at War 1950-53 by David R. McLaren

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October 29 saw the NKA begin a last ditch stand in the vicinity of Chongju. The UN ground forces had their hands full, and the 5th Air Force staged a maximum effort to come to their support. The 8th Regiment of the 1st Cavalry Division was hit the hardest at Unsan, some eighty miles north of Pyongyang. By the time the NKA attack was over they had captured thirteen American tanks and the 8th Regiment had lost over five hundred men. In continuing the pressure on the UN forces on November 3 elements of a Chinese Division assaulted the Anglo-American 27th Brigade.

Their attacks would be made, and then they would proceed to a base in South Korea, normally Taegu, where they often came under small arms fire while in the traffic pattern, to land, rearm and refuel. Every effort was made to expedite the Mustangs through these ground functions, so usually the pilots did not even have the opportunity to get out of their cockpits to stretch their legs before they were dispatched once again. Once airborne they would contact "Mellow Control," the Joint Operations Control center, for their next target assignment.

Brackenreg) pilots could see part way into the hut's interior, but when a rescue helicopter arrived no trace of Harrop could be found. His body was found in a rough grave the following December without any explanation from the local Koreans, who were apparently afraid of North Korean partisans in the area. On September 9 Flight Lt. Roscoe "Ross" Coburn found himself with his hands full that resulted in a lifetimes worth of excitement. Upon making a rocket strike against Kigye Coburn encountered some small arms fire and his Mustang took a hit in its cooling system.

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