F-51 Mustang Units of the Korean War

F-51 Mustang Units of the Korean War

Combat Aircraft 113
  • Author: Warren Thompson
  • Illustrator: Chris Davey, Gareth Hector
  • Short code: COM 113
  • Publication Date: 20 Dec 2015
  • Number of Pages: 96
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By the time the Korean War erupted, the F-51 Mustang was seen as obsolete, but that view quickly changed when the USAF rushed 145 of them to the theatre in late 1950. They had the endurance to attack targets in Korea from bases in Japan, where the modern F-86 fighters and other jets did not. Rather than the interceptor and escort fighter roles the Mustang had performed during World War 2, in the Korean War they were assigned to ground attack missions - striking at communist troop columns advancing south. This is the chronicle of the Mustang units that fought in the Korean War, detailing the type's involvement in a series of intense actions, its successes and its considerable losses. Drawing on meticulous research and gripping first-hand accounts from aircrew, this book explains how the faithful Mustang was able to roll back the years, fight, and prove itself in a new era of aerial warfare.

Biographical Note

Warren Thompson has had numerous books and magazine articles published over the past 30 years. His interest in the Korean War has spanned almost this entire length of time. Thompson has written books for Osprey since 1990, with his latest contribution being the Combat Aircraft volume on the F9F Panther Units of the Korean War.Chris Davey has illustrated more than 30 titles for Osprey's Aircraft of the Aces, Combat Aircraft and Elite Units series since 1994. Based in Mansfield, Nottinghamshire, and one of the last traditional airbrush artists in the business, he has become the artist of choice for both USAAF/USAF piston-engined fighters.


The very early days of the war with a make-shift unit out of Clark Air Base and the arrival of 145 Mustangs from the states
Mustang numbers become large enough to slow down the North Korean advances on the Pusan Perimeter
Breakout from Pusan and the Inchon Landing
The war becomes stagnant and the Mustangs range all the way up to the Yalu River hunting for targets. The South Africans attach their F-51 squadron to the 18th Fighter-Bomber Wing.
USAF winds down its Mustang operations and slowly converts the squadrons over to new F-86F fighter-bombers
Republic of Korea Mustang operations in the war

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