F4U Corsair Units of the Korean War

F4U Corsair Units of the Korean War

Combat Aircraft 78
  • Author: Warren Thompson
  • Illustrator: Mark Styling
  • Short code: COM 78
  • Publication Date: 10 Mar 2009
  • Number of Pages: 96
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This book tells the story of the 26 US Navy Squadrons, most of which were carrier based, and the six 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. Supporting the text is a vast number of previously unpublished private photographs that bring the stories of these pilots to life.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, as well as detailed lists noting every Corsair lost in the war.

Biographical Note

Warren Thompson has been an avid military aviation historian and editor for over 40 years and his personal reference collection includes thousands of photos and detailed interviews with over 2,000 pilots and aircrew members. He has had 25 books published including three books on the Korean War for Osprey. His book Korean War Aces in the Aircraft of the Aces series was a bestseller.


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

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