F9F Panther vs Communist AAA

F9F Panther vs Communist AAA

Korea 1950–53

Duel 121
  • Author: Peter E. Davies
  • Illustrator: Jim Laurier, Gareth Hector
  • Short code: DUE 121
  • Publication Date: 23 Jun 2022
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A detailed look at the deadly battle between US Navy F9F Panther jet fighter-bombers and communist anti-aircraft artillery (AAA) defenses that proliferated throughout the Korean War.

The F9F Panther was one of the many fighters converted for ground-attack duties, following an established US tradition. Originally designed as a jet fighter, in April 1951 it became the first jet to launch from a carrier with bombs loaded, using them to destroy a crucial railway bridge at Songjin. The Panther's four 20 mm guns were considered to be very effective for flak suppression and these aircraft were used as escorts for propeller-driven AD Skyraider and F4U Corsair attack aircraft. However, later in 1951, flak damage to Panthers increased as the Chinese established better AAA weapons to defend key transport routes. The communist AAA crews had heavy guns of 37 mm caliber and above. Gunners could use optical height finders, predictors and in many cases radar control. They learned to conceal their weapons in civilian buildings, use wires to bring aircraft down, and set up false targets as "flak traps."

Both opponents' tactics and gunnery are explored in depth in this study of the F9F Panthers and of their adversaries. Containing full-color illustrations including cockpit scenes and armament views, this innovative volume also includes a detailed analysis of the US Navy Panthers' loss rates and their causes.

Biographical Note

Peter E. Davies has published over 30 books for Osprey. He has specialized in the aircraft of the Vietnam and Cold War, analyzing tactics, politics, and technologies in combat. First-hand interviews and unpublished material are a hallmark of his work. Peter has been a contributor to Aeroplane Monthly, Aviation News, and Aircraft Illustrated. The illustrators for this volume are Gareth Hector (cover and battlescene) and Jim Laurier (armament, cockpit views, and engaging the enemy).

Contents

Introduction
Chronology
Design and Development
Technical Specifications
The Strategic Situation
The Combatants
Combat
Statistics and Analysis
Aftermath
Further Reading
Index


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