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 Memoirs: "My Korean War Experience - 'Mosquito Wars'"

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My Korean War experience-"Mosquito Squadron"

to: My children & Grandchildren

Oct 24, 1998

I entered the Korean War in 1951,-I was stationed in Nagoya, Japan, as a Deputy Finance Officer, and when it became apparent that they needed spotter planes to help in the air and ground conflicts, they screened all pilots, and all those pilots, stationed in Japan, that had 10 hours, or more, of trainer planes (the AT-6) were tapped and alerted to enter the Korean conflict--I had over 800 hours in this aircraft, as I was an Instructor Pilot, at Randolph AFB, Texas, instructing Chinese Cadets, in 1947-I got my orders and as soon as the aircaft carrier arrived in port, with all the AT-6s on it's [sic] deck, we were assigned an aircraft and without any pre-checks by mechanics, we were on our own to see that it was airworthy-my plane developed engine trouble over the Japanese Sea (separating Japan from Korea) so I returned to Japan and I had been pumping raw gas out of a ruptured line--after repairs, my plane was sent over to Korea, but I made the the trip in a C-47 mail cargo plane, as I was needed there to become an instructor pilot and a flight leader (because of my 800 hours{)} in the aircraft)- I also became a test pilot, to test any problems the plane developed, or repairs made after combat damage.

At first, we lived in tents, sandwiched between Korean graves--the Koreans buried their dead in a sitting position, facing some direction that was significant to them, or their relatives--these mounds were above ground and of course they had alot of entry holes for the rats to enter--We finally got quansit [sic] {huts} ^huts of solid metal and better equipped to weather the {snowy} ^cold winters we encountered, and the rats-

Our ^combat missions started at the crack of dawn and we had our first cup of coffee, from a 32 gallon kettle that was heated by

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