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

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an "X" shaped gasoline stove--it kept the coffee boiling and the first cups in the morning were good but after returning from combat, the coffee was almost syrup and could only be drunk with 1/2 can of condensed milk--

Our combat missions were all over enemy territory and we would spot troop movement, vehicle movement, or gun emplacements, then call in air strikes, ground artillary [sic] fire, or troops to enter the {air} ^area where the activities were spotted-All our missions were close to the ground and we carried an Army Observer (all nationalities--British, Canadian, Korean, etc) in the back seat, as they could determine what we were observing from the air and the amount of equipment, types, and logistics {so} ^so when we called for strikes, on these items, the type of strike could be more effective, in bombing, or artillery fire--We as pilots had to give map locations and coordinates, that our observers provided (and we verified)--We would then circle the areas, to be hit, until the planes, or artillery was ready--then we fired a smoke rocket into the area, so the planes could have a visual reference, to start their bomb run, or the artillery would know the area and could pattern shell it with their heavy guns--

I was required to fly with each new pilot, for five combat missions--I would fly two missions, orientating [sic] them on the terrain and how to approach targets and how to {mark} ^mark them with one of the twelve smoke rockets we {had] ^carried under the wing-the last three missions, I sat in the back seat, as an observer and called in the air strikes and let the new pilot take it from there and direct the planes to hit left, right, above, or below

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