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Re: North Korean Version of the War
The reason I asked the question is that I recently discovered that the
Russians operated a rather substantial COMINT collection network in
Manchuria that provided direct support to General Lobov's 64 Fighter
Aviation Corps. They appear to have had considerable success exploiting the
USAF's tactical radio traffic from 1951 onwards, in large part because of
poor COMSEC procedures by American pilots and ground controllers. From
these intercepted comms, they were able to predict targets of USAF bombing
raids, size of bombing force, number of fighter escorts, etc.
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Sent: Sunday, March 18, 2001 5:27 PM
Subject: Re: North Korean Version of the War
> If you mean interrogations of POWs, no. They do cover the operations of
> so-called "Dzhyubenko Group" which was formed to force down an operational
> F-86. They failed, but the effort is interesting to note.
> The authors cite that the Soviets did get two functional F-86s, an A and
> E, which were sent back to Moscow for repair and study. A-5 49-1319 was
> down by COL Pepelyayev, the 1st or 2nd (depending upon source) ace on
> side. COL Mahurin's F-86E was functional with some repair and was noted by
> the authors as being flown in an awful green paint scheme for test
> near Moscow.
> Cookie Sewell