Don and Joe:
Interesting bit of info on NK subs -
I found your 'pinch-a-MIG' article at the above web
interesting. The photo of Nichols looking at an MIG part has been around
(just Nick and the rest cropped out), giving the impression that he was actually
standing on the mud flat of Yalu. Your photo debunks that myth - Nichols
was in reality on the ship deck when the photo was taken. Your article
also debunks the myth that Nichols led the 2nd MIG recovery op as well -
he did lead the 1st op, I think.
BTW, the myths were widely disseminated at 6006
when I was with it (1954-55).
The two former ROKN vessels cited by Joe defected
----- Original Message -----
Sent: Monday, May 20, 2002 7:58 AM
Subject: Re: North Korean Naval OOB
Several books ("With The Carriers In Korea," by John R.P.
Lansdown is one) attribute two submarines given to the North Koreans by the
Russians before the start of the Korean War. John wrote me that he had been
given personal access to British Intel that documented that statement.
"Joseph S. Bermudez Jr." wrote:
> Does anyone--don't laugh--know where I might
obtain a reasonable OOB of the North Korean Navy during the war? Apart from
references to the four torpedo boats (reportedly) that engaged in the war's
only real surface action on 2 July 1950, I have seen no specifics on the
composition of the North Korean Navy. Even the "Conway's All the
World's Fighting Ships 1947-1995" is not much help in this
The fleet consisted of 29 vessels (one 750-ton ship;
two 300-ton ships; twenty 30-50 ton patrol boats; three 50-ton tugs; two
former South Korean Navy motor mine sweeper; and one former Imperial
Japanese Navy motor mine sweeper).
Joseph S. Bermudez