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Re: Aircraft Used in Korea
Postwar Yaks are hard to deal with -- even official Russian sites call the
postwar all metal job either Yak-9U or Yak-9T, your choice. U makes better sense
and was one used in Korea. According to what Soviet records I have seen, no
other Yaks from WWII were sent to Korea - 3s, 7s, or 9s. All of the wooden ones
seem to have gone for scrap as soon as the GPW was over. USAF is one who
apparently called it the P model as they found a cannon in the engine block on
their captured examples and the one they tested.
Yak-9U listed as carrying two UBS and one ShVAK, so that matches up pretty
well. Top speed listed as 666 kph (363 kts) at 5,000 meters.
Chinese were only noted by both their sources and Soviet ones with La-9,
La-11, MiG-9 (nearly the entire production run), and MiG-15 fighters. No Yaks
other than Yak-17UTI for conversion purposes. I have no record of Il-10 in PLAAF
service; only the Tu-2 which the Koreans did not get.
Apparently the storage in the eastern USSR was only P-63s as they were listed
as based there in a prewar US intelligence report and were found there when
49 FBG shot them up. Most of the Airacobras were also scrapped by then. (Did
they at least preserve Podkryshkin's?)