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Re: Aircraft Used in Korea
According to my WW2 data. The P63s were delivered very late in WW2.
About the time they were deployed the ETO the war was over Some were moved
Eastern Siberia and used them against the Japanese. Records indicate there
one recored Kill and that was against a Japanese Ki21 Bomber.
I believe they were the first new fighters to arrive. Probably because the
P63 had greater
range then any of the Russian Fighter planes. I believe some were shipped by
Details are sketchy.
Cookie stated the Korean P63 were essentially stored away or scraped.
I guess after the war there was no way to get fresh parts. Seems the
all US aircraft save the DC3/C47 and their version of the B29 were scraped.
The French were very happy with the P63 and kept them. They actually needed
from the US to use them in Vietman and 50 were sent. Must have been a lend
----- Original Message -----
Sent: Tuesday, May 27, 2003 9:32 PM
Subject: 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
> and was one used in Korea. According to what Soviet records I have seen,
> other Yaks from WWII were sent to Korea - 3s, 7s, or 9s. All of the wooden
> 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
> 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
> other than Yak-17UTI for conversion purposes. I have no record of Il-10 in
> 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
> as based there in a prewar US intelligence report and were found there
> 49 FBG shot them up. Most of the Airacobras were also scrapped by then.
> they at least preserve Podkryshkin's?)
> Cookie Sewell