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Re: Korea War List of Aces
I am not making the argument for Duke..
Just reporting his comments over his historical battle and his experience.
Yet I can see why there may have been some embarrassment that was covered
Regarding SK pilots did we have a big training program for them?
If so did they get a chance to fly combat against NK?
One other thing....the F9F seemed to hold its own against the Mig.
I was surprised to read that a Yak9 shot down an F80.
What was your feedback on these two aircraft?
----- Original Message -----
Sent: Thursday, January 15, 2004 4:13 PM
Subject: Re: Korea War List of Aces
> There is no reason for the Chinese -- let alone the Koreans -- to publish
> accurate accounts at this time, and probably will not be for decades.
> The Chinese have made up a lesser mythos about their achievements in
> and as such are not about to upset things with admissions that the
> lied about it. Most of the pilots like Wang Hai are more than willing to
> up the "mystique" of their success, so you can't count on them for
> The Koreans, on the other hand, live on Fantasy Island and have made a
> mythos up about "The Great Fatherland Reunification War" which is based on
> "Ju Che" (self-reliance) philosophy of Kim Il Sung. Little of it has to do
> with reality or even bad rewriting of history, but the DPRK is a nation
> cannot -- and will not -- ever admit it made mistakes of any kind.
> As for the reason that Congressman Cunningham can't get the answers any
> than I can, NSA treats all as the same unless it is an official request in
> line with ongoing Congressional or Defense matters. What happened 32 years
> interesting but not critical to their survival or national security, and
> it goes to the bottom of the stack. The material IS there -- I already
> $135 (less a $50 "discount" for having been part of the SIGINT community
> time) so am sure it is going to eventually come out.
> Cookie Sewell