Combat Over Korea

Philip D Chinnery

Date Published :
February 2012
Publisher :
Pen and Sword
Illustration :
16 pages b/w plates
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Binding. : Hardback
ISBN : 9781848844773
Pages : 208
Dimensions : 9 X 6 inches
Stock Status : In stock
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Combat Over Korea offers a superb selection of thrilling accounts by Allied airmen of their experiences. These include air combat between fighters, a B29 Superfortress bomber ditching in the sea, C-54 cargo plane being attacked by North Korean fighters.

We read of the exploits of the 21 Troop Carrier Squadron (The Kyushu Gipsies) who flew into impossibly short strips to rescue thousands of wounded soldiers – they received the Presidential Citation for their feat.

Others tell of their hair-raising escapades after being shot down. While a number miraculously avoided capture (often due to the skill of fellow pilots), many were less lucky. Their treatment in captivity was often brutal. Very few escaped but 1st Lieutenant Melvin Shadduck did and he tells his story here, as do others who have remarkable experiences to describe.

While it was not until 1955 that the last POWs were released, the Author concludes that there is every possibility that a number were denied freedom forever.

About The Author

Philip Chinnery is the chairman of the National Ex-Prisoner of War Association and has carried out extensive research into the life of prisoners of the First World War in German hands. A prolific writer, he has published almost 20 books on military and aviation subjects including three on the Korean war for Pen and Sword. He also writes articles for Flypast and Aeroplane Monthly magazines and has recently produced two specials for Key Publishing on the Vietnam and Korean air wars. He is currently working on a second volume on the First World War describing the escapes carried out by desperate and determined prisoners of the Kaiser.


“A Stunning collection of Allied airmen’s first hand wartime experiences…For its variety of air action and inspiring human courage, this title is unlikely to be bettered and should be on every bookshelf of those with an interest in the Korean air war.”

- Airfix Model World

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