Best Korean War Aviation History Books

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1. Devotion: An Epic Story of Heroism, Friendship, and Sacrifice

Author: by Adam Makos
Published at: Ballantine Books; Reprint edition (March 21, 2017)
ISBN: 978-0804176606

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THE NATIONAL BESTSELLER SOON TO BE A MAJOR MOTION PICTURE From America’s forgotten war in Korea comes an unforgettable tale of courage by the author of A Higher Call. Devotion tells the inspirational story of the U.S. Navy’s most famous aviator duo, Lieutenant Tom Hudner and Ensign Jesse Brown, and the Marines they fought to defend.

A white New Englander from the country-club scene, Tom passed up Harvard to fly fighters for his country. An African American sharecropper’s son from Mississippi, Jesse became the navy’s first black carrier pilot, defending a nation that wouldn’t even serve him in a bar.

While much of America remained divided by segregation, Jesse and Tom joined forces as wingmen in Fighter Squadron 32. Adam Makos takes us into the cockpit as these bold young aviators cut their teeth at the world’s most dangerous joblanding on the deck of an aircraft carriera line of work that Jesse’s young wife, Daisy, struggles to accept.

Deployed to the Mediterranean, Tom and Jesse meet the Fleet Marines, boys like PFC Red Parkinson, a farm kid from the Catskills. In between war games in the sun, the young men revel on the Riviera, partying with millionaires and even befriending the Hollywood starlet Elizabeth Taylor.


2. Silent Warriors, Incredible Courage: The Declassified Stories of Cold War Reconnaissance Flights and the Men Who Flew Them

Author: by Colonel Wolfgang W. E. Samuel
Published at: University Press of Mississippi (February 19, 2019)
ISBN: 978-1496822796

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The outbreak of the Korean War in June 1950 took the American military by surprise. Rushing to respond, the US and its allies developed a selective overflight program to gather intelligence. Silent Warriors, Incredible Courage is a history of the Cold War overflights of the Soviet Union, its allies, and the People’s Republic of China, based on extensive interviews with dozens of pilots who flew these dangerous missions.

In 1954 the number of flights expanded, and the highly classified SENSINT program was born. Soon, American RB-45C, RB-47E/H, RF-100s, and various versions of the RB-57 were in the air on an almost constant basis, providing the president and military leadership with hard facts about enemy capabilities and intentions.

Eventually the SENSINT program was replaced by the high-flying U-2 spy plane. The U-2 overflights removed the mysteries of Soviet military power. These flights remained active until 1960 when a U-2 was shot down by Russian missiles, leading to the end of the program.


3. Into the Tiger's Jaw: America's First Black Marine Aviator (Leatherneck Classics)

Author: by Lt. Gen. Frank E. Peterson Jr. USMC (Ret.)
Published at: Naval Institute Press; Reprint edition (July 30, 2012)
ISBN: 978-1612511900

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“Like many 18-year-olds who sign up to serve with the U.S. Navy, Petersen was looking for adventure when he enlisted. The difference between him and the average kid of 1950, when he enlisted, was that Petersen was African American. At the time military opportunities were limited for blacks, so it was remarkable that Petersen, revealed here as an intense go-getter, was admitted to the highly competitive naval aviation cadet program.

He would go on to become the first African American pilot, then flag officer, then three-star general in the deeply conservative Marine Corps. Assisted by veteran biographer Phelps, Petersen relates his personal and career trajectory from wide-eyed kid to seasoned combatant.

Although the presentation at times is overly detailed, with recollections of Petersen’s acquaintances sprinkled liberally throughout. This work offers valuable insight into the evolution of both the military and the society at large through the experience of one man and his family.


4. Military Vehicles: A Complete History (Easy-to-Make Models)

Author: by Editors of Thunder Bay Press
Published at: Thunder Bay Press (October 8, 2019)
ISBN: 978-1684129362

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Build models of twenty-five iconic military vehiclesand learn the history of their development and usage on the battlefield. From World War I to the present day, Military Vehicles: A Complete History casts a spotlight on some of the world’s most iconic tanks, airplanes, and ships.

The 2-in-1 format includes a reference section with information on each vehicle’s development and usage, while the detachable model pages include press-out cardstock pieces and instructions for assembling twenty-five detailed models. Military history enthusiasts will find many hours of enjoyment in this interactive and informative book.


5. Rebel Seoul

Author: by Axie Oh
Published at: Tu Books (September 15, 2017)
ISBN: 978-1620142998

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EAST ASIA, 2199.After a great war, the East Pacific is in ruins. In brutal Neo Seoul, where status comes from success in combat, ex-gang member Lee Jaewon is a talented pilot rising in the academy’s ranks. Abandoned as a child in the slums of Old Seoul by his rebel father, Jaewon desires only to escape his past.

When Jaewon is recruited into the most lucrative weapons development division in Neo Seoul, he is eager to claim his best shot at military glory. But the mission becomes more complicated when he meets Tera, a test subject in the government’s supersoldier project.

Tera was trained for one purpose: to pilot one of the lethal God Machines, massive robots for a never-ending war. With secret orders to report on Tera, Jaewon becomes Tera’s partner, earning her reluctant respect. But as respect turns to love, Jaewon begins to question his loyalty to an oppressive regime that creates weapons out of humans.

As the project prepares to go public amidst rumors of a rebellion, Jaewon must decide where he stands-as a soldier of the Republic, or a rebel of the people. Pacific Rim meets Korean action dramas in this mind-blowing, New Visions Award-winning science fiction debut.


6. Breakout: The Chosin Reservoir Campaign, Korea 1950

Author: by Martin Russ
Published at: Penguin Books (May 1, 2000)
ISBN: 978-0140292596

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On General Douglas MacArthur’s orders, a force of 12,000 U.S. Marines were marching north to the Yalu river in late November 1950. These three regiments of the 1st Marine Division-strung out along eighty miles of a narrow mountain road-soon found themselves completely surrounded by 60,000 Chinese soldiers.

Despite being given up for lost by the military brass, the 1st Marine Division fought its way out of the frozen mountains, miraculously taking thier dead and wounded with them as they ran the gauntlet of unceasing Chinese attacks. This is the gripping story that Martin Russ tells in his extraordinary book.

Breakout is an unforgettable portrayal of the terror and courage of men as they face sudden death, making the bloody battles of the Korean hills and valleys come alive as they never have before. Of interest will be the new PBS American Experience Documentary “The Battle of Chosin”, which premiered on November 1, 2016.


7. Ways of War: American Military History from the Colonial Era to the Twenty-First Century

Author: by Matthew S. Muehlbauer
Published at: Routledge; 2nd edition (November 6, 2017)
ISBN: 978-1138681620

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From the first interactions between European and native peoples to the recent conflicts in Afghanistan and Iraq, military issues have always played an important role in American history. Now in its updated second edition, Ways of War comprehensively explains the place of the military within the wider context of the history of the United States, showing its centrality to American culture, economics, and politics.

The fifteen chapters provide a complete survey of the American military’s evolution that is designed for semester-length courses. Features of the revised and fully-updated second edition include: Chronological and comprehensive coverage of North American conflicts in the seventeenth century and all wars undertaken by the United States; New or expanded sections on Non-English Colonization in Northeast North America, the Beaver Wars, Pontiac’s War, causes of the American Revolution, borderlands conflict from 1848 to 1865, causes of the American Civil War, Reconstruction, the Meuse-Argonne Campaign, Barack Obama’s second term as president, the Syrian Civil War, and the rise of the Islamic State; 50 revised maps, 20 new images, chapter timelines identifying key events, and text boxes providing biographical information and first-person accounts; A companion website featuring a testbank of essay and multiple choice questions for instructors, as well as student study resources such as an interactive timeline, chapter summaries, annotated further readings, links to online resources, flashcards, and a glossary of key terms.


8. North American F-86 Sabre Owners' Workshop Manual: An insight into owning, flying, and maintaining the USAF's legendary Cold War jet fighter

Author: by Mark Linney
Published at: Zenith Press; First edition (October 22, 2011)
ISBN: 978-0760342923

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The North American F-86 Sabre was the first operational Allied swept-wing transonic jet fighter of the postwar era. It was flown with distinction by the USAF in the Korean War where it was pitted against the Soviet MiG-15. The centerpiece of this Haynes Manual is Golden Apple Operations’ F-86A, 48-178, the sole-surviving airworthy example of the first production Sabre A model, as well as the world’s oldest flying jet-powered aircraft.


9. F-86 Sabre vs MiG-15: Korea 1950–53 (Duel)

Author: by Douglas C. Dildy
Published at: Osprey Publishing; First Edition (May 21, 2013)
ISBN: 978-1780963198

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As the routed North Korean People’s Army (NKPA) withdrew into the mountainous reaches of their country and the People’s Republic of China (PRC) funneled in its massive infantry formations in preparation for a momentous counter-offensive in the last months of 1950, both lacked adequate air power to challenge US and UN air supremacy over both the battlefields and the logistics channels from China into North Korea.

Reluctantly, Josef Stalin agreed to provide the requisite air cover, introducing the superior swept-wing MiG-15 to counter the American’s straight-wing F-80 jets and to repel the United States Air Force (USAF) B-29 bomber formations that were interdicting the PRC’s flow of troops and supplies into North Korea.

This in turn prompted the USAF, against its conventional wisdom of retaining its first-line air-defence fighters to face Soviet air forces across the ‘Iron Curtain’ in Europe, to deploy its very best – the F-86A Sabre – to counter this threat.

Thus began a two-and-a-half-year struggle in the skies over a corner of North Korea known as “MiG Alley.”In this period, the unrelenting campaign for aerial superiority witnessed the introduction of successive models of these two revolutionary jets – the MiG-15bis, the F-86E, and eventually the F-86F – into combat.

10. Holding the Line: The Naval Air Campaign In Korea

Author: by Thomas McKelvey Cleaver
Published at: Osprey Publishing; Reprint edition (January 26, 2021)
ISBN: 978-1472831736

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Now available in paperback, this is the gripping story of Task Force 77, the US Navy carrier commitment to the Korean War that was vital to the success of the UN forces battling the Chinese and North Koreans. Naval and air power were crucial to the United Nations’ success in the Korean War, as it sought to negate the overwhelming Chinese advantage in manpower.

In what became known as the long hard slog, naval aviators sought to slow and cut off communist forces and support troops on the ground. USS Leyte (CV-32) operated off Korea in the Sea of Japan for a record 93 continuous days to support the Marines in their epic retreat out of North Korea, and was crucial in the battles of the spring and summer of 1951 in which the UN forces again battled to the 38th Parallel.

All of this was accomplished with a force that was in the midst of change, as jet aircraft altered the entire nature of naval aviation. This paperback edition of Holding the Line chronicles the carrier war in Korea from the first day of the war to the last, focusing on front-line combat, while also describing the technical development of aircraft and shipboard operations, and how these all affected the broader strategic situation on the Korean Peninsula.

11. Naval Aviation in the Korean War: Aircraft, Ships, and Men

Author: by Warren Thompson
Published at: Pen and Sword Aviation (October 24, 2012)
ISBN: 978-1848844889

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The first part of this book covers the role of US aircraft carriers and aircraft in stopping the North Korean initial push to the south and also their role in the famous Inchon Landing and Pusan Perimeter Break out. The last part of the first chapter deals with naval operations during the Marine’s Chosin Reservoir march to the sea in December 1950.

The book goes on to describe the stabilization of the front lines after the Chinese had entered the war during 1951. At this time, the emphasis for naval air operations was centered on interdiction behind the lines. The focus was on trying to stop road and rail traffic from resupplying the communist troops and allowing them to build up to a major offensive.

It also includes the entry of the F2H Banshee into carrier operations which gave the USA four major types of aircraft with which to wage the war. During 1952 most carrier air groups spend their time off the coast of North Korea while hitting targets up along the Yalu River, putting them well within the range of the MiG-15s.

12. MiG Alley: The US Air Force in Korea, 1950–53

Author: by Thomas McKelvey Cleaver
Published at: Osprey Publishing (November 26, 2019)
ISBN: 978-1472836083

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Titled after the wartime nickname for the part of North Korea that was the epicenter of a bitter struggle for air superiority over the Korean Peninsula, MiG Alley offers an in-depth analysis of the US Air Force’s war in Korea, packed with interesting and exciting personal stories based on first-person testimony from both American and Soviet sources.

Of the many myths that emerged following the end of the Korean War, the prevailing one in the West was that of the absolute supremacy of US Air Force pilots and aircraft over their Soviet-supplied opponents. The claims of the 10:1 victory-loss ratio achieved by the US Air Force fighter pilots flying the North American F-86 Sabre against their communist adversaries, amongst other such fabrications, went unchallenged until the end of the Cold War, when Soviet records of the conflict were finally opened.

From that point onwards, a very different story began to emerge. Far from decisive American victories over an unsophisticated opponent, the aerial battles of the Korean War were, at least in the early years, evenly matched affairs, fought to an approximate 1:1 victory-loss ratio.

13. Guardian Angel: Life and Death Adventures with Pararescue, the World’s Most Powerful Commando Rescue Force

Author: by William Sine Senior Master Sergeant USAF (Ret.)
Published at: Casemate; 0 edition (September 21, 2012)
ISBN: 978-1612001227

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Award Winning Finalist in the ‘Non-Fiction: Narrative’ category of the 2013 International Book Awards”Winner Best First Book Award 2013 New Mexico-Arizona Book AwardsU.S. Air Force Pararescue is the most skillful and capable rescue force in the world, taking on some of the most dangerous rescue missions imaginable.

PJs (short for para-jumpers), are members of an elite unit whose commando skills are so wide-reaching they often seem like something out of science fiction. They routinely tackle perilous operations that are beyond the capabilities of other rescue organizations, and sometimes dare the seemingly impossible.

Since their inception in 1947, PJs have saved more than thirty thousand lives. They can pluck near-frozen climbers off jagged mountaintops as well as recover shot-down jet pilots stranded deep in hostile territory. In the dead of night, the PJs parachute into ominous black waves that loom twenty feet tall to save distressed seamen, and brave the cruelest and most desolate deserts to recover victims.U.S.

14. Night Fighters over Korea

Author: by G. G. O'Rourke
Published at: Naval Institute Press; 2nd edition (October 1, 1998)

ISBN: 978-1557506535

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The Korean War is well known for its daytime battles between the American Sabrejets and Communist MiGs over North Korea, yet few Americans have heard of the wild night skirmishes between the U.S. Navy-Marine Skyknights and their Chinese and Soviet adversaries.

Readers of this story will soon come to realize that in that air war the foe was more often the blackness of night than enemy airmen. The Navy night fighters – jet-powered F3Ds – chronicled here were a detachment of Composite Squadron 4 (VC-4) known as “The Nightcappers”. Lt. G.G.

O’Rourke led the small team of Skyknights on board the USS Lake Champlain in the Korean War. With no ground attack capability, O’Rourke’s intrepid band of frustrated night fighters found themselves unloved, unwanted, and exiled ashore to a forward air base in South Korea.

There, they lived and fought with Marine Night Fighter Squadron 513 (VMF[N]-513) and became the U.S. Navy’s only jet night fighter squadron to see combat in the war. This landmark contribution describes in detail the development and training of Navy night fighters after World War II, their deployment to Korea, and their nightly encounters with MiGs and monsoon weather.