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KaleunFreddie
07-03-2006, 03:26 PM
There was going to be 4 guys from SAAF 2-Sqdn, Korea 1950-53, but only 3 made it. 2 saw extensive action in WW2 in Spits, and converted to 'old' P51's for Korea. This was the History Channel 'Live'.

Their accounts were 'only yesterday'. The vivid details of..
..having his buttocks shot to pieces..
..his old school friend spinning into the ground..
..his left leg shaking uncontrollably on the rudder pedals..

They were known to the ground controllers as ... 'WILDWEST'

With regard to their experiences..
The spit was a bugger on the ground, and landing it - narrow wheel base. It was also tricky in combat. The landing gear lever was a 'B' with an 'itch' - Quote " To raise the gear, your left hand hand to let go the throttle and grab the stick. with your right hand grab the U/C lever, shove it first left, then up, then right, and hold it there. If you let it go before the gear was up it would slip back and the gear would stay down."... OUCH!
"The Mustang could outdive any spit with ease, but the spit could outturn the mustang."
To them the Mustang was an incredibly stable gun platform - the best of them all.

"We shared a Mustang, there was this G-meter in the Mustang and it regularly showed up to 9 G's - this indicator stayed there and was not adjustable, so as to indicate the stress of the A/C. But this bugger came back with 12 G's on the clock" as he pointed to his life-long comrade, as they all laughed..

And when it all ended, the 12-G man spoke to me..
"it was terrible... All those helpless people, those children whose parents had died. I saw a 7-year old looking after a 6 month old baby. Those streams of refugees................."

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EDT: forgot to mention... They still had that wild twinkle in their eyes.. http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_wink.gif
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KaleunFreddie
07-03-2006, 03:26 PM
There was going to be 4 guys from SAAF 2-Sqdn, Korea 1950-53, but only 3 made it. 2 saw extensive action in WW2 in Spits, and converted to 'old' P51's for Korea. This was the History Channel 'Live'.

Their accounts were 'only yesterday'. The vivid details of..
..having his buttocks shot to pieces..
..his old school friend spinning into the ground..
..his left leg shaking uncontrollably on the rudder pedals..

They were known to the ground controllers as ... 'WILDWEST'

With regard to their experiences..
The spit was a bugger on the ground, and landing it - narrow wheel base. It was also tricky in combat. The landing gear lever was a 'B' with an 'itch' - Quote " To raise the gear, your left hand hand to let go the throttle and grab the stick. with your right hand grab the U/C lever, shove it first left, then up, then right, and hold it there. If you let it go before the gear was up it would slip back and the gear would stay down."... OUCH!
"The Mustang could outdive any spit with ease, but the spit could outturn the mustang."
To them the Mustang was an incredibly stable gun platform - the best of them all.

"We shared a Mustang, there was this G-meter in the Mustang and it regularly showed up to 9 G's - this indicator stayed there and was not adjustable, so as to indicate the stress of the A/C. But this bugger came back with 12 G's on the clock" as he pointed to his life-long comrade, as they all laughed..

And when it all ended, the 12-G man spoke to me..
"it was terrible... All those helpless people, those children whose parents had died. I saw a 7-year old looking after a 6 month old baby. Those streams of refugees................."

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EDT: forgot to mention... They still had that wild twinkle in their eyes.. http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_wink.gif
http://www.vanjast.com/KoreaVets/KoreaVetsA.JPG

KaleunFreddie
07-03-2006, 05:21 PM
hump-me bump-me...
b4 this dissapears into vets anonymous..

Maybe some overseas vets might like to get into contact, USA, Russia, North Korea, South Korea...

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KaleunFreddie
07-03-2006, 05:50 PM
Just remebered...
When 2-Sqdn went to korea they went on a normal freighter to Japan. When they were about to dis-embark, the US had provided a large military band... they were a completely black negroe band, and white pilots and ground support crew stepped off the ship... http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif

The OC of the base said, quote "Hell's I thought you folk were BLACK".

Well we just roared with laughter http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/11.gif http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-very-happy.gif http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-very-happy.gif http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/clap.gif

HotelBushranger
07-04-2006, 04:49 AM
Bloody beaut post, thanks for tellin mate! I have respect for anyone who can go through all of that, all the lows of war, and return home (dead or alive http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_frown.gif ).