The definitive account of F-4 Corsair Units deployed in the Korean War (1950-1953), this book tells the story of the 26 US Navy Squadrons, most of which were carrier based, and the 6 Marine Corps F-4 squadrons that flew combat missions against the North Koreans.
Drawing from a vast repository of personal interviews with F-4 pilots, the author paints a harrowing picture of the deadly combat of this often forgotten air war. Included in this volume is the story of Lt Guy Bordelon, the US Navy's sole ace of the Korean War, who flew an F4U-5N night-fighter against the night raiders sent up by the Korean Air force. Backing up the text is a vast number of previously unpublished private photographs that bring the stories of these pilots to life. Finally the book contains extensive appendices that detail every unit deployment by carrier, air group, Corsair model and tail code. Also included is a detailed list noting every Corsair lost in the war, with tail number, pilot, date of loss and the unit.
"You would expect to have a lot of 'There I was' stories in the book and you'll find them here. These add a great deal of interest and allow the reader to see what combat was like during the conflict. The images chosen are superb and as color photography was coming into more widespread use, many of the images are in full color. There is also the usual profiles section that we've come to expect in Osprey aviation books. Overall, it is an excellent addition to the series and a book that no Corsair or Korean War enthusiast should miss." -Scott Van Aken, www.modelingmadness.com (April 2009)
F4U Corsair Units of the Korean War by Warren Thompson