Wings Clipped: A Redhawk Captured in Korea

Armorers load 5-inch High Velocity Aerial Rockets (HVAR) on a North American F-51D Mustang of the 39th Fighter-Interceptor Squadron during the early part of the Korean War. The USAF expended many Mustangs during the intense fighting of the Korean War, and neither of these two aircraft survived. The nearest machine, 44-74488 crashed in Korea on July 7, 1951. The F-51D in the background, 44-74597, was shot down near Pyongyang, north Korea on August 14, 1951 – the pilot was killed. In the distance are F-51 Mustangs of No. 2 Squadron, South African Air Force, distinguished by the roundel with a leaping Springbok animal in the center, the national insignia used between a 1947 and 1957. (USAF photo via ww2db)

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