Author: Our Forgotten Wars

meco-official: Two U.S. Navy Grumman F9F-2 Pa…


Two U.S. Navy Grumman F9F-2 Panther jets from Fighter Squadron 51
(VF-51) “Screaming Eagles” during a sortie over Korea, in 1951-52.
VF-51 was assigned to Carrier Air Group 5 aboard the aircraft
carrier USS Essex (CV-9) for a deplyoment to Korea from 26 June 1951 to 25 March 1952.
The pilot of the lead plane (S-107) was Lt.JG George Russell, S-116 was flown by Ens. Neil Armstrong, who later went to land on the Moon on Apollo 11.

Armstrong flew 78 missions over Korea between 1951 and 1952.  He saw first saw action on 29 August 1951 while flying escort for a reconnaissance mission.  Five days later, on 3 September, Armstrong flew an armed reconnaissance mission over the village of Majon-ni, near Wonsan.  While making a low bombing run, his aircraft was hit by anti-aircraft fire, and while trying to regain control of the aircraft, he struck a pole, which cut off 3 feet of his right wing.

Amazingly, Armstrong was able to wrestle the plane back over friendly territory, but after losing an aileron he was forced to eject.  He was eventually picked up in a jeep driven by a flight school roommate, but the aircraft was never recovered.

During his years of service, Armstrong was award the Air Medal for 20 combat missions, two gold stars for the next 40, the Korean Service Medal and Engagement Star.  He later went on to serve as a Lieutenant Junior Grade in the Navy Reserve, still as a pilot, before resigning his commission in 1960.



An 81mm mortar crew of Company D, 180th Infantry Regiment, 45th ID, launch mortars at Chinese positions, somewhere in Korea, 1952



Marines with a bazooka and a browning set up a security post against possible tank counter-attack, September 15, 1950. NARA 5891325 



USS Franklin D. Roosevelt (CVB-42) launches a Lockheed P2V Neptune bomber with JATO assist, during a Task Force 21 cruise, 2 July 1951.

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First Marine Division takes to the road on withdrawl from Koto-ri, December 8, 1950. NARA 74248653

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Ultra rare color photos of Colombian soldiers in the Korean War, taken by artillery corporal Gilberto Díaz, former member of Batallón Colombia N°1, the battalion that fought in the peninsula from 1951 to 1953


Colombia was the only South American country to send men to the war, totaling 5,000 thousand, but never more than 1,000 at a time, ending the campaign with 163 dead, 448 wounded and 28 POW.


As a personal note, dad was active in the Colombian army around that time, where he requested to be send to fight in the war, something the army rejected, which to this day still haunts him.   



US Army 6th Tank Battalion M45 Pershing, a variant of the M26 mounting a 105mm howitzer. Korea, 1950.

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Soldiers of the Royal Anglian Regiment stop and adopt defensive positions on each side of a trac in the Radfan mountains, during the Aden Crisis. Yemen, 1965

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SADF clearing bunkers in the Border War, 1980s.

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South African Recce operators, from left to right, 

Koos Stadler, André Diedericks, a UNITA member known as Captain Mickey, and Neve Matias, another recce.

Stadler and DIedericks were on two-men missions to infiltrate Angola and destroy the FAPLA’s MIG-21 and MIG-23 on the runways.