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Korean War Aces: 004 (Osprey Aircraft of the Aces) [Paperback]

Robert F. Dorr , Jon Lake , Warren Thompson
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10 April 1995 Osprey Aircraft of the Aces (Book 4)
The first virtually all-jet war, the conflict in Korea saw F-86 Sabres of the USAF take on MiG-15s of the North Korean and Chinese air forces. Although the Allied pilots were initially taken aback by the ability of the communist fighter in combat, sound training and skilful leadership soon enabled Sabre pilots to dominate the dogfights over the Yalu River. In all 39 F-86 pilots achieved ace status, and a number of these are profiled in this volume, as are notable pilots from the US Navy, Marine Corps and Royal Navy and, for the first time, the handful of MiG-15 aces.

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  • Paperback: 96 pages
  • Publisher: Osprey Publishing (10 April 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1855325012
  • ISBN-13: 978-1855325012
  • Product Dimensions: 24.9 x 18.6 x 1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 534,671 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Robert F Dorr is a well respected author of long-standing reputation - he has written over a dozen books for Osprey over the years. His histories on modern American combat aircraft like the F-101 Voodoo and A-6 Intruder have set the standard for works of this type. His ability to combine 'crew speak' with concise editorial comment gives his books a unique and revealing style of their own. Warren Thompson has written three books on the Korean War for Osprey in the past, including the best-selling Korean War Aces in the Aircraft of the Aces series. He is also an official historian of the P-61 aircrew association.

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Before daybreak on Sunday, 25 June 1950, amid squalls of rain, North Korean forces invaded South Korea with 90,000 men and hundreds of Russian-made T-34 tanks. Read the first page
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Korean War Aces 22 May 2009
The book is an excellent read. Its up to their usual standards of all of the other Osprey Aces of The Air collection
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5.0 out of 5 stars Aces of the Korean War 30 July 2013
By Smithy
Another excellent Osprey offering from their "Aircraft of the Aces" series and a brilliant small introduction into the air war over Korea. As with the other titles in the series, the reader is given a good, concise text, a wonderful assortment of photos on the subject and the superb full colour profiles which will be invaluable to scale modellers. By far the main concentration is the United Nations air forces and specifically the F-86 Sabre units which duelled over the infamous MiG Alley. The book is rounded out will a short chapter on Soviet MiG-15 pilots and aces but nothing of note in relation to North Korean or Chinese pilots, although this is hardly surprising given the lack of any detailed information regarding this when the book was first published. In conclusion this is once again a superb Osprey title and will be of great interest to those with an interest in the Korean War.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Korean War Aces 13 Jun 2012
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For fans of the F-86 Sabre, this is another treat, lots of wonderful photographs and information about the F86 Sabre in the Korean War from 1950-53.

I would also reccomend the books by Warren Thompson on the F86 Sabre units the 4th FIW and 51st FIW, I find the Korean war a fascinating time in history, a war which used the modern Sabre along with WW2 equipment such as the B29 Superforteress, F51 Mustang etc.

This book gives some great information on the pilots who flew the Sabre in combat.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good, but missing info 7 Jan 2001
By Ryan Haas - Published on Amazon.com
This is a book Osprey needed to make and Robert Dorr did a great job. It has information on American and Soviet Aces. The book talks about famous aircraft, like the Mustang, Corsair, Mig 15, and Sabre. The info on Soviet aces was a nice surprise. The facts about British, South African, and Australian aces were an extra bonus. I only wish the book had given info on North Korean and Chinese aces.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Just the Facts and Little More 9 Sep 2005
By Marco Antonio Abarca - Published on Amazon.com
The Korean War is a very interesting time period for the military aviation enthusiast. It was a period where propeller driven P-51's and Corsairs battled with Mig 15's and Sabre aces shot down Yak 9's. And of course, the huge jet battles that took place over the skies of Mig Alley. A technological revolution took place during the four years of the conflict.

"Korean War Aces" by Robert Dorr is a plodding account of Korean Air War. All the key phases of the war are covered. Dorr dutifully documents all of the key facts. Every ace gets his due. However, if you are interested in the human story of Korean Air War, this is not the book for you. It is a pity that such dramatic story is rendered in such lifeless manner. The only reason to purchase the book is for the photographs and the color aircraft plates.
5.0 out of 5 stars Interesting and accurate portrayal of our Heroes! 29 Aug 2013
By MaryAnn Milton Butterfield - Published on Amazon.com
This is a historically accurate portrayal of our heroes of the Korean War, and is a good read. It is especially good for historians.
3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Crucial and tragic "Dogfighting" History between F-86 vs MIG-15 during Korean War ! 22 April 2009
By Woong B. Lee - Published on Amazon.com
Crucial and tragic "dog fighting" History between F-86 vs MIG-15
during Koreai

Ifound this book provided the overview of detailed history of combat hisyory
oflong term period,1950-1953, during Korean WAR: US first swept wing fighter,F-86
vs Soviet first swept wing fighter,MIG-15 !
This is a Review on this book from Korean Military Aviation Reasearcher,Young Ki Moon.
I like emphasize as following:
Soviet MIG-15 pilot, Col. Orlov dicclosed episode his shooting down a F-86E with
small damage which sent to Moskow for it's resyoration for Anamy,power of F-86E
including western Technology.on oct,i951(quoted from "Red Wings over the Yalu" by Xiaming Zhang(2002)
US desparately wanted MIG-15 same as Sovit wanted !
In Sept,1953, immediately after Armistice,a North Korean, Senoor Lt.Kum Suk No fled to
Souyh Korea with his a MIG-15 bis, improved version.immediate all tests of this was performed
by Capt. Collins and Maj. Check Yeager AT Okinawa Air Base.
Compairing Power of MIG-15 vs F-86 :
MIG-15 ; slightly faster speed,fly higher, faster rate of climbing, better maneuberbility
including better tightcircle,heavier armament(1-37mm cannon, 2-23mm cannon) aiming
destruction of heavy, strategic B-29 bombers. Soviet air ace, Yevgeni Pepelyaev
pointed weak destructive power of routie american figher's 6-browning 12.7mm machine guns.
it's unstablemaeuverbility at lower level resulted to engine failere !(early MIG-15 had
mechanical problems of elevaodrs)
MIG-15bis : improved version of original MIG-15. increased jet trust powerd engine.with new designed wing.
faster,shdrter range of take off.
F-86A : faster dive speed. good maneuverbility at liw altitude. armament does not mach to MIG-15.
F-86E ; manuverbility and saftyness increased after "All flyihg tail".
F-86F; improved engine power,increased speed, high flying increased maneuverbility.
Become superior fighter than MIG-15bis in evry aspect !!

killing Ratio between F-86 vs MIG-15 :
Killing Ratio is very difficult matters according to diffreent reporters and country.
somedne said different rate ranging from 50%~100% !!
US side: 18;i->10:1, corrected after war favoured to F-86.
anoteher repotre--MIG-15 vs F-86 killing Ratio 3.5:1 if F-80 and F-84 included !:1.
in B-29, Total 34 losted in combat( 16 to fighter, 4 to AAA, 14 to other causes.
B-29 gunners had credited destroying 27 fighters including 16 MIG-15.(quoted from
Soviet side :F-86vs MIG-15-2.2:1,.(1952), 1.9:1(1953).Soviet favour.
on the basis of kills attributable to individual pilots,after all cinfirmation,
total shot down-1025.( B-29 66,B-26 7,RB-45 2, RB-50 1, F-47 2 F-51 28,F-80 123,
F-84 181,F-86 574, F-94 11, F4U 1, F6F 3, Metere F.8 26) during this period,
their MIG-15 loss were 307.(quoted from "Soviet Mig-15 Aces of the Korean War,2008);:
Chinese side: lost 224 MIG-15 vs F-86 211. but overall air-to -air kills 1:1.42 in Chinese favour !
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