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AD Skyraider Units Of The Korean War (Combat Aircraft) Download _VERIFIED_ 26

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AD Skyraider Units of the Korean War (Combat Aircraft) download 26

The units of the USAF, which were operating in Korea, were organizationally under the Far East Air Forces [FEAF], commanded by Lieutenant General George E. Stratemeyer. At the start of the war, FEAF had the following composition: the Fifth Air Force, based in Japan, had the 3rd and 38th Medium Bombardment Groups [BG], the 8th Fighter-bomber Wing [FBW], the 35th Fighter Interceptor Wing [FIW], the 49th FBW, the 347th (All Weather) Fighter Group, the separate 4th (All Weather) Fighter and 6th Fighter Squadrons, the 512th Reconnaissance Squadron [RS], and the 374th Airlift Wing. The Fifth Air Force was a powerful air army consisting of more than 1,200 combat aircraft. As of 31 May 1950, this number included 42 F-82 Twin Mustang and 47 F-51 Mustang fighters, 504 F-80 Shooting Star jet fighter-bombers, 73 B-26 Invader light bombers and 27 B-29 Superfortress heavy bombers. Non-combat aircraft at its disposal included 48 reconnaissance planes of various types, 147 C-47, C-54, C-119 and other transport aircraft, as well as 282 liaison aircraft, consisting primarily of T-6 Texans and L-4 Piper Cubs. These numbers do not include the USNAF [US Navy Air Force, staging from aircraft carriers of the US Seventh Fleet, which had 118 F4U Corsair fighters, AD-1 Skyraider attack aircraft and F9F Panther jet attack aircraft. All of this air power could take off from their bases at any minute and begin combat operations on behalf of South Korea.

FEAF Headquarters, which was located in Tokyo, had direct operational control over the UN air units. All the tactical aviation (fighters, fighter-bombers, light bombers, reconnaissance and transport aircraft) in the Korean theater of operations was subordinate to the Fifth Air Force. As the war progressed, formations from other US air forces, as well as from the United States itself (including from the National Guard and the Reserve) were mobilized to serve under the Fifth Air Force command. Strategic aviation (bombers and reconnaissance) came under the command of a specially-created Provisional FEAF Bomber Command. Not all of the aforementioned units and formations took part in combat operations in Korea; however, numerous aviation units, which had not previously been under FEAF, arrived in the theater of combat operations.

On 12 September the Division Support Command arrived in Vietnam, The SupportCommand units consisted of the 15th Medical Battalion, responsible for thehealth and life saving needs of the soldiers on and away from the battlefield,the 15th Transportation Corps Battalion, responsible for aircraft maintenance,the 15th Supply and Service Battalion, responsible for supplying everythingfrom meals complete with toothpicks to gasoline, and the 27th MaintenanceBattalion, responsible for performing timely maintenance of the groundvehicles and weapons of the Division. The functions of each unit wereintegrated into individual support organizations called Forward ServiceSupport Elements (FSSE). Three of these elements were distributed throughoutthe operational areas of the 1st Cavalry Division.

The original method of operation of the 1st Cavalry Division was that only twobrigades would be deployed in the field at a time an the other would remain atthe base camp. For the most part, the 227th Assault Helicopter Battalion (AHB)supported the 3rd Brigade and the 229th (AHB) supported the 1st Brigade andboth battalions shared in the support of the 2nd Brigade. The 228th AssaultSupport Helicopter Battalion (ASHB) was employed in general support of theDivision. The mission of 11th General Support Aviation Company was to furnishaviation support for the Division Headquarters and other units within theDivision without organic aircraft. The group and its subordinate units soonproved to be able to provide continuous support (day or night) during marginalvisual and weather conditions.

LZ Montezuma was composed of light sandy soil; and the heavy rotary wingtraffic soon generated monumental, semi-permanent dust clouds. This in turngenerated a severe maintenance problem in the rotor heads of the helicopters.Peneprine, an oil-base dust palliative, was spread on the helipads andrefueling areas as fast as it became available and helped reduce this problem.A concurrent problem was the air traffic control necessary for the hundreds ofaircraft arriving with the Air Cavalry combat and combat support units beinglifted into LZ Montezuma throughout the day and the Marine aircraft beginningthe outward deployment.

In addition to the control fire directed at the enemy in the village,additional firepower of aerial rocket and Marine artillery, from Quang Tri,was made available along with Tactical Air Control (TAC) aircraft from Da Nangand a naval destroyer, with five inch guns, offshore. In the next seven hours,all of the firepower pounded the enemy to reduce the position of the enemy.During the afternoon, "D" Company, 1st and "C" Company, 2nd Battalions, 5thCavalry, airlifted into an adjacent LZ and closed on the village. Due to thepossibility of the enemy infiltrating the lines during the night, it wasdecided to overrun the position of the enemy and destroy their capability foreffective operations during the night. The guided missile cruiser USSBOSTON arrived at dusk and in an all night bombardment her basic load ofeight inch shells were exhausted. It was a nervous night for the enemysoldiers within the tight cordon. Unorganized, some of the survivors attemptedindividual escapes and were soon rounded up with tanks having turret mountedsearchlights and two swift Navy patrol boats operating close to the shoreline.At 0930 hours, the next morning, a final assault was made on the enemy. In theafter battle assessment, two hundred thirty-three of the 814th NVA InfantryBattalion were KIA and forty-four were taken as Prisoners of War (POW) withthe 5th Cavalry units experiencing only three causalities. (Editor's Note:This was the first time that lineage elements of the original "A", "B" and "C"Troops, 5th Cavalry Regiment had fought as a consolidated unit since 1943 inWorld War II.

The enemy reaction to the opening of the Allied Offensive took the form of aconfused, milling crowd, ill-prepared to deal with the massive onslaught thatwas unleashed. Tactical surprise was complete. The enemy had not left thearea, nor had they reinforced or prepared their defenses. The heliborneassault forces were not greeted with heavy anti-aircraft fire but rather onlywith small arms fire from a few individuals. Nowhere in evidence were theheavy machineguns from the three antiaircraft battalion-size units known to bein the area. While later evidence showed that while some strategicpreparations had been made hedging against a possible allied thrust, the enemytacticians had not taken steps to counter an air assault. Airmobility hadagain caught the enemy off-balance. The results were evident, as noted in thefollowing official excerpts of the day's activities: The 1/9 Cavalry had a field day catching small groups of NVA trying to evade, resulting in a record total of 157 NVA killed by helicopter. TAC Air in another record setting day put a total of 185 sorties on hard targets which resulted in 109 NVA KBA in the ARVN Airborne AO alone. Among the ARVN Airborne forces, the 5th Battalion was outstanding with 27 NVA killed and 8 prisoners taken during the day. The prisoners were later identified as members of the 250th Convalescence Battalion, the 50th Rear Service Group and the 1st Battalion, 165th Regiment, 7th NVA Division. The 3rd Company, 3rd ARVN Airborne made the first significant cache discovery at 1720 hours when they found a large medical cache of up to 6,000 pounds. The cache included the finest in modern surgical equipment and had been imported from western Europe via Air France, possibly through Phnom Penh. The ground contact of "H" Company, 2/11 ACR was the highlight of the 11th ACR operations during the day. After passing through a regimental-size base camp, a large enemy force was encountered in trenches to the north. The ensuing battle left 50 enemy dead versus 2 US KIA, the only US combat fatalities of D-day.On 03 May Task Force Shoemaker was reinforced with elements of the 2nd Brigade.Multiple small caches were being discovered by the ground units while thefirst large weapons cache was observed from the air by "A" Troop, 1stSquadron, 9th Cavalry. This area was engaged with gunships and Tactical Airresulting in the destruction of seven 2-ton trucks, thirteen 1-ton trucks, andthree jeeps. Another truck park in the nearby area was discovered and theCavalry Troop destroyed nine trucks with their own gunships.

On 15 May, relief units, moving down Highway 13, broke through and helped lift the bitter siege of An Loc. The North Vietnamese were reeling from huge losses and began to withdraw to their sanctuaries in Cambodia and Laos. Their springoffensive aimed at cutting South Vietnam in half and capturing Saigon had beendecisively smashed. The helicopter air effort of the 3rd Brigade had turned ina magnificent performance in support of the remaining advisors with the ARVN units. During the period of 05 April through 15 May 1972, more than onehundred T-54 tanks, armored personnel carriers, and anti-aircraft guns wereknocked out in the area around An Loc.

Throughout the late 1940s, more and more Navy carrier-based units were equipped with Skyraiders of various versions. As the year 1950 began, it appeared that the production of the Skyraider was going to be winding down quite shortly, with 12 Navy AD attack squadrons, plus two AD-4N night attack and two AD-3W early warning squadrons already in service. Throughout the Korean conflict, the Skyraider was used in a variety of roles--day and night attack against North Korean and Chinese troop concentrations as well as radar jamming and electronic countermeasures. It was able to carry a large variety of offensive loads, and was the only plane capable of delivering 2000-lb bombs with dive-bombing precision against targets such as mountain bridges and hydroelectric dams. Numerous sorties were flown by AD-4N night-attack aircraft. These three-seat aircraft were very effective in night operations, carrying a 500 lb bomb, 6 250 lb bombs and six flares. 350c69d7ab


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