Aerial Kills during the Korean War – Gun Camera Footage



Compilation of various aircraft fighting on the North Korean side during the Korean War engaged by USAF F-86 Sabres 1951-1953. Some known historical context:

0:00 – 1st Lt Thomas E Nott in an F-86F Sabre shoots down a MiG-15 on June 29th 1953

0:12 – 355th FS Sabre pilot Captain Ralph Parr blows the wing off his fifth MiG-15 making him the 34th Sabre ace on June 18th 1953

0:19 – 1st Lt Walter R. Copeland scores his first and only MiG-15 kill on September 9th 1952

0:30 – Manuel J.”Pete” Fernandez Jr’s two MiG-15 kills over North Korea on March 21st 1953 that earned him the DSC

0:59 – Sabre pilot Captain Norman L. Box collides with the MiG-15 he shot down over Korea on September 4th 1952

1:20 – Lonnie R. Moore of the 335th Fighter-Interceptor Squadron achieves ace status by downing his fifth MiG-15 over Korea on June 18th 1953

2:11 – One of the six MiG-15 kills during Project Gun-Val in 1953, the combat evaluation of the F-86F-2 armed with 20mm cannon

2:32 – 1st Lt Kenneth L. Palmer in an F-86 Sabre stays on the tail of a MiG-15 until he scores his first and only aerial victory over Korea on June 29th 1953

3:21 – 334th FS F-86 pilot 1st Lt Gene F Rogge guns down his first and only MiG-15 over Korea on August 1st 1952

3:46 – Captain Ralph Parr scores the final and most controversial aerial victory of the Korean War on July 27th 1953 shooting down a Soviet Navy Ilyushin Il-12 transport aircraft shortly before the newly signed armistice that ended hostilities was supposed to come into force. The Ilyushin came down on Chinese soil 4 km from Mao-erh-shan and all 21 people on board (six crew and fifteen passengers) were killed. There are suggestions that Parr shot down the aircraft because he was already had nine victories under his belt and needed one more to achieve the status of double ace. Russian sources suggest an even more sinister motive, that the aircraft was deliberately targeted either because it was suspected that an important prisoner of war was being transferred to the Soviet Union or because the aircraft was supposed to be carrying top officials of the Soviet Pacific Fleet.
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