At the outbreak of the Korean War, the Fifth Air Force relied on three squadrons of F-82Gs assigned to the 347th Fighter (All Weather) Group to operate effectively over evacuation centers. The F-80C Shooting Stars were also based nearby but had limited time over target areas.
The mission of the F-82 aircrews was to “Seek out and destroy the North Korean Air Force,” and they later flew long-range interdiction missions against North Korean tanks and trucks. The F-82G also played a role in intercepting North Korean PO-2 biplanes during the “Bedcheck Charlie” raids.
The three Twin Mustang squadrons flew a total of 1,868 sorties during the Korean War, scoring twenty-four victories, four air-to-air, and twenty ground victories before being replaced by Lockheed F-94B jet interceptors in 1952.
However, it also came at a cost…
F-82 Twing Mustang losses in the Korean War (Partial list)
|Date||Serial No||Unit||Personnel Casualties||Circumstances|
|1950-06-28||46-358||339th F(AW)S||Lindvig, Vernon A., First Lieutenant (KIA)|
Sayre, Derrell B., First Lieutenant (KIA)
|Crashed during an attempted landing at Iwakuni.|
|1950-06-28||46-364||68th F(AW)S||No casualties||North Korean Yaks strafed Suwon Airfield, destroying one B-26 and one F-82.|
|1950-07-06||46-402||68th F(AW)S||Fiebelkorn, Ernest C., Captain (KIA)|
Higgins, John J., First Lieutenant (KIA)
|Possibly crashed near Chongmong-ni.|
|1950-08-07||46-355||68th F(AW)S||Meyer, Francis J., First Lieutenant (KIA)|
Moran, Charles B., First Lieutenant (KIA)
|Went missing in the southwest area of Chinju-Sunchon.|
|1950-09-28||45-376||68th F(AW)S||Stanton, Billy D., First Lieutenant (KIA)|
McDonald, Robert., Captain (KIA)
|Collided mid-air with an F-80 from the 16th FS.|
|1950-11-07||46-359||4th F(AW)S||Tymowicz, Adam P., Major (Non-battle death)||The aircraft crashed into Naha Bay in Okinawa.|
|1950-12-07||46-400||68th F(AW)S||Harding, Warren., Captain (KIA)|
Pratt, Clifford., First Lieutenant (KIA)
|During a night weather reconnaissance mission, the aircraft crashed 18 miles away from the base due to icing and power loss.|
|1951-01-27||46-399||68th F(AW)S||Anctil, Laurence A., Captain (MIA)|
Greer, Robert L., First Lieutenant (MIA)
|Went missing during a combat patrol mission between Pyongyang and Kangdong.
|1951-02-12||46-373||68th F(AW)S||Boughton, George Jr., First Lieutenant (Non-battle death)||Crashed during a test flight northwest of Brady Air Force Base, Japan.|
|1951-03-14||46-394||68th F(AW)S||Fluhr, Julius C Jr., Captain (MIA)|
Milhaupt, Frederick Jr., Second Lieutenant (MIA)
|Failed to return from a combat mission.|
|1951-05-26||46-357||68th F(AW)S||Mulhallen, Ralph D., Captain (MIA)|
Nielsen, Arlid C., Captain (MIA)
|Failed to return from a combat mission near Chorwon, North Korea|
|1951-07-03||46-378||68th F(AW)S||Johnston, James E., Captain (Rescued)|
Doll, Roderick S., First Lieutenant (Rescued)
|Hit by anti-aircraft artillery and crashed into the sea.|
Sidenote: This is a partial list.
Bibliography and source
- Twin Mustang The North American F-82 at War by Alan C. Carey
- F-82 Twin Mustang (Mini in Action No. 1608) by Larry Davis