Bill Banks - My Korean War Experiences I was a T/Sgt and B-29 Crew Chief with the 345th Bomb Squadron, 98th Bombardment Wing at Yokata AFB, Japan from December 1951 through August 1952. The plane I crewed was a B-29 that had been overhauled and revised with some new equipment, such as Loran, that was state of the art at that time.

Bud Farrell - After the disastrous B-29 vs. MiG-15 air battle of October 23, 1951, which later became known as Black Thursday, with the loss of several 307th B-29's to MiG-15's over Namsi, North Korea, the 3 B-29 Groups (the 19th Bomb Group, and 98th and 307th Bomb Wings) had to revert to night missions and rely on the cover and protection of darkness, with very few daylight raid exceptions for the balance of the war which ended on July 27, 1953.

Flying the B-1B Simulator - After the disastrous B-29 vs. MiG-15 air battle of October 23, 1951, which later became known as Black Thursday, with the loss of several 307th B-29's to MiG-15's over Namsi, North Korea, the 3 B-29 Groups (the 19th Bomb Group, and 98th and 307th Bomb Wings) had to revert to night missions and rely on the cover and protection of darkness, with very few daylight raid exceptions for the balance of the war which ended on July 27, 1953.

Korean War 50th Anniversary - Steadfast and Courageous FEAF Bomber Command and the Air War in Korea 1950-1953
For three years, beginning in June 1950, air and ground crews of the United States Air Force (USAF) conducted bombing operations with Boeing B-29 Superfortresses in support of the United Nations (U.N.) forces engaged on the peninsula of Korea. Powered by four large radial piston engines, the propeller-driven Superfortress had been the most advanced very long-range heavy bomber developed during the Second World War. But such had been the pace of aeronautical development since the Second World War that it was now, at the time of Korea, considered but a medium bomber, and one outclassed by early jet aircraft at that. Manned principally by officers and men from the Strategic Air Command (SAC), the B-29 units carried out missions very different from the task for which SAC was trained. Instead of striking at the homeland of a major industrial power with ATOMIC weapons, the crews attacked targets of many types, showing the variety of functions that air power could perform. The bombers carried out battlefield support, interdiction, and air superiority (counter airfield) missions. They hit industrial targets of the type normally classified as strategic and also took part in an effort to utilize air power to pressure the enemy to agree to a cease-fire.

This Commemorative Edition of this was sent to me by John Szalay. I thank him so much for scanning this and creating the pdf so we could all enjoy it! ~ Sallyann (PDF format)

Coalition Air Warfare during the Korean War, 1950-1953
- In commemoration of the fiftieth anniversary of the Korean War, the official history offices of the U.S. Army, Navy, Marine Corps, and Air Force and their respective historical associations collaborated to sponsor as comprehensive a symposium as possible, including as participants some of the coalition partners who contributed forces and weapons to the war. The intent of this symposium, titled Coalition Air Warfare during the Kore- an War, 1950 -1953, was to focus not only on the contributions made by the armed forces of the United States, but also on those of America's allies. The diverse group of panelists and speakers included not only scholars with subject matter expertise, but also veteran soldiers, sailors, and airmen who had served in that conflict. It was hoped that the melding of these diverse perspectives would provide interesting, if sometimes conflicting, views about the Korean War.

Again, thanks to John Szalay for forwarding me this document. (PDF format)

Harper's Hangar - originally designed in 2002 and redone 9-3-2012.
Herb Harper, Historian 98th Bomb Group Veterans Association, writes, "I joined the Air Force in 1948 and was assigned to the 98th Bomb Group which was equipped with B-29s at the time. " This page includes a story from Herb and some photos and nose art links.