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In from the Cold

Part 2

Korean skies and Korean waters

The RAAF transitioned to jet fighters during the Korean War

The RAAF transitioned to jet fighters during the Korean War. The Meteor F.8 was outclassed by the MiG-15 in dogfights, but it was an excellent ground attack platform.

Source: AWM JK0242.

The RAN Fleet Air Arm’s 21st Carrier Air Group

The RAN Fleet Air Arm’s 21st Carrier Air Group, flying Sea Fury and Firefly aircraft off the deck of HMAS Sydney (III), conducted 2,366 sorties over a period of 64 days during the latter months of 1951.

Source: AWM 044801.

HMAS Sydney (III)’s deployment to Korean waters was the first time a dominion carrier had been deployed on active service

HMAS Sydney (III)’s deployment to Korean waters was the first time a dominion carrier had been deployed on active service. It was the only time Sydney saw active service as an aircraft carrier.

Source: AWM ART28077. Ray Honisett, HMAS Sydney in Korean waters, 1951–52.


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