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Product Details

  • Series: Combat Aircraft (Book 42)
  • Paperback: 96 pages
  • Publisher: Osprey Publishing (December 17, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1841766542
  • ISBN-13: 978-1841766546
  • Product Dimensions: 7.2 x 0.2 x 9.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #139,837 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Osprey's Combat series combines the best archival photography available with specially commissioned artworks and first hand accounts, making these books favourites amongst historians, modellers and aviation enthusiasts everywhere.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Michael OConnor TOP 500 REVIEWER on May 15, 2009
Format: Paperback
Sent into combat once more - this time in 1950 over North Korea - Boeing's B-29 labored valiantly in support of the UN cause. Its crews, many of them retreads like their aircraft, pitted their lumbering craft against new and very deadly opponents, namely the swept-wing MiG-15. Forced to switch to night-time attacks because of losses due to the MiGs, the B-29s kept up their attacks till war's end. Their story is told by Robert Dorr in this Osprey 'Combat Aircraft' volume from 2003.

Superforts were committed to action early on in the conflict and logged their last missions a month before the cease-fire agreement was signed. By war's end, five bomb groups - the 19th, 22nd, 92nd, 98th and 307th - had seen action, dropping some 167,000 tons of bombs. Thirty-four B-29s had been lost to all causes.

Dorr does a nice job of relating the B-29 experience in Korea, charting how unprepared America was to fight that far-away conflict and how B-29 crews/units went about forging an effective weapon. The early daylight missions were successful but, by October 1951, unsupportable due to the MiG-15 threat. After that date, black-bellied B-29s logging night missions were the order of the day. Superforts also logged other missions (photo-recce, weather recce, ASR, etc.) and Dorr covers those activities as well. Many first-person reminiscences are included, a definite plus in my book.

Dozens of b&w photos and 16 pages of color profiles - including three pages of nose art close-ups - are included. The B-29 crews were wildly inventive in their markings and some of the nose artwork has to be seen to be believed.

All in all, B-29 SUPERFORTRESS UNITS OF THE KOREAN WAR is an excellent summary of the air war fought by that majestic bomber and its intrepid crews. Recommended.
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He, Young Ki Moon, a Korean Militry Aviation Rrsearcher,sent me
the vauable Review on this book.
He is also eyewitness of 1st dogfighting between F-82G vs YAK-7U,
1st reconniaisance and demonsrating formation of low flying B-26 formation
1st low flying 4 B-29'S Bombing formation's bombing Seoul railway station,
under moderate AAA attacks explodiing exacyly near the B-29s durig 27,28,
June,1950, over the Seoul Sky.
During,first few days, duty of B-29 was mainly tactical delaying advance
of North Korean Armies , bombing railroad and Han River bridge neaqr Seoul
Later soon, Bombing Air Field, bridges and Installations on the basis of
Stratgic Bombings.In retospecing History, Already, Starlin prepared possile coming war with US !Duing WWII,he refused returning emergency landed 3 B-29 againt on US request.He copied B-29 almost same TU-4 attacing US mainland. He coul'd also get most advanced Btitih Rolls-Royce
Nene Jet engines as expression of goodwill. Later using these engies,
thet copyed and develoed russian engines later, they used engine for
MIG-15,using heavier armaments with Cannons,very effective shoot down
B-29 in Korean War !(what the this Irony is!)
On 1,Nov,1950,F-51 were engaged by 1st appered 6 swept-wing, MIG-15 near
Yalu River.a American F-80C pilot shot down a MIG-15 whih is the Worlds
1st Jet-versus-Jet aerial vitory(Quted from "Korean Air War" by
Robert E. Dorr & Warren Thompson,2003). cotrary Soviet claimed shooting
down one F-80C in 1st-ever dogfight between jet fighter(quoted from this
book). 7,April,one B-29 was shot down by MIG-15 whih was escorted by F-84,
and hih altirude ,top over F-86screning.
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Anyone who wants to build the B-29 during the Korean war need this publication! Super side profiles with history of the B-29's on profile Great color guide for those who want to have a super B-29 model.
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By Libby S. on May 13, 2014
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Great memories for a Korean War Vet. A good background and historical context book for the B-29 Super Fortress. Well done.
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By Karen W. on April 24, 2014
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I bought this for my uncle who was in the Korean war and his plane went down. Not sure if he's read it yet however.
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More About the Author

Robert F. Dorr, 71, is an author (1955- ); an Air Force veteran (1957-60); and a retired senior Foreign Service officer (a diplomat; 1964-89). He has three books currently in print. The newest is "MISSION TO BERLIN,":about the Americans who fought in one of the largest aerial battles of World War II.

He is the author of 70 books and thousands of magazine articles about the Air Force, aviation and military affairs. He writes a weekly opinion column for Air Force Times, monthly columns for Combat Aircraft, Air International and Aerospace America magazines, and a quarterly column for Air Power History, which he helped create. His first paid magazine article was in the November 1955 Air Force magazine when he was fifteen. He wrote 1,700 history columns for all four Military Times newspapers from 2000 to 2009.

Bob Dorr's other books in print are "HELL HAWKS,"" co-authored with Thomas D. Jones, a history of a P-47 Thunderbolt fighter group in World War II and "AIR FORCE ONE," a history of presidential aircraft.

He is a private pilot and parachutist and has flown aboard most current Air Force aircraft. Bob Dorr lives in Oakton, Virginia with his wife Young Soon, a career government worker, and their Labrador retriever, Autumn. They have two grown sons with families.

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