BLUFIn the Korean War, air power was crucial for the United Nations Command (UNC), helping offset Chinese and North Korean forces' superior numbers. Despite being outnumbered, UNC's Far East Air Forces achieved air superiority, effectively utilizing strategic bombing to target infrastructure and military installations across North Korea.
- Bombing targeted North Korean cities and military installations, causing significant damage.
- Nuclear weapons were considered by U.S. leaders, but deemed primarily city-leveling.
- British opposition led to the nuclear option's dismissal in December 1950.
- UNC's air campaign impacted the communists, leading to severe retaliation.
- Captured pilots were subjected to brutality; many remained missing or presumed dead.
- Forced confessions of terror bombing and germ warfare were extracted from POWs.
- South Korea's long-term security relied on military strengthening and political stability.
- The U.S. helped modernize ROK Army, establishing an effective training program.
- VIETNAM WAR COLLECTION | The Runway (airforce.gov.au)
- KOREAN AIR WAR COLLECTION | The Runway (airforce.gov.au)
- MILITARY HISTORY GENERAL ARTICLES | The Runway (airforce.gov.au)