Gloster Meteor F8 A77-120 of the RAAF 77th Squadron deployed at Kimpo Air Base(K-14)in the Korean War.
77th Squadron started the war with a dotation of F-51D Mustangs based at Taegu(K-2)and was requipped
with the Meteor F8 in April 1951. First operational mission was flew the 30th July, 1951.
22th August was a bad day for the Squadron:A77-128 and A77-354 were lost in colission, both pilots
were reported KIA.
The fighters were tasked to flight CAP missions over MiG Alley and the 29th August was reported the
first lost in combat mission:A77-721(Warrant Officer Guthrie ,POW) was shot down by the KPAFAC MiG-15 flew by
Lev K. Shchukin(18 GIAP, 303 IAD), in the same mission A77-616(Squadron Leader Wilson) was heavy damaged by
N. V. Babonin also of the 18 GIAP, 303 IAD.The first MiG kill was obtained the 8th May 1952, one MiG-15 of the
PLAAF shot down by William H.Simmonds and the second and last the 23th March 1953 by George S.Hale ,another
MiG-15 of the PLAAF. This two are the only confirmed victories of the Meteors in the Korean War; no MiGs
were shot down in the sad day 1th December 1951; this day were lost A77-29(Sergent B.Thompson POW)shot down by
Serafim P. Subbotin(176 GIAP, 324 IAD),A77-251(Sergent V.Drummond POW) shot down by Sergei M. Kramarenko(176 GIAP, 324 IAD)
and A-77-949(Sergent E.Armitt KIA)by Sergei F. Vishnyakov(176 GIAP, 324 IAD); also heavy damaged A77-559
(Sergent Bill Middlemiss)by Pavel S. Milaushkin(176 GIAP, 324 IAD).V-VS not confirmed the kills of Flying Officer
B.Gogerly in the A77-17 or the shared between Scannel/THorton and Cadan.Actually not MiGs were lost this day by
the Russians or Chineses Air Forces(KPAFAC,V-VS and PLAAF).The first MiG-15 lost in December 1951 was shot down the
next day by Zane S. Amell(335 FIS, 4 FIW) with his USAF F-86A-5.
After this fiasco Meteors were assigned to ground attack, and A77-120 was lost in one of this missions shot down by
AAA in March, 1952. Pilot Sergent L. Cowper was captured and POW.
32 Meteors and pilots were lost in the Korean War( six were confirmed shot down by MiGs and others 5 possible writen off)
V-VS also confirmed another combat mission the 25th August 1951 and the shot down of two others Meteors flew by
Ronald Mitchell and Reg L. R. Lamb, destroyed by the MiGs of Nikolai V. Sutyagin and Grigorii I. Pulov(boths 17 IAP, 303 IAD),
but that was not confirmed by the RAAF to this day.
And for the results:4836 missions flew, 3700 building destroyed, 1500 Vehicles and two MiG-15.
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