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The RAF in the Korean War, 1950-1953

20 May 2016

Ewan Burnet, Curator of Film and Sound at the RAF Museum, will talk on the RAF's forgotten role during the Korean War.

Flt Sgt Williams beside the starboard beam gun of Short Sunderland V of 88 Squadron during a patrol of the Tsushima Straits, Korean War, June 1952

TALK OUTLINE

When the Korean War broke out in 1950, British resources, severely depleted by the Second World War, were already stretched by existing commitments in parts of the world such as Malaya.  The RAF’s involvement and British involvement more generally, was limited by this and by more pressing Cold War concerns over Soviet intentions. However, the RAF was there.  Sunderland flying boats, based at Iwakuni in Japan, patrolled the sea around the Korean peninsula; RAF pilots served on exchange tours with the USAF and RAAF; Auster’s, still under RAF authority although often manned by Army personnel, provided reconnaissance and artillery spotting capability and aircraft such as the Hastings evacuated casualties back to the UK. 

Korea highlighted the importance of effective aircrew training and the inadequacy of the Gloster Meteor against modern Soviet designs such as the MiG-15.  It underscored the flexibility of air power; a Shorts Sunderland could be patrolling the sea around Korea on one day, and very soon after be on search and rescue duty from Hong Kong or bombing targets in Malaya while based in Singapore.This lecture will explore the RAF’s involvement in Korea, and attempt to place it in a broader Cold War context. 


LOCATION AND TIME

This lecture will be held in the National Cold War Exhibition Auditorium at RAF Museum Cosford at 12:30PM on Friday 20 May 2016.

TICKETS

This lecture is free of charge however we do ask that you pre-book a free ticket as seats are limited. Booking is quick and easy, we just need some basic contact information.  If you would like to support the Museum by making a donation you can do so here.

20/5/16 - Online tickets are now closed - any remaining places at the lecture can be reserved on a first come first served basis in the Visitor Centre.

ABOUT EWAN BURNET

Ewan Burnet is Curator of Film and Sound Curator at the Royal Air Force Museum. Prior to joining the RAF Museum, he worked at the Imperial War Museum, Duxford. His role includes caring for the film and sound collection, cataloguing new material, recording of oral history interviews, processing enquiries from the public, film and television producers and the preparation of audio-visual material for the museum’s exhibitions.


RAF MUSEUM RESEARCH PROGRAMME

The Cold War Lunchtime Lectures forms part of the RAF Museum's Research Programme for 2016. This programme also consists of the Trenchard Lectures in Air Power Studies, the First World War in the Air Lunchtime Lectures and other events such as conferences. More details bout the programme can be downloaded here.

For more details about the RAF Museum’s research programme, please email our Aviation Historian, Dr Ross Mahoney at ross.mahoney@rafmuseum.org


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