A MiG-15 to Freedom: Memoir of the Wartime North Korean Defector Who First Delivered the Secret Fighter Jet to the Americans in 1953

A MiG-15 to Freedom: Memoir of the Wartime North Korean Defector Who First Delivered the Secret Fighter Jet to the Americans in 1953

by J. Roger Osterholm

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Overview

On September 21, 1953, U.S. airmen at Kimpo Air Base near Seoul, Korea, were startled to see landing a MiG-15, the most advanced Soviet-built fighter plane of the era, piloted by Senior Lieutenant No Kum-Sok, a 21-year-old North Korean Air Force officer. Once he landed, Lieutenant No found that his mother had escaped to the South two years earlier, and they were soon reunited. At his request, No came to the United States and became a U.S. citizen. His story provides a unique insight into how North Korea conducted the Korean War and how he came to the decision to leave his homeland.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781476600680
Publisher: McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
Publication date: 05/15/2012
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 231
Sales rank: 646,878
File size: 3 MB
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

No Kum-Sok lives in Florida. The late J. Roger Osterholm lived in Florida.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix
Preface by No Kum-Sok 1
Foreword by J.R. Osterholm 3

1. Crossing the Line 7
2. Growing Up Under the Japanese 18
3. Maturing Under the Communists 32
4. North Korean Naval Academy 42
5. The Korean War Breaks Out 51
6. The Allies Retreat 61
7. Volunteer for the Unknown 68
8. Flight Training in Manchuria 76
9. Flying the MiG-15 84
10. Aerial Combat Against F-86 Sabres 96
11. Battles in MiG Alley 105
12. The End of the Manchurian Sanctuary 114
13. Communist Party Membership 124
14. Struggle for Survival 129
15. Final Decision to Flee 139
16. Interrogation 145
17. America Tests the MiG-15bis 158
18. What an Interesting Country 166
19. My Early Adjustment 173
20. Success 183
21. Retrospective on North and South Korea 193

Epilogue 203
Bibliography 207
Index 209

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