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"There were several encounters with Mig's while I was in Korea..."


Caption: "Harry Krig, Me (Lt. Starr), Cec (Cecil) LeFevers, Alert Shack, April 1954"

From the photo journal in which the photo appears:

"One of the main activities on the flight line was the alert pad. We kept F-86's on ground alert to intercept any bad guys heading south. We had three minutes maximum to get airborne, starting from the position shown below.

We "scrambled" frequently. But it was usually after some friendly aircraft who was off-course, rather than a "bandit". There were several encounters with Mig's while I was in Korea, and in one case a man in the wing shot one down. These encounters usually came when we were escorting reconnaissance planes "near" north Korea and China. (Our respect for the communist airspace was a bit relaxed). I frequently saw Migs, was chased a couple of times, but never got a shot at one."

- Lt. Col. William J. Starr, USAF