The very early days of the war with a make-shift unit out of Clark Air Base and the arrival of 145 Mustangs from the states /Mustang numbers become large enough to slow down the North Korean advances on the Pusan Perimeter /Breakout from Pusan and the Inchon Landing /The war becomes stagnant and the Mustangs range all the way up to the Yalu River hunting for targets. The South Africans attach their F-51 squadron to the 18th Fighter-Bomber Wing. /USAF winds down its Mustang operations and slowly converts the squadrons over to new F-86F fighter-bombers /Republic of Korea Mustang operations in the war /Appendices
The F-51 Mustang was the only combat aircraft to be used by four different countries - the USA, Australia, South Africa and South Korea - in the Korean War.
Warren Thompson has had numerous books and magazine articles published over the past 30 years. His interest in the Korean War has spanned almost this entire length of time. Thompson has written books for Osprey since 1990, with his latest contribution being the Combat Aircraft volume on the F9F Panther Units of the Korean War. Chris Davey has illustrated more than 30 titles for Osprey's Aircraft of the Aces, Combat Aircraft and Elite Units series since 1994. Based in Mansfield, Nottinghamshire, and one of the last traditional airbrush artists in the business, he has become the artist of choice for both USAAF/USAF piston-engined fighters. Gareth Hector is a digital artist of international standing as well as an aviation history enthusiast. Gareth completed the battlescene artwork and cover artwork.