Writer's Guide to Government Information

Resources to inject real life detail into your fiction

United States Air Forces in Korea, 1950-1953

The United States Air Forces in Korea, 1950-1953, by Robert F. Futrell (1961). 774 pages.

(Paper: http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/55117954)

(PDF pt. 1 http://www.afhra.af.mil/shared/media/document/AFD-090529-038.pdf)

(PDF pt. 2 http://www.afhra.af.mil/shared/media/document/AFD-090529-039.pdf)

(PDF pt. 3 http://www.afhra.af.mil/shared/media/document/AFD-090529-040.pdf)

(PDF pt. 4 http://www.afhra.af.mil/shared/media/document/AFD-090529-041.pdf)

Representative questions that can be answered with this resource:

  • Who commanded the US Far East Forces in May 1951?
  • What did AFOOP stand for?
  • Who was the youngest American flying ace in the Korean War?
  • What did the aftermath of a napalm strike look like?


For reasons unknown, the PDF version of this document lacks the foreward, preface, table of contents, a table of photographs and a table of maps, charts and graphs that are available in the paper version of this document.

The main text consists of twenty topical chapters that appear to be arranged chronologically when possible. This is followed by a biblography that starts on 713 of the paper 1991 edition (p. 109 of PDF pt. 4), Notes that start on page 719 (p. 115 of PDF pt. 4), Appendix of the major air commanders of the Korean War that starts on page 773 (p. 169 of PDF pt. 4), Glossary that starts on page 777 ( p. 171 of PDF pt. 4) and concludes with an index beginning on page 779 ( p. 175 of PDF pt. 4)

Story Ideas:

Aside from providing background for stories set in this time and place, writers may find the attitudes of the Air Force towards air power useful in describing military views of other weaponry in science fiction stories. Similarly events at the United Nations and at the truce talks might have value in describing similar situations in fictional wars here and elsewhere.


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