MiG killers: Pilot Officer Bill Simmonds (left) and Pilot Officer John Surman exchange mutual congratulations on their successes against superior performance Russian-built MiG 15 aircraft over North Korea.
Both were serving in No. 77 Squadron, operating Gloster Meteor jets. Pilot Officer Surman, of Burwood, Sydney, claimed a probable when he and another Squadron pilot were jumped by two MiGs from a flight of nine. Pilot Officer Simmonds from Bunbury, West Australia, had his kill confirmed when he was providing cover for American fighter bombers blasting targets near Pyongyang.