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The Golden Years - The Royal Australian Air Force 1931-1953

In April 1951, the Squadron was withdrawn to Iwakuni to be re-equipped with Meteor 8 twin-engined jet fighters. In July, with training in Meteors completed, the squadron went back to Korea and joined the American 4th Fighter Group at Kimpo, near Seoul.

The following month the RAAF pilots fought their first battle against the Russian MiG aircraft and this and later battles demonstrated that the Meteor was no match for the swept-wing MiG-15's. The Meteors were fitted with rocket rails and assigned to the ground attack role using rockets and cannons and they continued in this role until the fighting ended in July 1953.

Note: Despite the official verdict that Meteors were no match for MiG-15s, Pilot Officer Bill Simmonds (left) and Pilot Officer John Surman managed to get two kills.

MiG killers: Pilot Officer Bill Simmonds (left) and Pilot Officer John Surman.
MiG killers: Pilot Officer Bill Simmonds (left) and Pilot Officer John Surman.
20mm cannon shells being loaded by LAC P. O
20mm cannon shells being loaded by LAC P. O'Toole.
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