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When the well-equipped North Korean army crossed Korea's 38th parallel early on Sunday, 5th June 1950, members of No. 77 Squadron RAAF were celebrating in the Sergeants' Mess at Iwakuni, Southern Japan. Some of their Mustang aircraft had been crated and prepared for return to Australia.

The Squadron was going home after four years of occupation duty. But the war that began with the North Korean army's attack and the uneasy peace that followed was to delay the return of No. 77 Squadron for another four and a half years.

As soon as Wing Commander L. T. Spence, the Squadron C.O., was informed of the outbreak of the Korean conflict he immediately ordered his men to prepare their aircraft for action. However, no air attack was made by the North Koreans on Iwakuni.

Bob Newton makes friends with two Koreans near Kimpo
Bob Newton makes friends with two Koreans near Kimpo
No. 77 Squadron lined up on the tarmac at Iwakuni, Japan
No. 77 Squadron lined up on the tarmac at Iwakuni, Japan
Bruce Gogerly shot down a MiG-15 while flying his Meteor.
7 Bruce Gogerly shot down a MiG-15 while flying his Meteor.
Meteors of No. 77 Squadron carrying out a bombing and strafing run.
Meteors of No. 77 Squadron carrying out a bombing and strafing run.

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