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The Squadron's base at Iwakuni was within easy reach of the Korean battle area and General Douglas MacArthur, who became commander, through the United Nations, of all Allied forces in Korea, asked for No. 77 Squadron to be committed to the war.

The Australian Government agreed and No. 77 Squadron became not only the first Australian squadron, but the first of the whole British Commonwealth to enter the fighting.

The first action for the Squadron came on 2nd July, when four pilots, after breakfasting with their wives, took off before dawn to escort American transport aircraft bringing wounded out of Korea.

Squadron Leader R. C. Cresswell
Squadron Leader R. C. Cresswell
A formation of RAAF Meteor jets
A formation of RAAF Meteor jets

A second mission escorted American light bombers attacking bridges near Seoul and a third mission escorted American B-29 bombers attacking the North Korean airfield of Hamhung.

No. 77 Squadron was engaged in the following weeks in continuously harassing the enemy forces in their drive to seize all of South Korea before American forces and other United Nations military formations could be deployed to stem the tide.

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