The Golden Years:- 50 years of the RAAF The Golden Years: 50 years of the RAAF
Exhibit: RAAF in Korea

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

The Squadron carried out 81,872 individual sorties, destroying 3,700 buildings, 1,500 vehicles and 16 bridges.

It shot down three MiG-15's and three other enemy fighters

My uncle Keith Inglis was in Korea as an armourer at Kimpo Airbase.

RAAF armourer AC 1 Keith Inglis, of Wentworthville, Sydney.
RAAF armourer AC 1 Keith Inglis, of Wentworthville, Sydney.

In 1971 the Australian Government published a book celebrating the RAAF's 50th birthday, from which I reproduce here the Korean War information.

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.

Bruce Gogerly shot down a MiG-15 while flying his Meteor.

Note: Despite the official verdict that Meteors were no match for MiG-15s, several 77 Squadron Meteor pilots managed to get kills against the superior aircraft.
Meteors of No. 77 Squadron carrying out a bombing and strafing run.
Squadron Leader R. C. Cresswell
Squadron Leader R. C. Cresswell
A formation of RAAF Meteor jets
A formation of RAAF Meteor jets
RAAF armourer AC 1 Keith Inglis, of Wentworthville, Sydney.
RAAF armourer AC 1 Keith Inglis, of Wentworthville, Sydney.
Former POW's - Flight Lieutenant Gordon Harvey, D.F.C. and Flying Officer Ron Guthrie.
Former POW's - Flight Lieutenant Gordon Harvey, D.F.C. and Flying Officer Ron Guthrie.
A RAAF nursing sister.
A RAAF nursing sister.
MiG killers: Pilot Officer Bill Simmonds (left) and Pilot Officer John Surman.
MiG killers: Pilot Officer Bill Simmonds (left) and Pilot Officer John Surman.

Note: Despite the official verdict that Meteors were no match for MiG-15s, several 77 Squadron Meteor pilots managed to get kills against the superior aircraft.
20mm cannon shells being loaded by LAC P. O'Toole
20mm cannon shells being loaded by LAC P. O'Toole
Meteor jet of No. 77 Squadron.
Meteor jet of No. 77 Squadron.

TheGoldenYears - 50 years of the RAAF