Korean Combat Pilot

Defend Inchon Bay


The HMS Jamaica and USS Rochester were at anchor in the approaches to Inchon. All appeared to have gone well ashore, but nevertheless, in accordance with usual Royal Navy practice, the ship went to dawn action stations as the first signs of light appeared on the horizon. From long experience over war years, this was the time of maximum threat from attack. Just as it got light, over the tannoy system came the report, "Alarm - aircraft Starboard". An aircraft was sighted. We heard the thump of two explosions. Again the broadcast - "aircraft turning towards". Immediately those guns sighted were trained on the approaching aircraft. The Captain ordered the guns not to fire but to track the target as it closed the ship. When, the insignia on its fuselage was close enough to read, the order came - "Fire". JAMAICA shook from stem to stern as every gun free to engage fired and the unfortunate pilot together with his aircraft disintegrated in a flash and disappeared into the water. "


Just after daylight, at 0550, two enemy YAK planes made bombing runs on the Rochester lying in Inch'on harbor. The first drop of four 100-pound bombs missed astern, except for one which ricocheted off the airplane crane without exploding. The second drop missed close to the port bow, causing minor damage to electrical equipment. One of the YAK's strafed the H.M.S. Jamaica, which shot down the plane but suffered three casualties.


The USS Rochester and HMS Jamaica are heavily armed. Your best chance of success is to take out the smaller targets.

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