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".......The "MOSQUITOS".......6147th Tac.Con.Gp.......5th Air Force.......KOREA.......


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   This Web Site is dedicated to my former boss CMSGT JAMES HAYNES, USAF (Ret) Jim was a member of the 6147th when he was in Korea. He is also a member of the "Mosquitos" association.

   In the beginning of the Korean War in July 1950 the 6147th Tac.Con.Sq.started operations. That lasted til April 21, 1951. At that time the status of the Squadron was upgraded to the 6147th Tac Con Gp. The unit was deactivated in June 1956. But during this period the 6147th made a very impressive name for itself. The Group had its own aircraft as well as controllers. The aircraft used was the T-6.

   The T-6 was used in Korea for forward air control (or "mosquito missions," as they were known) and carried an observer in the second seat to spot enemy troops and gun emplacements for the pilot to mark with smoke rockets. These backseat observers were what made The Mosquitos a true United Nations unit. There were Australians, English, Scots, Canadians, New Zealanders, South Koreans and Americans. Each assigned to an aircraft that flew over their own home unit territory, as they knew the topography, language, unit requirements, etc. better than anyone else that could be assigned to the position. The 6147th TCG (The Mosquitos) were one remarkable unit of professionals.

   On July 10, 1950, the first day of mosquito operations, Lt. James Bryant and Lt. Frank Mitchell called in a strike by F-80 pilots who destroyed a column of North Korean tanks. The 6147th Tactical Air Control Squadron was later "officially" formed for this mission and by the end of the war had flown 40,354 sorties and was responsible for the destruction of at least eight Communist divisions, 563 artillery pieces, 5,079 vehicles, 12 locomotives , thousands of railcars, and 84 bridges.


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Occasionally I come across photos that were not really Air Force or 6147th Tac.Con.Gp. related. They are photos from the Korean War period. They are mostly U S Army photos. But they just might bring back some memories of "The Forgotten War" As I find them I will put them on separate pages. The pages can be accessed here.image


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