P-51D-30, 44-74863, No. 2 „Flying Cheetahs“ Squadron SAAF,
Chinhae AB (K-10), Korea, 1952
Another unit operating under the USAF command was
No. 2 Squadron SAAF manned by volunteer pilots from
South Africa. They arrived in Japan aboard a ship on
November 1, 1950 and after a necessary conversion
training on P-51 the unit led by Commandant Servaas van Bred Theron was incorporated into the 18th
FBG. Until the end of the Korean conflict they flew
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combat missions in support of the ground troops and
to destroy the North Korean and Chinese logistics. In
February 1953 the unit converted to F-86 Sabre jets.
During the Korean war No. 2 Squadron SAAF pilots
flew 12,067 combat missions which were mostly the
attacks on the ground targets.
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