Short Straw, Korean War Book Review


Short Straw
Memoirs of Korea
by Captain Bernard W. Peterson

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Short Straw is a tremendous book written by Captain Bernard W. Peterson about aviation in the Korean War 

The Grumman F7F Tigercat was 45' 4" long, 15' 2" high and had a wingspan of 51' 6".  The Tigercat used two Pratt & Whitney R-2800-22W or 34W Double Wasp 18 cylinder radial engines each rated at 2,100 hp, with an added 300 hp with water injection.  The airplane weighed 13,100 lbs empty and a max weight of 25,720 lbs for the later models.    The F7F Tigercat had a maximum speed of 435 mph and a maximum climb rate of 4,530 feet per minute.  The maximum range was 1,170 miles for the -1 version, to 1,200 miles for the -3, to only 810 miles for the -4N version.   The -4N version of the Tigercat had a radar replacing the machine guns in the nose and a rear observer replacing the internal rear fuel tank giving the plane a shorter range. 
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The Grumman F7F-3 Tigercat, too late for WW2, postwar Marine squadrons used them extensively until our entry into the Korean War and beyond.  Some variants, equipped with radar and cameras, served dual roles as night fighters and photographic planes.  Powered by two R-2800-34 engines, they carried four .50 caliber guns in the nose and four 20 mm cannons in the wings.  They were capable of carrying two 1000 lb bombs, six rockets or a standard naval torpedo.

Our air wing had F7F's at the K6 airfield, where my VMF-212 squadron was based, and the Tigercats' night-long noisy operations were a great source of disturbance to a good night's sleep.  Our living quarters were much too close to the active runway.  so much for planning!  On several occasions they accidentally dropped a bomb or two, which really got our attention

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