Short Straw, Korean War Book Review


Short Straw
Memoirs of Korea
by Captain Bernard W. Peterson

Short Straw, USS Leyte, USS Cimarron, USS Henderson in the Korean War.

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Short Straw is a tremendous book written by Captain Bernard W. Peterson about the Korean War and the F-4U Corsair.  The USS Leyte, USS Cimarron and the USS Henderson during refueling.  with a deck full of F4U's   
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The USS Leyte being refueled at sea by the USS Cimarron as the USS Henderson stands fire watch off the coast of Korea.  Continued support was given by jet fighters, fighter bombers and dive bombers from the carriers off the coast of North Korea, sending down tons of bombs and rockets on military targets in support of the rapidly advancing U. N. units.

The glistening upright wings clearly identify the deck load of aircraft as being the F4U Corsair, Vought's most successful and long lived aircraft in naval aviation history.  From its inception it set records, some of which still stand today.  Of the 12,570 examples produced (7,829 by Vought  4,006 by Goodyear, and 735 by Brewster),  the Corsair still remains the most manufactured tail hook aircraft of all time.  Fortunately, with the advent of the Korean War, the Navy possessed 846 F4u's and -4B's

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