Old Man Scanlon's

Kadena AB, Okinawa, 1951-1952 — 19th Bomb Group

What's Here

The photographs below are from the collections of Edward P. Brooks and Alfred E. Leiser, who were stationed with the 19th Bomb Group at Kadena Air Base in Okinawa during the Korean War. They show the aftermath of Uncle Edward's encounter with a MiG over North Korea as well as contrasting activity at the Officers' Club.

Surnames Appearing in the Documents

ADAMS, BLEYER, BRECKINRIDGE, BREWER, BROOKS, CAMERON, COUCH, CRISS, DAILY, DOLLOHAN, HOLCOMB, LEISER, OLIVER, PARSONS, PAUL, PRESTON, SAWYER, SWANSON, THOMPSON, WERNER

Notes

Captions are from Doc Leiser's inscriptions on the reverse of the photos. The photographer is not yet determined.

Uncle Edward mentions that in addition to the damage shown below, his number three and number four engines weren't working, and that they bulldozed the end-of-runway fence to give him more landing room, although it turned out he didn't need it. For this performance he got a Distinguished Flying Cross.

The Air Force Historical Research Agency, Maxwell AFB, Alabama, has a short history of the 19th BG's Korean War activity.

Revision History

02 December 2008, revision 1.
Initial publication.

Photographs

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