When North Korean forces crossed the 38th Parallel on June 25, 1950, U.S. Navy carrier aviators were some of the first to respond. Just nine days later, naval aviators flew combat missions in support of U.S. and South Korean forces. Throughout the conflict Navy pilots operating from aircraft carriers in Korean waters launched sorties against enemy targets. Unlike World War II, where Navy aviation was concentrated against enemy naval units, the Korean War saw Navy pilots attacking targets inland on a daily basis. This emphasis created challenges, but also resulted in successes such as the attack on the Hwachon Dam. By the time the armistice was signed on July 27, 1953, the U.S. Navy and its carrier aviators had once again shown their value.
Editor’s Note: For those readers that enjoy naval aviation and Korean War history keep a lookout for upcoming photo galleries dealing with Marine aviators, helicopters, and jet aircraft.