WAR IN KOREA: Ace of Aces

On the afternoon of Friday the 13th, 48 F-86 Sabre jets took off from airfields in South Korea and headed north across the battle line. Their mission: to screen and protect a flight of fighter-bombers.

Leading one element of the Sabres was a Texan named Royal N. Baker, who had flown British Spitfires against the Luftwaffe in 1942, was now, at 34, a colonel and commander of the Air Force's 4th Fighter-Interceptor Wing. Nearly 40,000 ft. up, Baker and his followers ran into a flight of eight MIG-15s. Two of the MIGs turned tail and headed for the Yalu. Taking out...

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