In a message dated 11/9/2007 7:50:08 A.M. Pacific Standard Time,
Didn't seem totally remarkable at the time -- just a kid sitting in a
sandbox thinking 'Ah, there goes Superman'. In retrospect I suppose it was
a delta-wing jet but who knows?
I was 12 years old, during the Korean war, and due to bizarre circumstances,
my guardian (an Air Force MSgt) and I were accidentally strafed and bombed
by a squadron of ROK P-51's.
(I lived at Camp Zama Japan. ROK pilots were training at the gunnery range
in Mito and the Sgt had taken me there duck hunting on the range!)
We took shelter between the rear wheels of the Deuce and a half truck we
were in until the attack was over.
I watched (between the truck wheels) as the P 51's came at us and I could
see the brass coming out of the wing guns as they fired. Neither one of us
injured. None of the bullets or the bombs were even close. The Sgt was
pretty rattled, I just thought it was really great fun and loved every second
it! Absolutely no fear!
I remember very well the sounds of the engines and how quiet they were as
they came in each time. I also sometimes wonder how many Americans have been
the business end of a P51.
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