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Background to the Korean War and the South African Involvement

A special feature to mark the Diamond Jubilee of the No.2 Squadron SAAF’s involvement in that
conflict. Text and paintings by Derrick Dickens
MEMORIES ARE at best times short and for most South Africans knowledge of the part played
by pilots of No.2 Squadron SAAF in the Korean conflict which started sixty years ago, are at
best sketchy.
But the bottom line is these magnificent, unsung heroes in their flying machines carved a
distinguished record in the history of the country’s armed forces In the closing stages of World
War II and once the Soviet Union had agreed to declare war on Japan early in 1945, it was
decided that the Soviets could occupy North Korea and the Americans the South. The dividing
line was the 38th parallel.


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