The United States Air Force in Korea, 1950-1953 / Crimson Sky: The Air Battle for Korea

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THE UNITED STATES AIR FORCE IN KOREA, 1950-1953, Robert F. Futrell, Air Force History and Museum Program, Government Printing Office, Washington, DC, 2000, 823 pages, $58.00.

CRIMSON SKY: The Air Battle for Korea, John R. Bruning, Brassey's Inc., Dulles, VA, 1999, 232 pages, $18.95.

The year 2000 marked the 50th anniversary of the beginning of the Korean war. Two books, one published in 2000, the other in 1999, detail different aspects of U.S. Air Force (USAF) actions during the Korean war. The United States Air Force in the Korean War, 19501953, by Robert F. Futrell, covers USAF involvement from strategic policy to cockpit action. Crimson Sky: The Air Battle for Korea, by John R. Bruning, focuses primarily on pilots' personal accounts and experiences throughout the war.

Futrell, in his comprehensive account of USAF involvement in the Korean war, states that one of his principal reasons for writing the book was to codify lessons learned and relearned for future planners. The extensively annotated book addresses all aspects of air operations from the highest levels to the lowest, from the opening days of the war through the cease-fire; is an excellent baseline source for research; and provides links to documents, books, and interviews for further research. …