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1953 – Battle of the Samichon River

24-26 July

The Battle of the Samichon River was fought during the final days of the Korean War between United Nations (UN) forces—primarily Australian and American—and the Chinese communist People’s Volunteer Army. Continue reading “1953 – Battle of the Samichon River”

1983 – The final episode of M*A*S*H airs

28 February

“Goodbye, Farewell and Amen” was the final episode of M*A*S*H. Special television sets were placed in PX parking lots, auditoriums, and dayrooms of the U.S. Army in Korea so that military personnel could watch that episode, in spite of 14 hours’ time zone difference with the east coast of the U.S. The episode aired on this day in 1983, and was 2½ hours long. The episode got a Nielsen rating of 60.2 and 77 share and according to a New York Times article from 1983, the final episode of M*A*S*H had 125 million viewers. Continue reading “1983 – The final episode of M*A*S*H airs”

2006 – The last Mobile army surgical hospital (MASH) is decommissioned by the United States Army

16 February

The Mobile Army Surgical Hospital (MASH) refers to a United States Army medical unit serving as a fully functional hospital in a combat area of operations. Continue reading “2006 – The last Mobile army surgical hospital (MASH) is decommissioned by the United States Army”

1950 – Korean War: A US F-80 Shooting Star, claims first jet aircraft-to-jet aircraft dogfight in history

8 November

Shooting Stars first saw combat service in the Korean War, employing both the F-80C variant and RF-80 photo-recon variants. The F-80 flew both air-to-air and air-to-ground sorties, claiming several aerial victories against North Korean Yak-9s and Il-10s. Continue reading “1950 – Korean War: A US F-80 Shooting Star, claims first jet aircraft-to-jet aircraft dogfight in history”

1950 – Korean War: British and Australian forces halt advancing Chinese

5 November

The Battle of Pakchon fought on this day in 1950, took place ten days after the start of the Chinese First Phase Offensive, following the entry of the People’s Volunteer Army into the Korean War. Continue reading “1950 – Korean War: British and Australian forces halt advancing Chinese”

1951 – Korean War: the Battle of the Song-gok Spur

2 November

A platoon of 28 Canadian soldiers defend a vital area against an entire battalion of 800 Chinese troops. Continue reading “1951 – Korean War: the Battle of the Song-gok Spur”

1942 – The Boeing B-29 Superfortress makes its maiden flight

21 September – On this day

The Boeing B-29 Superfortress is a four-engine propeller-driven heavy bomber designed by Boeing and was flown primarily by the United States during World War II and the Korean War. Continue reading “1942 – The Boeing B-29 Superfortress makes its maiden flight”

1948 – F-86 Sabre sets world speed record

15 September – On this day

The F-86 Sabre sets the world aircraft speed record at 671 miles per hour (1,080 km/h), though still some 32 miles per hour (51 km/h) short of the 702 miles per hour (1,130 km/h) unofficial rocket-powered aircraft speed record set with an Me 163B prototype in early July 1944.

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