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Tired USAF and Royal Australian Air Force Mustang pilots are debriefed after an attack on communist forces southeast of Seoul in February 1951. (U.S. Air Force photo)

Tired USAF and Royal Australian Air Force Mustang pilots are debriefed after an attack on communist forces southeast of Seoul in February 1951. (U.S. Air Force photo)

Royal Australian Air Force F-51s in maintenance at Iwakuni, Japan. (U.S. Air Force photo)

Royal Australian Air Force F-51s in maintenance at Iwakuni, Japan. (U.S. Air Force photo)

In 1951 the Royal Australian Air Force's No. 77 Squadron traded their American propeller-driven F-51s for British Meteors. No. 77 Squadron flew as an attached unit to a USAF fighter wing. (U.S. Air Force photo)

In 1951 the Royal Australian Air Force's No. 77 Squadron traded their American propeller-driven F-51s for British Meteors. No. 77 Squadron flew as an attached unit to a USAF fighter wing. (U.S. Air Force photo)

Col. Francis “Gabby” Gabreski (far right) with members of the Royal Australian Air Force No 77 Squadron. Gabreski was the commander of the F-86-equipped 51st Fighter-Interceptor Wing, and an ace in World War II and in Korea. (U.S. Air Force photo)

Col. Francis “Gabby” Gabreski (far right) with members of the Royal Australian Air Force No 77 Squadron. Gabreski was the commander of the F-86-equipped 51st Fighter-Interceptor Wing, and an ace in World War II and in Korea. (U.S. Air Force photo)

Philippine Air Force C-47 in Korea. (U.S. Air Force photo)

Philippine Air Force C-47 in Korea. (U.S. Air Force photo)

Greek airmen of the Royal Hellenic Air Force being briefed by a USAF officer (right) on a C-47 flight to carry supplies to UN forces near the front. (U.S. Air Force photo)

Greek airmen of the Royal Hellenic Air Force being briefed by a USAF officer (right) on a C-47 flight to carry supplies to UN forces near the front. (U.S. Air Force photo)

The South African Air Force's 2nd Squadron transitioned from F-51s to the F-86F while attached to a USAF fighter-bomber wing. (U.S. Air Force photo)

The South African Air Force's 2nd Squadron transitioned from F-51s to the F-86F while attached to a USAF fighter-bomber wing. (U.S. Air Force photo)

Troops from several UN allies flew as observers in USAF “Mosquito” forward air control aircraft, like this Royal Canadian Regiment soldier on the right. (U.S. Air Force photo)

Troops from several UN allies flew as observers in USAF “Mosquito” forward air control aircraft, like this Royal Canadian Regiment soldier on the right. (U.S. Air Force photo)

DAYTON, Ohio -- Republic of Korea Air Force artifacts on display in the Korean War Gallery at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo)

DAYTON, Ohio -- Republic of Korea Air Force artifacts on display in the Korean War Gallery at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo)

DAYTON, Ohio -- Republic of Korea Air Force artifacts on display in the Korean War Gallery at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo)
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DAYTON, Ohio -- Republic of Korea Air Force artifacts on display in the Korean War Gallery at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo)

"Members of the United Nations furnish such assistance to the Republic of Korea as may be necessary to repel the armed attack and restore international peace and security in the area."
- United Nations Security Council Resolution 83, June 27, 1950

Although the U.S. Air Force provided the largest number of aircraft, U.S. Navy, Marine and Army aviation, along with UN partners and the budding South Korean Air Force, also contributed to the fight in Korea.

South Korea, the U.S. and 15 other nations contributed military forces to the UN command in Korea. The U.S. force consisted of aviation units from the USAF, Navy, Marines and Army. The small South Korean Air Force started the war unable to contribute combat forces, but with USAF assistance and equipment, fielded combat forces as the war progressed. Great Britain, Australia and South Africa sent combat air units, while Greece, Canada, Thailand and the Philippines sent airlift units to Korea. Moreover, some of these countries sent aircrews to fly in USAF units on exchange duty.

Click on the following links to learn more about air power partners in Korea.

"Bout One:" Building a South Korean Air Force
Defending Hill 351: Allies Work Together

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