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Vietnam War

Vietnamese People's Air Force / Không Quân Nhân Dân Việt Nam
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  • North Korea sent more than 200 pilots to fight in the Vietnam War. They were tasked to defend Hanoi and shot down scores of US planes.
  • According to the recollections of general V Abramov, a commander of Soviet specialists in Vietnam, a "North Korean escadrille of the MiGs" took part in the conflict. North Korean sources claim one big success to this unit, when a group of eight "North Korean" MiG-17s attacked a group of F-105s on 25 May 1969 and shot down 12 of them. American sources claim no losses on that day.

Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-17F, Vietnamese People's Air Force.

Sources & Literature
  1. Морозов, Вячеслав – Антаков, Вадим – Котлобовский, Александр В.: Громкие эпизоды тихой войны, Стать о применении Авиация в противостоянии на Корейском полуострове (1953-2004 гг.), Авиация и Время, № 1, 2005.
  2. Han Ho Suk: North Korea's war strategy of massive retaliations against US attacks, Part V,,
  3. N Korea admits Vietnam war role, BBC News, Saturday, 7 July, 2001,
  4. Vietnam War Mig-17 Pics, Key Publishing Ltd Aviation Forums,


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