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Col Walker H 'Bud' Mahurin, the World War 2 P-47 ace who joined the 51st some months after the bands had been applied, claimed that they were designed to set the Wing apart from the 4th, and to increase flagging morale. Later, the 51st revived the World War 2 markings pioneered by its 25th FS when it adorned the tails of its jets with black squares, thus becoming the 'Checkertails'. The canvas for all these markings, the F-86E, provided something more substantial than a coat of paint to help boost flagging morale, however, was a giant step forward.
False targets were used as flak traps, and their fire discipline was excellent'. 42 A double kill was added to the victory roster on 3 May when Maj Donald E Adams (16th FIS/51st FIW) bagged a pair of MiG-15s. 8 pilots spotted nine MiGs flying farther south than usual, near Pyongyang. Mk 11s performed sterling work in the demanding ground attack role throughout the Korean conflict, with many of the aircraft themselves serving on consecutive carrier deployments as squadrons rotated machinery from out going to incoming carrier decks.
About 40 MiG-15s were overhead. Two attacked "Charlie 3" and " 4 " from six o'clock, while two more came in from the rear at "Baker" flight. "Able 1" held his break, then broke after a pair of MiGs and fired with no obvious result. ' As we shall soon learn from this account, 'Able 3' was very busy during the mission. Behind the callsign, wedged into A7715's cockpit, was Flg O f f Bruce Gogerly, an ex-Kittyhawk pilot from World War 2. '"Able 3" slackened the break, still in a starboard turn, and the two MiGs which had attacked "Charlie" flight loomed up ahead.