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  • Richard Souza and The Mosquito Association

    The Korean War was the first war in which jet propelled planes were used in combat. At first it appeared that propeller driven planes would quickly become obsolete, but the military soon found that they still served a purpose. Jet planes were traveling too fast to pick out targets amid the Korean foliage. Propeller planes were then used as scouts to identify targets and then radio the coordinates in to the jets which were armed with rockets and bombs. This led to the formation of the tactical group that came to be known as the Mosquitos, because the enemy would hear the buzz of the propellers and know that they were about to be "stung".

    Thanks to Richard Souza, Locator of the Mosquito Association, for providing these materials.

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