During and just after the Korean War, Kimpo Air Force Base (K-14) was home to the 11th and 12th Tactical Reconnaissance Squadrons and the 6166th Air Weather Reconnaissance Flight. The aircraft were RB- and WB-26 Invaders, painted black and stripped of all armor and weapons. "Lonesome Lil", "Triple Nickel", "No Sweat", and "Snooper" were some of the names chosen for the aircraft.
The missions were taking reconnaissance photographs, recording weather patterns, and tracking enemy radars. The flights were flown in all conditions, the worst of weather, and the middle of the night. For most of the squadron members, however, the most memorable thing was the cold of the Korean winter, a cold which easily penetrated the canvas tents that served as home.
We were all younger men then. Today, over a half-century later, we are all a bit older. Some of us are even wiser. Almost all of us are retired. A few of us have never gone camping since, a result of living a year in a tent.
On September 30 - October 3, 2010, we will hold our next Reunion. If you were ever a member of one of these units at ay time up to and including the present, we would like to see you there. If you know of a former veteran who served in one of these units but has not heard of the reunion, please show them this site. If you are simply a visitor here, we welcome you and invite you to take a moment and review our stories and photographs and to think about what it was like 50-plus years ago, halfway around the world.
As you read the stories and glance through our
photos, just remember, as late Lt. Hal Walder said
when referring to tales told over beer at the K-14 club:
The next liar never had a chance.
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