In an era before precision-guided bombs, 6147 Tactical
Control Group, ‘The Mosquitos’, of the 5th Air Force
flew dangerous, low-level forward air control missions during the
Korean War guiding UN fighter-bomber attacks on enemy targets. Although
a unit of the United States Air Force, members of UN forces, including
Canada, saw service with the unit flying in the rear seat of the
T6 Texan as airborne controllers. Depicted in the painting is a
typical action in 1952 involving Lt. W.C. “Robbie” Robertson,
1PPCLI, during which a Texan aircraft has descended very low to
the ground to fire marker rockets at a target. In this case the
target is an area of caves being used as ammunition dumps by North
Korean forces. The Texan is flying over the remnants of a previous
strike including two knocked out T-34 tanks and a supply truck.
Korean soldiers fleeing the scene stop long enough for a few ‘potshots’
at the Texan during its approach. Ground fire was a constant danger
for the ‘Mosquitos’ as they often got down on the deck
to accurately mark targets for fighter-bombers such as the two F4U
Navy Corsairs seen in the distance flying over the typically rugged
terrain of Korea.
Acrylic on canvas, original 24x36 (2003)
Public display: Original commissioned for the Museum
of the Regiments in Calgary, Alberta by the Princess Patricia's
Canadian Light Infantry Assoc. sponsored by Colonel (Ret'd).W.C.Robertson.
The image will be used in an upcoming book, "Canadian Airmen
and Airwomen in the Korean War" by Carl Mills.
Edition print of 500. Print
size overall 21.5 x 28 (image 16x24)
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CANADIANS IN KOREAN WAR
Canadian airmen and airwomen served with distinction in
many roles during the Korean War. Canadian pilots flew as fighter
pilots with UN forces while Canadian air transport squadrons provided
logistic support to the UN operations during the war and RCAF flight
nurses served by assisting the repatriation of wounded soldiers
by air. Canadians, as in the case of Lt. Robertson, also served
in unconventional roles in the air alongside Canada's UN allies
such as that of a forward air controller.