Fury over Korea

By the early 1950s, the Sea Fury should have been Furyo outclassed – but, as Andy Thomas explains, it excelled in action over Korea

Sea Fury in Combat

At dawn on Sunday June 25, 1950, communist North Korean troops invaded the south, so beginning the Korean War. The United Nations then authorised military intervention, and before the end of the month British forces were committed to action. But the North Koreans advanced steadily and soon had Allied forces trapped in the Pusan perimeter.

The Royal Navy was part of Britain’s response and aircraft carrier HMS Triumph’s Air Group conducted its first strike on July 3. Triumph was replaced in October by HMS Theseus with the Sea Fury FB.11s of 807 Squadron under Lt Cdr M P Gordon- Smith alongside the Firefly FR.5s of 810 Squadron. The vessel was on station in the Yellow Sea off the west coast of Korea and operated a ten-day cycle before returning to Japan to replenish.

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