Korean War: Stealing the 'Crown Jewels'

Steven Taylor describes the Royal Navy’s daring recovery of a downed MiG-15 during the Korean War

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An artist’s impression of the final moments of the MiG-15 eventually recovered by a Royal Navy-led team. Mystery surrounds the aircraft, as no allied fighter claims explain its demise.

Beginning on June 25, 1950, the three-year Korean War was one of the bloodiest conflicts of the Cold War. Not only did it entail intense battles on the ground, but it also resulted in fierce air combat between western and communist pilots. Furthermore, it was the first global conflict in which jets played a central role.

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