Korean War Project

607th Air Control and Warning Squadron

1999 and Earlier Legacy Files

Intercept controller

On Sun, 18 May 1997
Joel Coffey wrote:

5940 SW Riveridge Lane
Portland, OR 97201
Telephone: 503 241-5462
Fax: 503 241-8315

Served @ K-6 O7/54 to 06/55 w/607th AC&W Sqdrn. part of
502nd Tac. Cont. Grp. 5th A.F. Intercept controller.

GCI controllers

On Tue, 14 Oct 1997 
Bob Barrus richbarrus@msn.com wrote:

49 Briar Hollow #2101
Houston,TX 77027

phone: 713 599 1966
fax: 713 599 1944

datein: 9/52 dateout: 8/54

Been looking for GCI controllers who were in Korea  '53 to' 54.
Have found three and news of one deceased.  

I even learned that my squadron (607th AC&W) was on a mountain called 

History wanted

On Tue, 20 Jan 1998
Ellwood Carlson  Email address wrote:

373 East 2450 South
Bountiful, UT 84010

Telephone:	1-801-295 0795

I am interested in finding the history of the 607 AC&W Squadron located
30 miles north of Seoul near Ch'orwon.  I was there durring the 1952

We picked up two Korean infants about 8 years of age and kept them under
our wing.  I would realy like to know whst ever happened to them also 
any info about the 607 AC&W. It was part of the 502 tac group

E mail to Hoeman2888@Aol.com

Radar Mechanic

On Wed, 10 Dec 1997 
JBeach7068 Email address wrote:

I was stationed with the 607th from Oct 52- Apr 53 as a radar mechanic
and am seeking a history of the 607th in Korea.  Is there one that is
available, if so, how is it obtained?

I was there from Oct 52 to Apr 53 when I was injured in a 6X when it 
went down the side of the mount. & I got to go home early.

John L Beach
mail---John Beach
1058 W 11th Court
Panama City, Fl 32401

Air Police

On Sun, 26 Apr 1998 
John M. Quinn wrote:

P.O.Box 854l
Calabasas, CA 91372

I served with U.S.Air Force AC&W Units (607 and 6132) from Albany GA,
Turner AFB.  We arrived in Oct '50. Went from Pusan to Pyongyang, some
guys went up as far as Yalu. 

After most forces had evacuated from the North, we were one of the last
to leave Pyongyang.  I drove a 6X6, with radio van and trailer into
Seoul. It took about 24 hours, because of 'road-blocks' and slippery
mountain roads.

Spent some time on a mountain in Taegu (radar comm site) and another
mountain site near Kangnung. Left Korea in April l952. My job was first
Air Police and then mostly power unit operator for electric supply.

Stars and Stripes

Just a tad of info about the type of work that we did in the 607---
The article is from the Stars & Stripes dated 26 April 53.  

'Unconscious' Pilot Bombs Controller Guides, Saves Blacked-Out Flier
With Fifth Air Force, Apr 26 (Pac S&S)

---First Lt. Richard L. Spaulding fell into a twilight sleep while
flying his Thunderjet fighter-bomber over North Korea recently and woke
up an hour later to find the aircraft nearly shaken apart, although it
landed safely.

"It was as though I were in a dream," said Spaulding.  His oxygen
equipment was discovered to be faulty.  When as Air Force ground
controller, Capt. Clarence H Bell, saw the plane out of control on his
radar screen, he guided the blacked-out pilot to a target area where
the bombs were dropped and then to a landing field.  Spaulding does not
remember releasing the bombs. 

The ground controller, who is credited with saving the pilot and the
plane, said, "I had him just north of our nearest air base, in a
position that would have made a perfect bomb run, when he suddenly
asked me if he had released his bombs yet."

"I almost jumped off the mountain.  I could just see that air base
after a couple of 1,000 pounders exploded in the center of it."

The dazed pilot had to be coaxed all the way by Bell as if he were

He said later he could remember only that the plane was shaking.  "I
remember the plane vibrating with an awful violence. I was convinced
that it was exploding.

Spaulding refused to land at the first field.  Bell then led him to
another air base and guided him down to a perfect landing. 

-----End of article--We looked out after your dad and the others
under our supervision closely.  As well as telling them where to go and
what to do once they got there.  This happened while I was on duty at
the site in charge of radar maint.

Hope you enjoyed it.  Tell your Dad Hi for me.
Skip Beach  JBeach7068@aol.com

Radar Hill 52-53

From: Leonard Holden
Sent: Saturday, May 01, 1999 4:53 AM
Subject: Leonard Holden, 1952-53 

I was in the 607th as a radar operator from Oct. 1952 until Sept. 1953.
Spent many hours on radar hill. I recall our call sign was Romeo. We 
were controllers of most front line air support missions as well as
keeping tract of bombing missions in the north. Radar mountain was close
to the 38th parallel and not far from the front lines during my stay

607th Air Control and Warning Squadron

1999 and Earlier Legacy Files