by Wayland Mayo
My assignment as a crewmember on Tiger Lil Chapter 2
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Standing, L to R: Hubler, RO; King, FE; Long, Nav; Ridge, Radar; (Unidentified.),
Pilot; Campbell, A/C. Kneeling, L to R: Clark, TG; DeHaven, APG;
Mayo, APG; Rij, LG; Thorpe, RG; Browning, CFC. Photo taken immediately
after 25th mission. Capt. Torrey assumed A/Cs position right after.
art on airplanes, especially B-17s and B-29s has always been
popular, appearing on calendars, publications, movies, etc. Tiger Lil was
and is still considered one of the best.
Everything was really going great, but dark clouds were gathering on the horizon, with June 25, 1950 approaching. The Korean conflict started with the stark realization that the U.S. was not prepared. It became immediately necessary to obtain photographic coverage of all North Korean airfields, power plants, dams, rail systems, etc. The Tiger Lil crew was among the first to fly into enemy territory.
She took our crew over places like Pyongyang, where the
antiaircraft fire was extremely heavy, and accurate. She took us to places
with strange sounding names, like Sinuiju, Sinanju, Hamhung, and Hungnam,
and forbidden places like Manchuria, Antung, the Yalu river, and Rashin,
which was almost in sight of Vladivostok, Russia. The Sinuiju area was
a beehive of activity by Mig-15s. Even so I always felt safe in
Tiger Lil, knowing that she received the very best maintenance, and each
crewmember kept his equipment in top shape.
Above: Capt. Ridge (L) & Capt. Torrey (R) happy
Below: After mission, L to R: Mayo, DeHaven, &
Browning, Yokota 1950.
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