Christmas In Korea For the Air Force

By Dean Keller

On Christmas day, December 25, 1951, we were awakened about 4:00 AM, dressed in our flying clothing, went to early breakfast, were transported out to the flight line and picked up our parachutes, and then were transported by truck out to our waiting aircraft.  We pre-flighted the aircraft, went to our stations and took off, heading for Korea.  Early in the morning we were over Korea with our targets assigned.  We were flying low, about two to three thousand feet, following a road that headed north.  There was a GI Truck ahead of us on the road, with a group of soldiers being transported back to the front line.  While we were still south of them, we opened our bomb bay doors, and, as I remember, they stopped the truck and scattered.

Then we went to our eight targets; to our boys on the front line.  After sighting in our targets we went in and dropped our bomb bay loads on parachutes.  The drop consisted of many boxes of goods for the troops on the front line.  This was the yearly 91st SRS Christmas drop.  The boxes and contents were built and purchased by and packed by the airmen back at Yokota.  They were loaded with candy, cigarettes, whiskey, gum, whiskey, some clothing items, and did I mention whiskey?  We were not shot at any time during this mission, not even by our own forces.  Then back to Yokota and a little more sleep.

On Christmas in 1950 the first flight of this type was flown by a crew commanded by Earl E. Myers in an aircraft named “Honey Bucket Honchos.” This information was found on the internet in an article written by Earl E Myers. In their recap of their mission they were specific.  They included 186 fifths of Booze on the manifest.  That same day another aircraft piloted by Earle H. Ambrose flew the same type mission for another outfit along the 38th parallel, where his brother was located.  Both of these drops were successful, and letters of thanks were received from soldiers for the gifts. After they were sober.

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