|At the beginning of the Korean War, the U. S. Air Force's only tactical control
group was the 502nd at Pope AFB, NC. To meet the emergency in the theater, the Fifth Air Force organized the
6132nd Tactical Air Control Squadron (later, Group), which established a full-scale Tactical Air Control
Center (TACC) at Taegu, South Korea, on July 23, 1950.
Less than three months later, the 502nd
moved to Korea and in October 1950, replaced the 6132nd in the mission of directing tactical air operations
in Korea. Through its 605th Tactical Control Squadron, the group operated the TACC and worked with the U. S.
Army in a Joint Operations Center (JOC). Other squadrons operated tactical air direction centers (TADC),
which used stationary and mobile radar and communications equipment to guide aircraft on close air support
missions. The group also deployed tactical air control parties (TACP), which accompanied ground units to
communicate with USAF strike aircraft. The TACPs followed advancing UN troops into North Korea in October
and November 1950, but the Chinese Communist offensive soon overran several of them. The 502nd headquarters
and the TACC, which operated at Seoul in November and part of December, were forced to return to Taegu at
the end of the year. During the spring and summer of 1951, the 502nd directed night bombing of enemy
targets, including troop concentrations, supply dumps, and motor convoys. As UN ground forces drove the
enemy back across the 38th parallel, the group, TACC, and JOC returned to Seoul in June. In October, the
502nd set up a communications station 100 miles behind enemy lines on Cho-do (Cho Island), three miles off
the North Korean coast. From this location the detachment guided UN fighters against enemy airplanes in MiG
Alley, bombers against strategic targets along the Yalu River, and search and rescue aircraft toward
survivors who had ditched at sea. On June 6, 1952, the 502nd was instrumental in the destruction of nine
MiG-15 aircraft through highly effective control procedures to maneuver F-86 Sabres into attack positions.
The following month, the 502nd guided warplanes in devastating attacks on enemy troop formations, which
blunted communist offensives until the Korean truce in July 1953.
- 605th Tactical Control Squadron: duration.
- 606th Aircraft Control and Warning Squadron: duration.
- 607th Aircraft Control and Warning Squadron: duration.
- 608th Aircraft Control and Warning Squadron: November 2, 1951-.
- 6132d Aircraft Control and Warning Squadron: October 9, 1950-November 2, 1951.
- 1st Shoran Beacon Unit (later, Squadron): attached September 27-December 1, 1950 and September 6,
- Taegu, South Korea, July 23, 1950
- Pohang, South Korea, July 28, 1950
- Pusan, South Korea, July 30, 1950
- Taegu, South Korea, September 24-October 10, 1950.
- Pusan, South Korea, September 24, 1950
- Taegu, South Korea, October 3, 1950
- Seoul, South Korea, October 11, 1950
- Taegu, South Korea, December 20, 1950
- Seoul, South Korea, June 15, 1951- .
- Col. William P. McBride, -February 18, 1951
- Col. Henry Riera, February 18, 1951
- Col. Francis R. Delaney, May 3, 1952
- Col. Ernest J. White, Jr., July 25, 1952
- Col. Hugh C. Moore, June 15, 1953- .
- UN Defensive
- UN Offensive.
- UN Offensive
- CCF Intervention
- First UN Counteroffensive
- CCF Spring Offensive
- UN Summer-Fall Offensive
- Second Korean Winter
- Korea, Summer-Fall 1952
- Third Korean Winter
- Korea, Summer 1953
- Two Distinguished Unit Citations for actions November 3, 1950-April 21, 1951 and May 1-November 30,
- Three Republic of Korea Presidential Unit Citations for periods September 16, 1950-January 25, 1951,
January 25, 1951-March 31, 1953, and October 1, 1952-July 27, 1953 .