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Baited Trap, The Ambush of Mission 1890 tells the story for the first time of perhaps the most dangerous Korean War helicopter rescue mission in compelling detail gleaned from formerly classified official records, first person accounts, and family documents long unknown. The author of Mission 1890 located and interviewed the families of all five airmen aboard the helicopter and the two “low cover” Mustangs.

The Korean War’s Greatest Love Story

Baited Trap is much more than a heroic war story from the “forgotten war.” It is also the Korean War’s greatest love story, following Wayne and Della Lear, Bobby Holloway, Ron Eaton and Dolly Sharp, and Frankie and Archie Connors as they tried to put their lives and families together even as the Korean War was reaching out to engulf them.

About Baited Trap

H-5_05_wideBaited Trap follows in close-up detail the lives of three young men and their sweethearts from childhood until they are brought together by chance to fly a dangerous helicopter rescue mission into heavily defended enemy territory in North Korea on the day of the Second Anniversary of the start of the Korean War. The harrowing mission of plucking the downed Navy pilot off the side of a mountain was finally completed after three punishing attempts. The brave, wounded helicopter pilot fought to control the damaged “copter” as he headed down the valley after picking up Eaton—south towards friendly lines—and safety. A direct anti-aircraft hit on the rotor sent the helo spinning to earth—killing three of the airmen, two on the helicopter and the pilot of an escort Mustang fighter.

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Front view of the National Museum of the United States Air Force. Baited Trap, the Ambush of Mission 1890 and Truckbusters From Dogpatch, the Combat Diary of the 18th Fighter-Bomber Wing in the Korean War, have recently been chosen by the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force, Wright-Patterson AFB, Dayton, OH to be displayed and sold in the museum’s book store.