Air-Ground Korean War Glossary

The Korean War spawned a rich language of Acronyms and slang to describe the conditions and experience of a hard slogging war on a rugged peninsula.

For example…

  • Augur in
  • Bedcheck Charley
  • Bingo
  • Blinking Squadron
  • Boffins
  • Boxer Boys
  • Elsewhere
  • Erk
  • Finger Formation
  • Flying Cheetahs
  • Frag Order
  • Gaggle
  • Golf Balls
  • Josephine
  • Joto
  • Lufberry
  • MLR
  • Moolah
  • Mosquito
  • MSR
  • Operation Glory
  • Prang
  • Recce
  • Scosh
  • Shackle Code
  • Spam Can
  • Stooge
  • Top Cover
  • Winking Spinners
  • Yo-Yo, and hundreds more…

BelleAire Press has included a representative sample of Korean War-era aviation terms and slang to help you better understand “The Forgotten War” and the brave UN soldiers, sailors and airmen who saved South Korea from a Communist dictatorship in 1950-1953.

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