"I know that when I came here I wasn't able to hit the
broad side of a barn door in gunnery. But it wasn't long before
I had qualified as a sharpshooter."
Lt. Wm. Starr
June 5, 1954
Notes on the slide:
"My plane being harmonized,
K-14, June '54"
Webmaster note: dad's notes below and elsewhere indicate this
is F-86F number 52-4553, which was later lost after it caught
fire while returning from Tsuiki air base in Japan, within months
of this photo being taken. The pilot ejected, likely safely. The
jet was lost at sea. Dad was then assigned F-86F number
52-4637. Curiously enough, today there is an F-86F model number
"637" on display in Busan, Korea, at the war memorial.
But I'm unsure if it is the same bird. Sources tell me the Koreans
have been known to paint random tail numbers onto jets.) Below
are dad's notes. The roman numeral system seems to be a succession
of jets assigned to him over his career, and also likely indicate
the "Red Bug" naming progression.