Leaflets or Ppira (삐라) Urging Korean and Chinese Pilots to Defect. KOREAN WAR UN FORCES PROPAGANDA LEAFLETS.
Leaflets or Ppira (삐라) Urging Korean and Chinese Pilots to Defect.
Leaflets or Ppira (삐라) Urging Korean and Chinese Pilots to Defect.
Leaflets or Ppira (삐라) Urging Korean and Chinese Pilots to Defect.
Leaflets or Ppira (삐라) Urging Korean and Chinese Pilots to Defect.
Leaflets or Ppira (삐라) Urging Korean and Chinese Pilots to Defect.

Leaflets or Ppira (삐라) Urging Korean and Chinese Pilots to Defect.

(Tokyo). Headquarters, Far East Command. 1953. Stock ID #172280

Two leaflets or ppira (삐라) one in Korean, one in Chinese printed in blue and black. Typescript English translations of both provided. Leaflets show a head and shoulders portrait of Polish defector Lt. Garecki and an illustration of a MiG-15 with text on the reverse. Leaflets: 25.3 x 20.2cm; accompanying translations: 26.6 x 20.6cm. Staple holes upper corners of leaflets and translations, evenly browned, overall good copies.

Leaflets from the United States' successful Operation Moolah program. One North Korean pilot - No Kum-sok - defected with his MiG-15 to Kimpo Air Base in South Korea following the instructions given by these pamphlets on 21 September 1953, two months after the Armistice Agreement at Panmunjom. He would later receive the promised $100,000, and now resides in the United States. His MiG-15 is on display at the National Museum of the United States Air Force in Ohio, after having been researched in Okinawa, and test flown by Chuck Yeager.

Korean leaflet: "To: Courageous Jet Pilots. Subject: The Way to the Free World".
Chinese leaflet: "To: Courageous Jet Pilots. Subject: Flying Toward the Road of Freedom"

Both leaflets promise amnesty for Chinese and Korean defectors, talk of the freedom that could be enjoyed by them, and discuss the comforts and luxuries that await. Cash rewards of $50,000 for defection with jet aircraft promised, as well as a bonus $50,000 for being the first to defect.

Instructions on how to approach and land at Kimpo Air Base are provided, telling prospective defectors to fly to Baengyeongdo Island and descend to 6100m altitude on approach, UN planes will then provide an escort for landing. If unable to successfully land, escapees are encouraged to fly over Seoul at 6100m with their landing gear lowered. If troubled by UN Forces in their efforts to defect, escapees are to lower their gear and rock their wings violently.

Prospective defectors are told "The free world shall welcome you as an old friend as well as a hero.", "Read these instructions and fly towards the free world where freedom and a reward is awaiting you!". Signed by UN Command Supreme Commander, General Mark W. Clark.

Leaflets such as these were designed in the US at the Operations Research Office of the US but managed by Johns Hopkins University. It is estimated that 120 million leaflets were dropped over the Korean peninsula during the war. Ranging in size from only a few inches to newspaper size, they were usually dropped with the use of a special bomb.
(Korean War Propaganda Leaflet Collection at the Library of Congress Blog - Sonya Lee. September, 2017.)

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