On October 8, 1950, just three and a half months into the Korean 'police action' war, two Lockheed F-80 Shooting Stars set out from Taegu airbase to attack the North Korean airbase at Chongjin. Instead, because of unexpected tail winds and flying above cloud cover, they inadvertently attacked Sukhaya Recha, a Soviet airbase well over 100 km inside Russian territory.
The two aircraft strafed the base with their 50 calibre machine guns, setting alight seven P-63 Bell Kingcobra propeller driven fighters. Ironically these aircraft had been given, by the United States, to the Soviet Union during WW2!
In the ensuing diplomatic furor the Soviets protested and the U.S. apologized. Both pilots were subjected to a General court martial but were found not guilty.
The incident was quickly downplayed, perhaps because Russia was obviously unprepared and the U.S. was embarrassed. Some feel that this incident kept Russia out of the Korean war and that it may have accelerated Truman's dismissal of General MacArthur.
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