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Re: 101 Engineer C Bn.Friendly Fire Korea 1953
Posted by: les neville (ID *****4997) Date: June 12, 2002 at 13:18:29
In Reply to: 101 Engineer C Bn.Friendly Fire Korea 1953 by John P. Lock of 791

Hello John.
I was interested to read your message re "Friendly Fire on one of the River Imjin bridges in 1953,I was a Driver with a Transport Company with the British Commonwealth Division from July 1952 to Dec 1953 and we were located just on the 38th Parallel when the incident happened.
I am almost sure that the bridge you mention was "Teal Bridge" which if my memory serves correctly was at the end of "Gloucester Valley" (The other bridges were "Pintail and "Whitefront")I Went over the bridge a few days after it was shot up and and it was still being repaired.
The story I heard was that "Two U.S planes were on patrol and they intercepted a Russian Mig in the process of attacking the bridge,but you know what the army is like for rumours!!.
As you can imagine being a transport driver I was all over the place,I used to go to your fuel depot over on "Whitefront"quite a lot as we used to supply the whole Commonwealth Division with fuel including the Canadians.
We used to drive the 3ton Bedfords which were used quite extensively during WW2 in the desert for which they were quite suited on account of them being high sprung.
I met quite a lot of your fellow americans during my time out there including some of your M.Ps who did not take very kindly to us doing a bit of rubber burning!!,I don't think they realised that there was a war on!.
Hope you find these recollections interesting John from one Old Soldier to another.
Best wishes .
Les.


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