This story is a semi-biographical tale taken from the journals of 1st Lieutenant Ben R. Games, 4th Fighter Squadron, USAF, written from 1948–50 during the start of the Korean War (Police Action). It is about flying the B-29 Superfortress, P-61B Black Widow, F-80A Shooting Star, F-82G Twin Mustang, and tells how the Games Clan lived and worked for their country during a time of world confusion. The author’s family lived on Kadena Air Force Base for 25 months while the author flew night intruder missions and air defense flights from Naha, Okinawa. The author uses the entries on his USAF Form #5 flight records and notes written in his journal to verify the story.
The Korean War or Police Action was fought with the United Nations establishing the rules of engagement. These rules were designed to give advantage to the Communist Chinese soldiers who out-numbered the Americans five to one. The Korean War was a perfect test to see if the United States would give up the fight for freedom. We wouldn’t and didn’t.
Ben R. Games, PhD, Major, CW-4, TCNA-6, flew bombers and night fighters during WWII, then Jet Fighters for the USAF during the Korean War, and Chinook helicopters in Vietnam for the 1st Cavalry Division. He is a member of the Distinguished Flying Cross Society with 737 recorded combat hours. He retired from military flying in 1978 after 35 years.
Ben R. Games, PhD, Major, CW-4, TCNA-6, flew bombers and night fighters during WWII, then Jet Fighters for the USAF during the Korean War, and Chinook helicopters in Vietnam for the 1st Cavalry Division. He is a member of the North American Mach Busters Club and of the Distinguished Flying Cross Society with 737 recorded combat hours. After 35 years he retired from military flying in 1978 and later became the manager of the Turks & Caicos National Airline.
He served in Vietnam as a pilot with the 228 Aviation Battalion, Company B, 1st Cavalry Division, and is a life member of Army Aviation Class 43K, 1st Cavalry Division Association, MOAA, USAF Association, VHPA, DFC Society, National Guard Association of the US, Camp Grayling Officers Club, VFW, American Legion, and the DAV.
During his military service Ben was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross for Heroism, Bronze Star, 14 Air Medals, Army Commen-dation Medal with “V” Device, National Defense Service Medal w/3 Bronze Service Stars, MI Medals of Valor w/Oak leaf cluster, two Legion of Merit. Vietnam Campaign Medal w/1960 device, Republic of Vietnam Gallantry Cross w/Palm Unit Citation, and Republic of Vietnam Civil Actions Medal of Honor with First Class Unit Citation.
During the past fifty years, stories of his flying adventures have been read by people around the world. They range from a child’s Christmas story, biographical adventures, to science fiction.read more