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Although the movement of the tactical air wings to Korea necessitated hard work, Fifth Air Force pilots were elated because of reduced flight time and no more over-water flights. Living conditions at Pohang were primitive, reported the 40th Squadron, but the stay at Tsuiki had conditioned personnel to all forms of hardship. After Tsuiki, Pohang was not so bad.

Within a few weeks living conditions improved at most Korean bases. During the latter part of October personnel of the 49th Group moved from tents to Korean-built barracks, a welcome change with the arrival of cold weather.

On 1 September the Fifth Air Force announced that a person with six weeks in Korea would be entitled to three days of temporary duty in Japan at a station of his choice. "This little project has much to do with the high morale maintained in the squadron," wrote the 8th Squadron's historical officer. There was some discontent that FEAF had not announced any definite number of missions prerequisite to rotation, but in October most personnel were glad to have made the move to Korea, where, with the effective strength of the Fifth Air Force brought to bear, it did not appear that the war would be continued very long.#120

#120 Hists. 40th Ftr.-Intr. Sq., 8th Ftr.-Bmr. Sq., and 49th Ftr.-Bmr. Gp., Oct. 1950;

 ltr. FAFIK to All Comdrs., subj: FAF Reg. 75-1, 1 Sept. 1950.