My dad worked as a P-51 mechanic during the Korean conflict.
Another email from Bill (the files are attached at the bottom of this post):
I just struck gold! By a stroke of fortune, I was actually able to access the
online unit histories at AFHRA (which I though were down). When you mentioned
Itami to me below, it led me to the 433d Fighter Squadron, a subordinate of
the 475th Fighter Group. Then wouldn’t you know, I found your father’s name
in the September 1946 history! If you look in the attached PDF file of the
September history, on Page 2 (second page after title cover) it reads:
“In addition, the following officer and men were placed on indefinite D.S.
[detached service] with the squadron [433d] from the 40th Air Engineering
Squadron for the purpose of providing third echelon maintenance:
[list of names]
Pfc. Hosey, Mark J.
Later on page 3 of the October 1946 report in the same file, it mentions that
he was promoted to Corporal on 15 October 1946. I’ve placed a notation around
So it looks as if in at least September-October 1946 he was in Japan and was
detached for service with the 433d Fighter Squadron. The pictures that you
sent match other pictures of the squadron airplanes in later histories. I’ll
send those along as well.