I remember long ago playing CFS3 and there was two guys chatting in what I took for Korean. An American popped in and asked what language they were chatting in. One replied that it was Korean. The American asked, "North or South?" The other guy immediately typed in, "THERE IS ONLY ONE KOREA!!!!" and a huge verbal battle broke out for 15 minutes or more
Generally speaking, in Korea it was relatively easy to distinguish between Russian, Chinese and North Korean pilots :
- For many, the Russians were World War II veterans, some with several victories under their belts, and therefore very tough and dangerous. Many aces.
- The Chinese were much less experienced, and were converted to MiG-15s in a hurry. Some already had experience on the MiG-9, others on the propeller-driven Lavochkin. In any case, at least in the early days, they were not very dangerous and were regarded by the Americans as "cannon fodder". Some became aces.
- The Koreans had even less experience and were few in number, but some became aces also.
No. How would the US pilot/aircrew possibly know? And what difference would it make? The fight was going to progress however it was going to progress.
Very few Russian pilots flew in Vietnam, and I only know of one who died in a MiG--he was an instructor. IIRC total Soviet deaths amounted to 16.
N Koreans were active up to 67 or 68, and there's a separate cemetery for about 14 Works including support personnel.