February 19, 1953
While serving in the Korean War, Ted Williams’ plane, a F9F Panther, was hit by flak during a raid in Pyongyang, North Korea. He and his plane limped back to a nearby Air Force airfield close to the front line where he safely landed.
Williams flew 39 missions in Korea and was finally withdrawn from fight status in June 1953 after they discovered an inner ear infection when he was hospitalized for pneumonia.
Eric Bynum is Managing Editor here at BaseballdeWorld. He spent three years as an ESL teacher in South Korea, and is now working on his master's degree in history with a focus on baseball and WWII. He has played and/or written about baseball for the past 30 years and is an avid Atlanta Braves fan.