November 29, 2023

Kenneth Rowe, North Korean pilot who defected in Soviet plane, dies at 90

Rowe fooled the DPRK air force into thinking he was loyal to Kim Il Sung, all while he was planning his great escape

Kenneth Hill Rowe, a North Korean pilot who defected in his Soviet MiG-15 aircraft across the Demilitarized Zone shortly after the Korean War, passed away last month at his home in Daytona, Florida.

Born No Kum Sok to a relatively affluent businessman in Sinhung County, South Hamgyong Province, in what was then known as Japanese-occupied Korea, Rowe’s life would prove to be one of contradiction.