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Aug. 19: US troops, aided by airstrikes, drove North Korean forces in the Yŏngsan-ni, bridgehead back across the Naktong River, ending the Battle of the Naktong Bulge. Sixty-three B-29s attacked the industrial and port area of Ch'ŏngjin in northeastern Korea. Nine Superfortresses of the 19th BG dropped 54 tons of 1,000-pound bombs on the west railway bridge at Sŏul, called the "elastic bridge" because repeated air attacks had failed to bring it down. Thirty-seven USN dive bombers from two aircraft carriers followed up the USAF attack. Aerial reconnaissance the next day revealed that two spans had collapsed.

Aug. 19-20: Partridge moved the Joint Operations Center from Taegu to Pusan because of enemy advances.