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The Communists continued their offensive on 2 September, exerting pressure all around the defensive perimeter. On the southwestern front the 25th Division withstood the enemy and launched strong counterattacks which drove the Reds back beyond their original positions. The 2d Division, however, continued to find itself in trouble, for the enemy had forced across the Naktong and was seeking to capture the town of Yŏngsan. Weather in Korea was generally poor, particularly in the battle areas, but the Fifth Air Force, making good use of squadrons released from air defense in Japan and the Marine air squadron, flew a total of 201 close-support sorties. [126]

The 307th Bombardment Group sent 25  B-29's to blanket Communist supplies in the towns of Kŭmch'ŏn, Kŏch'ang, and Chinju with 863 x 500-pound bombs.[127]


On the previous evening [1 Sept] Task Force 77 had sent a representative to the Joint Operations Center to plan missions and arrange flight schedules.

 The Navy also agreed to furnish airborne controllers to work with the Mosquitoes in front of the 2nd Division, this being the area in which it was agreed that carrier planes would provide close support. In view of this agreement, General Partridge was willing to waive his requirement that Navy planes would report to "Mellow" before making close-support strikes.

These coordinated operations went very well, and during the day pilots from Task Force 77 flew 127 close-support sorties. On this day the 2nd and 25th Division continued to secure the bulk of available close-support effort. Together, Navy and Air Force planes provided the two divisions nearly 300 close-support sorties. #128