Mellow Control

July 20 , 1950

Mellow Control - On July 20, 1950 control of tactical support aircraft was assumed at Taegu by the FAF-Eighth Army JOC. Its radio control station at Taegu was given the call sign of “Mellow.” Fighter aircraft were directed to the front by Mellow Control (Tactical Air Control Center) and Mosquito Mellow. When they arrived in the operating area, airborne Mosquitoes FACs directed them to specific targets



September 1 , 1050

When Task Force 77's fliers began to report in, the Joint Operations Center sent the Navy pilots to support the 2nd Division. Although Task Force 77 launched 85 sorties during the afternoon, the Navy support did not work out very well for several reasons. Having reversed course, the Navy carriers launched maximum striking forces while they were still some 250 miles from the target area. All flights were supposed to report to "Mellow" control and obtain target designations and directions. But when the swarms of Navy planes, already short on fuel from their 250-mile trip, began to report to "Mellow," the result was fairly obvious: communications channels were overloaded and could not handle all of the Navy's flights within the time permitted by their reduced fuel loads. Some of the Navy planes could not wait and had to jettison their bombs and return to their carriers without making a contribution to the battle.#125