On this day Yalu River N Korea

John A Silkstone

Mi General
MI.Net Member
Jul 11, 2004
On this day in 1952, the U.S. Air Force bombed power plants on the Yalu River in Korea.The river is the border between China and North Korea.

The Korean side of the river was heavily industrialized during the Japanese Colonial Period (1910–1945), and by 1945 almost 20% of Japan's total industrial output originated in Korea. During the Korean War the movement of UN troops approaching the river provoked massive Chinese intervention from around Dandong. In the course of the conflict every bridge across the river except one was destroyed. The one remaining bridge was the Sino-Korea Friendship Bridge connecting Sinuiju, North Korea to Dandong, China. During the war, the valley surrounding the western end of the river also became the focal point of a series of epic dogfights for air superiority over North Korea, earning the nickname "MiG Alley" in reference to the MiG-15 fighters flown by the combined North Korean, Chinese, and Soviet forces.

Since the early 1990s, the river has frequently been crossed by North Koreans illegally fleeing to China.

The river is important for hydroelectric power, and one of the largest hydroelectric dams in Asia is in Sup'ung Rodongjagu, 100 m high and over 850 m long, located upstream from Sinuiju, North Korea. In addition the river is used for transportation, particularly of lumber from its forested banks. The river provides fish for the local population.
I was in Korea on that date; however, not near the Yalu river. salute;

Similar threads