Thousands of North Koreans, refugees from their
own government, moved to islands off the west
coast. The situation was an opportunity for our
forces to establish bases for reconnaissance
missions well behind enemy lines. At most, however,
only small units of South Korean troops were
positioned there, since UN command considered
resupply too difficult.
The CCF subsequently occupied a number of those
many small islands. One such action, according to
the caption on this Chinese photo,was at Dachua-do.
This caption says this was an opposed assault.
Of tactical interest, these were the first
Chinese assaults where they used air-ground
support, presumably with Stormovik piston aircraft.
Another Chinese photo claims to be of one such
plane and pilot which they say shot down one jet
and damaged three others.