THE AIR WAR: The Navy in the Hills

The advancing Reds had closed the floodgates of the huge Hwachon Dam just above the 38th parallel. Result: the level of the Pukhan River, which is fed by the Hwachon Reservoir, fell sharply, depriving retreating U.N. troops of a valuable defensive barrier. Last week the U.S. Army asked the U.S. Navy to do something about it.

From the deck of the carrier Princeton, cruising in the Sea of Japan, rose a flight of Douglas Skyraiders. When they got to the dam and tried to blow it up, they found that their bombs were...

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