The Western Pacific D+16 (25 July, 1987)

Western Pacific D+16

0020– Four F-117A stealth fighters arrive at Misawa Airbase in northern Japan. The aircraft are placed in two heavily guarded hangars as the pilots go into their post-flight debriefings.

0400– Like clockwork, the pre-dawn convoy of trucks containing ammunition, fuel and other war material arrives at the Soviet-North Korean frontier. The Russian truck drivers are replaced by North Korean drivers who will transport the materials to their final destinations in the DPRK. Once the trucks cross the Tumen River, Soviet border guards block the bridge spanning the river with heavy equipment.

0415– The Soviet Union officially informs the North Korean government that the border between their two nations is indefinitely closed.

0500– The North Korean government orders all Soviet diplomats and military advisers to depart the country within twelve hours.

0800– Discussions begin between Chinese and Soviet diplomats in Beijing. The Soviet delegation declares that military assistance efforts for North Korea have been ended on orders from Moscow and the Soviet government is open to taking further steps to deescalate tensions between the Soviet Union and PRC in the coming hours and days.

1030– In South Korea, fighting has been occurring intermittently between North Korean and Combined Forces north of the Han River. US intelligence has indicated the North Koreans are preparing their forces to resume the push towards Seoul in 24 hours. Most of the enemy activity on the ground that morning, and throughout the afternoon has been limited to company and battalion-sized probes of Combined Forces positions.

1305– US and ROK air forces begin striking fuel depots, airbases and convoys carrying troops and war material south to the front. This marks an escalation in the air war with targets deep inside of North Korea under concentrated attack for the first time since hostilities broke out on the Korean Peninsula.

1530– Seventh Fleet’s carriers are also in action on this day. Ranger’s aircraft hit the port and naval facilities at Wonsan while USS Midway’s air wing goes after headquarters and other military targets around Hamhung. As the air attacks continue, the two carrier groups start moving farther north and paralleling the North Korean coast.

1845– The ghost of Inchon remains in the mind of North Korea’s Great Leader. Kim Il Sung issues orders for the defenses along the eastern coastline to be heavily reinforced. He also orders the East Sea Fleet to sortie, engage and destroy the American fleet approaching the homeland.

2225– At Misawa Airbase the F-117 pilots complete their pre-flight briefings and start walking out to their aircraft. The targets for their post-midnight sorties are government and military centers in Pyongyang.

5 Replies to “The Western Pacific D+16 (25 July, 1987)”

  1. Big Kim is about to become a decorative coating for the inside of a bomb crater. Good.

    Incidentally, and unrelatedly…it’s 8:20 on the Eastern Coast of the US, as of me posting this. It’s 2:20 AM, June 6th, in Normandy, France. In 1944, US and British airborne troops would’ve been on the ground for about 30 minutes now, some as long as an hour…

    In four more hours, landings would commence along five beaches: Sword, Juno, Gold, Utah, and Omaha, as well as Ranger operations at Pointe du Hoc. The U.S., British, Free Polish, Canadian, and Free French troops, as well as the navies of their home countries and others who escaped the Nazi invasion of western Europe, arrived not as conquerors, but as liberators.

    I used to post a rather lengthy photo-timeline of operations on Facebook, but I don’t/won’t use Facebook any longer. But I had to remind someone, somewhere.

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    1. Thanks for choosing here for the reminder 6 June is one of those sacred dates on the calendar. Every year it should be remembered and the lives of those lost honored.

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  2. Oh boy…

    Ghosts of Inchon indeed. But at what cost to DPRK infrastructure… and will the US try and pull that trick on the NK Coast? Samho has good beaches for landing as does Tanchon, with Tanchon having an airfield (supposedly).

    Some good beaches all up an down the coast really… but nothing that screams Important enough to land at other than Hamhung. Sinpyong and Kimchaek look important… but they might be too close to China’s Frontier.

    And not enough of a distraction for the NK command.

    But then, make it shiny/noisy enough and they will bite. Almost as bad as a cat dealing with a laser pointer.

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