795.00/11–650: Telegram

The Chargé in Korea (Drumright) to the Secretary of State


339. Embtel 3371 and previous on Sino-Communist intervention in North Korea. Eighth Army states ROK units yesterday captured [Page 1055] additional seven Chinese prisoners in area northeast Pyongyang. What appeared to be total number of 18 hostile Yak aircraft were observed over northwest Korea yesterday. Such aircraft appear almost certain to have risen from Manchurian fields.

On basis current information, Eighth Army intelligence estimates there now between 25,000 and 27,000 Sino-Communists engaged in northwestern Korean sector. Tenth Corps intelligence estimates UN forces northeastern Korea are engaged against Sino-Communist strength of about one division.

  1. Received at 8:05 a.m. on November 5, p. 1044.