Liancourt Rocks/Dokdo Islets and its surrounding waters were often frequented by Korean fishermen during the years of the U.S. occupation of Japan and Korea; American occupation authorities had also designated the islets as a bombing range for U.S. forces from 1947-1952.

The 1948 Bombing of Dokdo Island--Site Contents:

Liancourt Rocks Bombing Range 1947-1953

The June 1948 Bombing of Dokdo

Korean Reactions

Official Investigations

Analysis of the Evidence

The Territorial Dispute over Dokdo

US Decisions Regarding Dokdo

Other webpages at this site:

Aerial Target Ranges on the West Coast of Korea (1946-1948).

US Occupation Authorities Recognized Korea´s involvement with, and dependence on, Dokdo.

A Timeline of U.S. Actions Regarding Dokdo (1945-1954)

1872 Map by Japanese Cartographer, Uchida Shinsai

"Who Was Nakai Yozaburo?"
An explanation of the circumstances and nature of Imperial Japan´s incorporation of Dokdo in 1905

"Why the Koreans Refuse to Go Before the International Court of Justice (ICJ) with Japan Over the Dokdo Issue"

The Japanese Council of State (Dajokan) Refuted Japanese Control over Dokdo in 1877

The Dokdo Issue in the 1965 Basic Relations Treaty Negotiations

Interviews with Two Men Who Survived the 6/8/48 Bombing of Dokdo

U.S. Newspaper Articles on the 6/8/48 Bombing of Dokdo by the U.S. Air Force

United States Army Forces in Korea (USAFIK) Press Releases concerning the 6/8/48 bombing of Dokdo

Korean Press Editorials from both Seoul and Pyongyang on the 6/8/48 Bombing of Dokdo

United States Army Forces in Korea (USAFIK) Intelligence Reports on the Korean Reactions to the 6/8/48 Bombing of Dokdo

The Mission Report that was written up after the 93d Bombardment Group´s bombing of Dokdo

Photographs of the 93d Bombardment Group´s Leaders and Deployment to Okinawa in the Summer of 1948

The US Military Request to Use Dokdo as a Live Bombing Target in June 1951

US Embassy Report: "Koreans on Liancourt Rocks" (1952)

US Embassy Report: "Use of Disputed Territory (Tokto Island) as a Live Bombing Area" (1952)

Instructions Issued by the Supreme Commander for the Allied Powers (SCAP) that concerned Dokdo


On the evening of Tuesday, June 8, 1948, three Korean fishermen were rescued from a damaged fifteen-ton wooden boat in the East Sea/Sea of Japan.     The men told of a horrifying ordeal they had endured earlier that day.     They claimed that aircraft had bombed and strafed them while they and others in up to 80 other boats were harvesting seaweed at an island located off the East coast of Korea known as Dokdo.    Of all the fishermen present at Dokdo that day, the three badly shaken men were among the few survivors. (i.)

In the weeks after the incident, the story had become national news in Korea, eliciting indignant responses from political leaders and the press in both the North and the South. (ii.)    U.S. military representatives in the region issued statements to the Korean press, providing their own version of the incident, while admitting that U.S. Air Force bombers had indeed used Dokdo as a practice-bombing target that same day.     Until now, the survivors´ testimonies, newspaper accounts and press releases issued by the U.S. military have provided the only explanations of how this bombing incident had taken place.

The purpose of this site is to provide a more detailed accounting of the June 8, 1948 bombing incident, and to provide possible explanations to still unanswered questions concerning this incident.    NEXT

This research has been published in the following scholarly journals:

Transactions of the Royal Asiatic Society - Korea Branch, Vol. 78 (2003), pp. 21-33.

International Journal of Korean History, Vol. 4, (August 2003), pp.261-278.


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