• Short Summary

    Bienhoa, the big South Vietnamese Air Force base just to the north of Saigon, has become increasingly busy since the North Vietnamese invasion began three weeks ago.

  • Description

    Bienhoa, the big South Vietnamese Air Force base just to the north of Saigon, has become increasingly busy since the North Vietnamese invasion began three weeks ago.

    Helicopter gunships and fighter-bombers have been flying out from hero on missions aimed at relieving the besieged town on An Loc. The South Vietnamese are still using propeller-driven T-28's for bombing assaults. There have been no signs of anti-aircraft guns around An Loc, and the T-28's -- although slow -- have proved invaluable.

    The South Vietnamese are also using Freedom Fighter F-5's for their An Loc airstrikes. They are among the fastest aircraft operating in Indochina at the moment, capable of carrying rockets, bombs and cannons.

    F-5's flew to An Loc on Monday (17 April) for strikes aimed at breaking communist lines around the town. There was no anti-aircraft fire and the South Vietnamese lost no aircraft. The Saigon military command issued no official statement on the results of Monday's mission, but Biennoa pilots claim to have killed a number of communist troops and to have destroyed two tanks during the strike.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA11L3ZI7SYPXZRMHI1W4749YVJ
    Media URN:
    VLVA11L3ZI7SYPXZRMHI1W4749YVJ
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    19/04/1972
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:02:04:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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