• Short Summary

    AMERICAN SERVICEMEN HAVE BEGUN REPAIRING THE CRATERED RUNWAYS AND DAMAGED AIRCRAFT AT THE BIEN HOA AIRBASE.

  • Description

    AMERICAN SERVICEMEN HAVE BEGUN REPAIRING THE CRATERED RUNWAYS AND DAMAGED AIRCRAFT AT THE BIEN HOA AIRBASE. ON FRIDAY VIET CONG FORCES UNLEASHED A RAIN OF SHELL AND ROCKET FIRE ON THE AMERICAN BASE, KILLING SIX SERVICEMEN AND WOUNDING 67.

    IT WAS THE FIRST VIET CONG ATTACK ON THE BASE FOR ALMOST TWO YEARS. THE COMMUNIST TROOPS FIRED MORE THAN 125 SHELLS AT THE BASE, FROM ROCKETS, MORTARS AND RECOILLESS RIFLES. IT WAS THE FIRST TIME THEY HAD USED THE MASSIVE SOVIET-MADE 140MM ROCKETS SO FAR SOUTH.

    FOUR AIRCRAFT WERE DESTROYED AND AT LEAST 25 DAMAGED ONE MILLION-DOLLAR SUPERSABRE AIRCRAFT WAS COMPLETELY DEMOLISHED.

    NORMALLY BIEN HOA, 16 MILES NORTH OF SAIGON, IS THE COUNTRY'S BUSIEST AIRPORT, BUT AFTER THE ATTACK ALL NORMAL MISSIONS WERE TEMPORARILY CANCELLED.

    MAKE-SHIFT REPAIRS WERE MADE AND AFTER TWO HOURS, AMERICAN FIGHTERS WERE SETTING OFF IN PURSUIT OF THE VIET CONG TROOP.

    AS THE JET FIGHTERS WERE TAKING OFF, MAINTENANCE MEN WERE FILLING IN THE HOLES IN THE RUNWAY AND CLEARING THE DEBRIS LEFT BY DEMOLISHED AIRCRAFT.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA4810A9FNVZP1N2D157U2BVOR2
    Media URN:
    VLVA4810A9FNVZP1N2D157U2BVOR2
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    14/05/1967
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:10:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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