• Short Summary

    The last two United States prisoners of war being held by The People's Republic of China in Peking were released on Thursday (15 March) after spending more than five years in gaol.

  • Description

    The last two United States prisoners of war being held by The People's Republic of China in Peking were released on Thursday (15 March) after spending more than five years in gaol.

    The two men were Lieutenant Commander Robert Flynn, 35, and Major Philip Smith, 38. Both were shot down while flying military missions.

    Both man were smiling, and looked healthy as they crossed the Lo Wu Railway Bridge into Hong Kong.

    Their release came three days after China freed United States C.I.A. agent John Downey, who'd been held for more than 20 years on spy charges after his aircraft was shot down during the Korean War.

    The two airmen were flown from Hong Kong to the Philippines aboard a special hospital aircraft less than one hour after they crossed the border to freedom.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA5LOHBV1NHBU7HK4CPRVWU0YR4
    Media URN:
    VLVA5LOHBV1NHBU7HK4CPRVWU0YR4
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    16/03/1973
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:05:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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