• Short Summary

    FORTY-FOUR AMERICAN AND VIETNAMESE AIRCRAFT AT THE BIEN HOA AIRBASE WERE DAMAGED EARLY YESTERDAY MORNING (TUESDAY) BY VIETCONG MORTAR AND RECOILLESS RIFLE FIRE.

  • Description

    FORTY-FOUR AMERICAN AND VIETNAMESE AIRCRAFT AT THE BIEN HOA AIRBASE WERE DAMAGED EARLY YESTERDAY MORNING (TUESDAY) BY VIETCONG MORTAR AND RECOILLESS RIFLE FIRE.THE 15-MINUTE ATTACK - THE SECOND SINCE LAST YEAR - ALSO INFLICTED CASUALTIES ON BOTH AMERICAN AND VIETNAMESE AIRFORCE PERSONNEL.THE AIRBASE, THE SECOND LARGEST IN THE COUNTRY, IS 12 MILES NORTHEAST OF SAIGON.

    THE VIETCONG POURED 43 MORTAR AND RECOILLESS RIFLE SHELLS IN TWO BARRAGES.FLYING SHRAPNEL DAMAGED PROPELLER-DRIVEN SKYRAIDER FIGHTER-BOMBERS, LIGHT OBSERVATION AIRCRAFT, HELICOPTERS, FLIGHT LINES, JET ENGINES UNDER REPAIR IN HANGARS AND AIRMEN'S QUARTERS.A SQUADRON OF F-100 SUPERSONIC 'SUPER SABRE' FIGHTER-BOMBERS PARKED NEARBY MISSED THE BARRAGE.

    MOST THE OF THE WOUNDED WERE ONLY SLIGHTLY CUT BY THE FLYING SHRAPNEL.

    SHORTLY AFTER THE ATTACK, VIETNAMESE AND AMERICAN TROOPS SWEPT VIETCONG POSITIONS SOUTHWEST AND NORTHEAST OF THE BASE FROM WHERE THE MORTAR ROUNDS WERE FIRED, BUT THEY MADE NO CONTACT.MEANWHILE, ACTIVITIES AT THE AIRBASE HAVE RETURNED TO NORMAL AND BOMBING MISSIONS ON VIETCONG TARGETS IN THE COUNTRY ARE BEING LAUNCHED FROM HERE.

    THE FIRST ATTACK WAS IN NOVEMBER LAST YEAR.THE VIETCONG DESTROYED OR SEVERELY DAMAGED 27 AIRCRAFT IN A NIGHT ATTACK.FOUR AMERICANS WERE KILLED AND 72 WOUNDED.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA75IND8UFGPPKS8SWUFKNJ0IHS
    Media URN:
    VLVA75IND8UFGPPKS8SWUFKNJ0IHS
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    25/08/1965
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:19:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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