Two United states helicopter pilots who were shot down over Laos were interviewed Saturday (6 March) after they spent three days walking through the jungle to get back to South Vietnam.
SHOWS THE PILOT TALKING TO REPORTER. TALKING-HEAD OF PILOT CAPTAIN JOHN BISHOP AS HE TELLS OF HOW HIS HELICOPTER WAS HE WITH ITS LOAD OF ARVN TROOPS AND CAME DOWN INSIDE LAOS. HE SAYS THAT HE LOST TRACK OF ALL BUT HIS CREW CHIEF AFTER LANDING. SHOT OF PILOTS HANDS AND THEN PAN UP TO FACE. HE SAYS THE TWO OF THEM SUBSISTED ON THE DEW SUCKED FROM LEAVES IN THE MORNING AND THE AFTER THREE DAYS OF TRAVELLING THEY MET UP WITH A FORCE OF ARVN SOLDIERS WHO ARE FOR THEIR BEING FLOWN OUT. THERE IS ONE SHOT OF THE REPORTER WHILE THE PILOT IS TALKING BUT, HE IS NOT HEARD FROM IN THIS REPORT.
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Background: Two United states helicopter pilots who were shot down over Laos were interviewed Saturday (6 March) after they spent three days walking through the jungle to get back to South Vietnam.
The pilots said the only way they could get back to an American base was on foot. North Vietnamese soldiers were in the area, but the two men avoided them. They also faced the hazard of American gunships firing at suspected North Vietnamese encampments in the area.
At one point they saw a smoke grenade and through it might be a rescue helicopter, since a number of downed Americans have been rescued, but in this case there was no rescue mission, so they continued walking and finally made it back across the border to South Vietnam.