United States bombers struck at targets in North Vietnam again the week. When the raids?
United States bombers struck at targets in North Vietnam again the week. When the raids ended, North Vietnam claimed that seven United States jets had been shot down.
United States officials say three planes were lost--two F-4 Phantom bombers and an F-105 Thunderchief.
Military officials say the United states raids were made to prevent heavy artillery being moved across the demilitarised zone into South Vietnam.
SYNOPSIS: American Starfighters roll out in readiness for a raid over North Vietnam, This library film shows scenes which were repeated this week as United States planes again attacked targets north of the demilitarised zone. The attacks this week were aimed at preventing heavy artillery from reaching South Vietnam. As always bridges are a prime target--so are railway lines. The American bombers were ordered into the air when huge 130 millimetre artillery pieces were spotted moving towards the demilitarised zone. Artillery of that type hadn't been used before in the Vietnam conflict.
Before the attack was called off, American planes had taken part in a hundred raids. According to American military officials the main target area was just north of the demilitarised zone which separates the two Vietnamese. The raids were costly of the Americans. North Vietnamese weapons destroyed at least three planes--3 Thunderchief like this was among them.
The United States also admits losing two Phantoms during the raids. The six crewmen in the three planes are all listed as missing. North Vietnam claims that, in fact, seven United States aircraft were brought down.
Heavy anti-aircraft fire is ???ountered by most bombers over North Vietnam--but it was ground-to-air missiles that claimed the United States planes this week.
There's been a steady increase in the efficiency of North Vietnamese missile basses. Here a Sam missile is launched--and United States Phantoms take rapid evasive action to get clear.
Target areas are usually first identified by a reconnaissance mission--but it is the Phantom that forms the backbone of the United States bombing force. despite their great manoeuvrability, phantom pilots must keep a watchful eye for the North Vietnamese missiles.
As well as watching for missiles, pilots also keep an eye open for the swift Mig fighters used by the North Vietnamese. There've been man aerial dogfights involving these two types of aircraft--and although United States officials generally rapport success for their missions, there's no doubt that the Migs have been responsible for the loss of a number of United States Phantoms.