North Vietnamese gunners took a heavy toll of American helicopters over Laos on Thursday (18 February), shooting down four.
GV United States self-propelled guns and army vehicles.
GV Self-propelled guns pan to shells being loaded.
SV Army truck full of shells drives past.
LV Troops around helicopter.
SV Inscription on tail of helicopter "United States Army".
SV Serviceman, zoom in to US army badge on jacket.
SV Troops around helicopter, tilt up to blades.
SV Pan helicopter crew during flight.
Aerial view Laos terrain
SV machine gun position on helicopter.
SV Helicopter pilot and roadway.
Aerial view South Vietnamese motor convoy.
SV Pilot, pan to aerial view hilly terrain.
Initials VS/045 VS/113
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Background: North Vietnamese gunners took a heavy toll of American helicopters over Laos on Thursday (18 February), shooting down four. This brings to 19 the number of helicopters downed in support operations for the South Vietnamese push into Laos. Operating from Khe Sanh, in South Vietnam near the Laotian border, U.S. Army helicopters have been flying daily support missions for the South Vietnamese Army units doing the fighting on the ground.
This film was shot by a camera crew of the British Broadcasting Corporation, and follows an American helicopter mission over Laos Khe Sanh.