• Short Summary

    VIET CONG GUERILLAS MADE A DARING ATTACK ON WEDNESDAY ON A MILITARY AIR BASE ONLY THREE MILES (FIVE KILOMETRES) FROM CENTRAL SAIGON.

  • Description

    VIET CONG GUERILLAS MADE A DARING ATTACK ON WEDNESDAY ON A MILITARY AIR BASE ONLY THREE MILES (FIVE KILOMETRES) FROM CENTRAL SAIGON. SEVEN AMERICAN SERVICEMEN AND A VIETNAMESE ENGINEER WERE KILLED IN THE ATTACK AND ABOUT 150 U.S. AND VIETNAMESE SERVICEMEN WOUNDED. TWO VIETNAMESE AIR FORCE C47 AIRCRAFT AND AN OIL STORAGE TANK WERE DESTROYED.

    THE MORTAR SHELLS HIT ONE OF THE SIX OIL STORAGE TANKS NEAR THE BASE'S CIVILIAN AIR TERMINAL. IT ERUPTED IN A BALL OF FIRE, BUT FIREMEN MANAGED TO PREVENT THE BLAZE FROM SPREADING TO THE OTHER NEARBY TANKS.

    THE SPOKESMAN SAID SHRAPNEL RIPPED INTO 23 AMERICAN HELICOPTERS, AN F-100 JET FIGHTER AND A RB-57 RECONNAISSANCE JET. A U.S. AIR FORCE C-121 SUPER CONSTELLATION USED AS AN AIRBORNE TRANSMITTER FOR SOUTH VIETNAM'S TELEVISION SERVICE WAS BADLY DAMAGED. GENERAL WESTMORELAND VISITED THE BASE AFTER THE ATTACK.

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    Film ID:
    VLVAC7SILC2L8HW6SLDQ1B5K7BE4F
    Media URN:
    VLVAC7SILC2L8HW6SLDQ1B5K7BE4F
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    15/04/1966
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:20:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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