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    Since November 1, 1968, U.S. air strikes on enemy targets have been restricted to South?

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    F-100 dropping bombs on enemy area 48 miles from Da Nang
    14 ft

    F-4 hitting storage area near Saigon
    26 ft

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    Background: Since November 1, 1968, U.S. air strikes on enemy targets have been restricted to South Vietnam.

    On November 7, an Air Force F-100 "Super Sabre" jet dropped 500 pound high drag bombs on an enemy-held position 48 miles south-southeast of Da Nang. This strike mission, in support of Operation "Burlington Trail", resulted in three fires and caused the burning of four enemy structures. "Burlington Trail" was a multi-battalion sweep operation conducted by the 198th Light Infantry Brigade of the American Division from April 8 through November 11, 1968. The operation was supported by 1620 tactical air sorties during its seven months' action.

    An F-4 "Phantom" fighter-bomber struck an enemy storage area 47 miles west of Saigon on November 9. The 750 pound bombs destroyed two bunkers and set off one fire. The release and impact of the bombs was recorded on the plane's aft blister camera.

    In support of another ground operation, other F-4s strafed enemy military positions with 20mm cannon fire. The strike was called for by units of the Republic of Korea 2nd Marine Brigade based at Hoi An. The enemy positions were located 17 miles south-southeast of Da Nang. The plane's forward blister camera filmed the bombs' impact.

    The final film sequence shows more "Phantoms" strafing other Viet Cong positions with their 20mm guns. This strike mission took place 20 miles south-southeast of Da Nang and resulted in three positions destroyed and two damaged. Forward blister cameras on the jets recorded the strafing runs.

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