• Short Summary

    AN INTENSIFICATION OF U.S. BOMBING RAIDS ON NORTH VIETNAM WHICH BEGAN LAST WEEKEND, INCLUDED ATTACKS?

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    FIGHTER PLANE TAXIES; MAJOR MOSER OUT OF PLANE; MOSER SPEAKS (SOF).



    TRANSCRIPT: U.S. PILOT: "OBSERVED ON THE TARGET WE SAW SEVERAL SECONDARIES, SMOKE GOING UP ABOVE 7,000 FT WHEN WE DEPARTED THE AREA, HEAVY FLAK IN ALL AREAS....



    INTERVIEWER: "SAMS?"



    PILOT: "SAMS...ON THE ROLL-IN AND THE PULL-OFF, WE SAW SAMS..ALSO HAD MIG'S...ON THE PULL-OFF, ON THE TARGET PULL-OFF, MY NUMBER THREE MAN GOT IN BEHIND THEM AND FIRED ON THE MIG'S THAT WERE CHASING ME, BUT DIDN'T HIT HIM. HE BROKE OFF AND LEFT THE FORMATION."



    INTERVIEWER: "WAS THERE ANY FLAK COMING UP FROM THE POPULATED AREAS?"



    PILOT: "I DIDN'T SEE ANY MYSELF, BUT THAT'S NORMALLY THE FLAK SPECIAL...OUR'S IS TO KEEP AN EYE ON THE TARGET, SO WE DON'T MISS THE TARGET."



    INTERVIEWER: "WERE THE MARSHALLING YARDS IN A POPULATED AREA, OR NEAR A POPULATED AREA?"



    PILOT: "NO, SIR. THEY'RE ACROSS THE RIVER...OUT OF HANOI."



    INTERVIEWER: "YOU DIDN'T SEE ANY HOUSES WHEN YOU WENT INTO YOUR DIVE?"



    PILOT: "THERE'S SOME SMALL VILLAGES ACROSS THE RIVER, BUT THERE WEREN'T ANY HOUSES IN THE IMMEDIATE AREA, AND OUR BOMBS WERE INSIDE THE RAILROAD AREA.




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    Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved

    Background: AN INTENSIFICATION OF U.S. BOMBING RAIDS ON NORTH VIETNAM WHICH BEGAN LAST WEEKEND, INCLUDED ATTACKS ON MARSHALLING YARDS ONLY THREE MILES (5 KMS) FROM THE CENTRE OF HANOI. BUT DESPITE CLAIMS FROM NORTH VIETNAMESE SOURCES THAT U.S. PLANES HAD BOMBED RESIDENTIAL AREAS OF THE CAPITAL, U.S. PILOTS DENIED THAT THE YARDS WERE NEAR HOUSES.

    THE MARSHALLING YARD RAID WAS MADE ON TUESDAY, WHEN U.S. PILOTS REPORT THE MOST INTENSE DEFENSIVE FIRE THEY HAD YET ENCOUNTERED.

    U.S. MILITARY SPOKESMEN REPORTED THAT THE RAIDS THAT DAY HAD COST THREE U.S. AIRCRAFT ALTHOUGH NORTH VIETNAM CLAIMED TO HAVE SHOT DOWN 55 U.S. AIRCRAFT.

    ONE RETURNING PILOT, MAJOR DICK MOSER, OF MARION, OHIO, WAS INTERVIEWED ABOUT THE RAID....

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    Film ID:
    VLVA2PH83IKTC8RQMK2F693P2EC9X
    Media URN:
    VLVA2PH83IKTC8RQMK2F693P2EC9X
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    27/04/1967
    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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