United States airmen shot down while on bombing missions over North Vietnam made statements in Hanoi describing their treatment, the circumstances of their capture, and sending messages home.
SV Captain Drummond walks to foreground & speaks into microphones
Captain Drummond speaking
Captain Drummond turns around and leaves. Lieutenant-Colonel Bernastroni enter??? & approaches microphones
Lieutenant-Colonel Bernastroni speaking
"My name is Captain David Ian Drummond. I was born on ten June 1947 in Preston, England. I was shot down on the morning of 22 December, 1972 while flying a B-52 mission. I was captured by militiamen who treated me, ah, treated me properly. I am uninjured and I would like to send my love to my wife and wish her a Merry Christmas and to keep up hope for peace."
"I am Lieutenant-Colonel Lewis H. Bernastroni, serial number 572403338. I was born on 21 May, 1931 in California. I was flying a B-52 near Hanoi when we were hit by a SAM (missile). I would like to say that I've been treated real well by all the people here in North Viet... North Vietnam."
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Background: United States airmen shot down while on bombing missions over North Vietnam made statements in Hanoi describing their treatment, the circumstances of their capture, and sending messages home. The official film of the statements was released by North Vietnamese authorities.
The statements in Hanoi were made before United States' President Nixon announced he was calling off the massive raids on North Vietnam, the most intensive and damaging of the war.
The stopping of the most recent wave of bombings was announced on Saturday, December 30. The blitz flattened large areas of Hanoi and, according to North Vietnamese accounts, killed thousands of people. It cost the United States its heaviest ai??? losses of the war. The United States admit 25 aircraft lost; Hanoi claims 76. Many countries throughout the world denounced the latest American bombing offensive.
The airmen who made statements on the Hanoi film included English-born Captain David Ian Drummond and Lieutenant-Colonel Lewis H. Bernastroni (final name indistinct). Here follows a transcript of their statements:
SYNOPSIS: United States airmen, shot down on bombing missions over North Vietnam, recently made statements in Hanoi. One of the airmen revealed he was born in England.
Since the airmen made their statements, the latest wave of bombings of North Vietnam were stopped by President Nixon. This official film was released recently by Hanoi. Another of the United States prisoners-of-war who made statements was a Lieutenant-Colonel.