Four American airmen were produced for newsmen at a news conference in Hanoi on Dec 20th.
MV & CU Ngo Dieng talks to newsmen
MV & GV Newsmen taking notes (3 shots)
MV & CU Ngo Dieng points to map
MV & CU American prisoner Kenneth Wells stands and is shown to newsmen (4 shots)
MV & CU Leland Hildebrand shown to newsmen (4 shots)
MV & CU Samuel Vaughan with eyes closed shown to newsmen(3 shots)
MV & CU Kenneth Johnson shown to newsmen and surrounded by them (5 shots)
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Background: Four American airmen were produced for newsmen at a news conference in Hanoi on Dec 20th.
The newsmen were told that the four were the pilots of United States Phantom jets shot down over North Vietnam a few days earlier.
The official commentary supplied with the film names the four as First Lieutenant Kenneth Wells, Major Leland Hildebrand, First Lieutenant Samuel Vaughan and Major Kenneth Johnson.
Foreign observers at the news conference note that Phantoms normally carry a two-man crew, but the North Vietnamese released no other names.
The United States admits losing four Phantoms over Indo-China on the day mentioned by North Vietnam, but claims the aircraft were lost over Northern Laos.
SYNOPSIS: At a news conference in North Vietnam -- angry words from the Chief of the Press Bureau at the North Vietnamese Foreign Ministry, Ngo Dieng. Using a map as illustration, Ngo Dieng denounced the United States for what he described as their "utterly grave war acts against North Vietnam." He accused President Nixon of doing nothing that would persuade his country to release prisoners of war.
Then -- the first of four pilots was produced. He was named as First Lieutenant Kenneth Wells -- and the North Vietnamese described him as the pilot of one of four United States Phantom jets shot down over North Vietnam in previous days.
Major Leland Hildebrand was said to be another of the pilots. According to the North Vietnamese, he's 33, and was shot down over Hoa Binh province. The United States admits losing four planes -- but over Laos, not North Vietnam.
The third Phantom pilot -- Samuel Vaughan. Newsmen noticed that he walked with a limp -- but they were not allowed to ask questions. When he closed his eyes, Vaughan was ordered to open them again by a North Vietnamese guard.
The pilot of the fourth plane was named as Major Kenneth Johnson. Newsmen note that Phantom jets usually carry a two-man crew: but there was no mention of any other names.