Britain provided covert assistance to western forces in the Vietnam War by flying secret missions over Laos, the daughter of a former Royal Air Force navigator has claimed.Flight Lieutenant Donald Roberts, who was based in Asia with the RAF at the time, confided in his family decades later that he had taken part in flying Handley Page Hastings transport aircraft over Laos in the second half of 1962.The alleged secret flights were designed to help close off the Ho Chi Minh Trail, a key logistics route that was used to resupply the Viet Cong and North Vietnamese army fighting in the South. The RAF helped to transport New Zealand SAS personnel and other cargo to the remote and mountainous area, Roberts told his daughter, Priscilla Roberts, a professor at City University of Macau, years after the event.
Air America CIA Airline VietnamDuring the Vietnam War, Air America, a CIA proprietary airline, flew a variety of missions in the Far East. These missions ranged from undercover CIA operations to overt air transportation. The Republic of Vietnam and various US Government agencies contracted with Air America. From the CIA archivesLima 85 was a US radar facility that provided critical and otherwise unavailable all-weather guidance to F-105 fighter-bombers flying strike missions against Communist supply depots, airfields, and railroad yards in North Vietnam.Recognizing the threat posed by this facility, the People’s Army of Vietnam Air Force made an unprecedented effort to destroy the radar equipment. On Jan. 12, 1968, four AN-2 Colt biplanes—painted dark green and modified to drop “bombs” improvised from 122-mm mortars and 57-mm rockets—took off from a North Vietnamese airfield to attack Lima 85.At about 1:30 p.m., the Colts approached their target and split into two formations. While two of the aircraft circled in the area, the other two turned toward the mountain and conducted separate single bombing and strafing passes.Air America pilot Ted Moore, in his unarmed UH-1D “Huey” helicopter, saw the biplanes attacking. Moore and his flight mechanic Glenn Woods took chase of the first Colt. Woods pulled out his AK-47 rifle and began firing at the lumbering biplane. The pursuit continued for more than 20 minutes until the second AN-2 flew underneath the helicopter and both airplanes attempted to gain altitude.Moore and Woods watched as the first AN-2, apparently hit by gunfire, dropped and then crashed into a mountain ridge less than two miles west of the North Vietnamese border. Minutes later, the second Colt hit the side of a mountain located some three miles farther north of the first crash. The two AN-2 Colts circling to the southeast of Lima 85 did not take part in the attack and retreated back to North Vietnam.The painting captures one North Vietnamese Colt fleeing and the other being pursued by the Air America Huey piloted by Moore, as mechanic Woods fires his AK-47 at the cockpit. This daring action by Moore and Woods gained them—and Air America—the distinction of having shot down an enemy fixed-wing aircraft from a helicopter, a singular aerial victory in the entire history of the Vietnam War.On March 11, 1968, in a night raid, North Vietnamese commandos overran Lima 85 in the deadliest single ground loss of US Air Force personnel during the Vietnam War. A year later, Woods was killed in action.
A singular aerial victory in the Vietnam War serves as a lasting and inspiring reminder of the heroism and courage of Air America employees. The moment is captured in a painting by Keith Woodcock entitled “Lima 85,” which now hangs at CIA Headquarters.
Why the M113 APC will be around for a long time(Dung Tran)To put it bluntly, the M113 armored personnel carrier looks like a big box on tracks. It's equipped with a primary weapon that's over 75 years old that isn't particularly effective against its modern contemporaries. And yet it's served with the United States Army for nearly sixty years and, even when it's retired, it'll stick around for a long time.When it entered operational service in 1960, it was intended to haul 11 troops into battle. It had a crew of two: A driver and a vehicle commander who handled the vehicle's primary weapon, the M2 "Ma Deuce" heavy machine gun.
Drop Tanks Jettisoned During Vietnam War Repurposed Into CanoesAfter the Vietnam war, Vietnamese farmers recycled thousands of external fuel tanks from U.S. aircraft to create makeshift river boats and canoes.
Did you know that between April 1965 and March 1973 the USAF flew 1.99 million fixed-wing combat sorties over Vietnam? Here’s a breakdown of the aircraft losses suffered by the service and their suspected causes.
On this day: 55 years ago, the destroyer USS Maddox, supported by four F-8 Crusaders, engaged North Vietnamese torpedo boats in the Gulf of Tonkin (August 2, 1964). This incident coupled with another which took place two days later (often dubbed the "Tonkin Ghost incident") lead to the American intervention in Vietnam.
Did you know that the Soviet SA-7 Grail, infrared-homing missile, was used extensively during the final stages of the Vietnam War? The MANPADS downed its first aircraft (an O-2A Skymaster) in May 1972, and by April 1975 was credited with 40–50 kills (mostly against South Vietnamese helicopters).
O Boeing B-52 Stratofortress é um bombardeiro estratégico a jato de longo alcance, subsônico, tendo sido projetado e construído pela Boeing Company, que continua a fornecer suporte e atualizações até os dias de hoje. Operado pela Força Aérea dos Estados Unidos (USAF) desde a década de 1950, o pesado bombardeiro é capaz de transportar até 32 toneladas de bombas, mísseis, minas, entre várias configurações de sistemas de armas, tendo um alcance de combate típico de mais de quase 15 mil quilômetros sem reabastecimento em voo (REVO).Veterano de várias guerras, o B-52 lançou apenas munições convencionais em combate, apesar de sempre ter sido capaz de lançar armas nucleares. Um dos primeiros e mais importantes conflitos no qual ele participou foi o brutal envolvimento norte-americano na Guerra do Vietnã, entre 1964 e 1973, onde a aeronave participou de forma intensa e decisiva em alguns momentos da guerra, lançando milhares de toneladas de bombas em mais de 126 mil surtidas, tanto em proveito da “Operação Arc Light” quanto em outras missões.
Pfc.Nguyen Van Luong was riding in the back of an APC when enemy 60mm mortar round struck the hatch of the carrier, going through his helmet and lodging the live round into his shoulder, knocking him unconscious.Capt. Harry Dinsmore was at the chow hall in Danang when he was called up for an emergency surgery.When he saw the xrays, he thought it was a joke but soon realized it wasn't. He immediately called an explosive handler to help him, they surrounded the operating table with sandbags and he went to work.The shell was removed within 30 minuted and it was dismantled outside.Luong recovered within a few weeks and only suffered muscle damage.
Vietnam War: US, Australian and New Zealand forces launch Operation Hump, a search-and-destroy operation near Bien Hoa in South VietnamAttached to US forces, 1 RAR was primarily employed in search and destroy operations using the newly developed doctrine of airmobile operations, utilising helicopters to insert light infantry and artillery into an area of operations, and to support them with aerial mobility, fire support, casualty evacuation, and resupply. The battalion commenced operations in late June 1965 and initially focussed on defeating the Viet Cong's wet season offensive. During this time US 173rd Brigade, including 1 RAR, conducted a number of operations into War Zone D—a major communist base area at the junction of Phuoc Long, Long Khanh, Bien Hoa and Binh Duong provinces—as well as in the Iron Triangle in November.
An unexploded 406mm Mk. 13 High Capacity shell fired from a 16"/50 cal Mark 7 gun of the Iowa-class USS New Jersey (BB-62) discovered in Quang Tri Province (Vietnam) in 2015.