B-52 Stratofortress flying

On December 21, 1972, the wing suffered its second loss of a B-52 and its only loss of a B-52 in combat. During a nighttime raid on Hanoi, a Fairchild B-52 was hit by enemy fire and exploded in flames. Eye-witnesses reported not seeing any parachutes, however, a short time later, the North Vietnames released a Prisoner-of-War list which included the names of two aircrew members. The rest of the crew were listed as missing. Although the Paris Accords cease-fire was signed in January 1973, combat operations and tanker support continued through August of that year flying Arc Light missions into Cambodia. The wing's nine-year involvement in Vietnam ended when the wing's bombers returned home on October 1973.

PHOTO BY: Airman 1st Class Jesenia Landaverde
VIRIN: 171117-F-PH996-101.JPG
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