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Air War Over South Vietnam, 1968-1975 by Bernard C Nalty

By Bernard C Nalty

Offers with the position of the us Air strength in advising the South Vietnamese Air strength and waging conflict in South Vietnam, Cambodia, and Laos from 1968 via 1975.

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As a result, these planes supported the counteroffensive on the ground by flying some 200 sorties during February against troop concentrations, base areas, and supply routes a safe distance from South Vietnamese towns and villages. Khe Sanh remained the focus of B–52 activity in South Vietnam during the month. More than 1,000 of the 1,500 sorties flown against targets in the South hit the enemy forces massed in the vicinity of that base. 15 A key individual in selecting B–52 targets at this time was Marine Lt.

Communications intelligence ship Pueblo on January 23. 16 Although under the “command control” of the Strategic Air Command, which could reconvert them in a matter of hours to carry hydrogen bombs in the event of nuclear war, the B–52s stationed in the Far East served as Westmoreland’s flying artillery, battering area targets too large for tactical fighters and usually beyond reach of the heaviest guns. After Chaisson’s combat operations center had completed a slate of recommended targets for the B–52s, it submitted them for Westmoreland’s approval.

18 Chapter Two The Enemy Repulsed Once the American and South Vietnamese forces had beaten back the sudden attacks on the air bases, General Westmoreland sought to defeat the enemy country-wide, systematically using air power to support counterattacks designed to regain total control of Saigon, Hue, and the other cities. To help him achieve his objective, the Seventh Air Force devoted roughly 70 percent of its sorties during February to those activities later categorized as close combat and logistics support of ground forces.

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