By Bernard C Nalty
Offers with the position of the USA Air strength in advising the South Vietnamese Air strength and waging battle in South Vietnam, Cambodia, and Laos from 1968 via 1975.
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The early reports proved so vague that South Vietnamese authorities and American commanders hesitated to approve air strikes on the town. The defenders had to wait some three hours before their request for air support produced a handful of Army helicopter gunships. These aircraft used their multi-barrel machineguns to strafe the Viet Cong who had closed the airstrip and laid siege to the American and South Vietnamese headquarters in the heart of town. For much of the day, one Army and two Air Force observation planes circled overhead, directing both armed helicopters and the fighter-bombers that joined them in attacking targets in and around the provincial capital.
The enemy, moreover, had other means of learning from thirty minutes to several hours ahead of time that a B–52 strike was imminent. Soviet trawlers off Guam, for instance, reported the takeoff times and numbers of bombers. North Vietnamese or Viet Cong communications analysts might pick up radar jamming signals, indicating that the cells and their escort would pass near radar-controlled guns or missiles. Intercepted radio traffic, using infrequently changed call signs, might reveal the approach of the bombers and 29 Air War over South Vietnam, 1968–1975 their location at the moment, while the presence of any radar suppression escort was an additional clue to the general course the B–52s were following.
34 The Enemy Repulsed The Tet offensive lasted until the end of February, when South Vietnamese and American troops at last regained control of Hue, its Citadel, and its suburbs. S. Air Force officers and men killed or wounded during that month, contrasted with the totals for earlier periods. Casualties within South Vietnam for February 1968 were 260, 39 of them killed, compared to 120 killed and wounded during the preceding month and 130 in February 1967. S. Air Force planes, more than twenty of them destroyed on the ground, compared to a monthly average of seven losses during 1967.
Air War Over South Vietnam, 1968-1975 by Bernard C Nalty