The War: Racing the Monsoon

With only a month of good weather left before the monsoons close in, U.S. flyers hammered at North Viet Nam with new urgency last week. They took off on a total of 1,102 bombing missions. And as the numbers mounted, so did the roster of lost planes. Fifteen were shot down, two over Red China. The total number of U.S. aircraft destroyed during the war rose to 662.

The week's air activity cost North Viet Nam far more. Bombing relentlessly as close as 18 miles from the Chinese border, the U.S. jets smashed...

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