North Viet Nam: The New Targets

As the air war entered a new and hotter phase, the skies above North Viet Nam were thick with U.S. planes — and with Communist flak. U.S. pilots flew an average of 243 sorties a day, hitting several targets that they had never be fore been permitted to bomb, but care fully avoiding throwing any knockout punches. As the monsoon rains cleared, U.S. jets blasted MIG airfields for the first time and hit new targets in the port city of Haiphong and around Hanoi. For the time being, they left un touched the...

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