CAMBODIA: Desperate Days for Besieged Phnom-Penh

"I saw one stick of bombs through the town, but it was no great disaster."

—Colonel David H.E. Opfer U.S. air attaché in Cambodia

That was the official American account of the damage inflicted after a B-52 Stratofortress last week mistakenly emptied its 20-ton load on Neak Luong, 38 miles southeast of Phnom-Penh. But when reporters later visited Neak Luong, a sleepy town of 5,000, they wondered whether they and Colonel Opfer were talking about the same place. Instead of "minimal" damage, as Opfer had described it, they found horrifying devastation—enough to make...

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