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Sam Lassiter said:   December 19, 2016 9:41 am PST
I was stationed at Udorn during Linebacker II working the flight line in the 13th TFS. Bob (BC) Connelly (13th F-4 pilot) who flew twice on the 1st night, Dec 18, is a friend living 100 miles up the road from me here in SC. I have a "Secret Noforn" map showing the SAM rings around Hanoi the first night of Linebacker II, used by an F-4D WSO. It was very busy working the line those 11 days and I'll never ever forget it. I have a chapter devoted to Linebacker II in my book and autobiography, "F-4 Phantom Crew Chief - Sam Lassiter's Vietnam Saga". Thank God for these brave men!

Leon Kraut said:   December 19, 2016 9:00 am PST
I flew on the 19th of December, 26 of December and the 28th of December out of Guam on Gs. the 26th was the worst. the Target was the Haiphong Thermal power plant. We had 12 sams come up at us as we struck the target. We were lucky to get out of there. my input after that mission was that TAC knew mor about Sams and how they were deployed and we should be listening to them. We were in the middle of the wave, and that was not the place to be.

Richard (Toby) Pugh said:   December 15, 2016 11:03 pm PST
I was EW with BAR-E15. We took off night 1 in the Charcoal 1 spot. As two planes crapped out before we got to target area we moved up two spots. As with Charcoal 1 and others, we had SAMs tracking directly on us. Immediately after release we made our PTT (post target turn) and Pilot saw 3 SAMs out of the CP window tracking directly on us (to our right). He made a sharp 60 degree bank turn to left, then 70 degree bank back to right, dropping altitude as a result. I noted two downlinks, but not the third. Lots of buffeting and noise, naturally. Not until years later did we learn that we returned to Anderson with 30 - 50 holes in the upper canopy, not noticeable during post flight walk around. Close call. Great crew coordination.

j woodward said:   December 12, 2016 2:22 pm PST
As a man on the ground in Vietnam, we prayed for those who flew over us and were thankful we weren't on the receiving end of their ordinance.

Gary VanVliet said:   December 10, 2016 9:37 pm PST
A friend recently asked a question about Linebacker II and in search of the answer I found this site. Great to see history being captured on this important topic. I was with 307th AMS bomb-nav shop at UT from Sep '71 with DOS Sep '72. We set the table with Freedom Train and Linebacker early 1972. Appreciate all who participated in LBII and taking SAC to the next level and especially those that paid the ultimate price to help end that conflict and get the POW's out. Another anniversary is coming. Salute to all that participated.

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