ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 48378
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Narrative:The LINEBACKER II operations which began on the night of 18/19 December 1972 were intended as a three-day operation using B-52D and B-52G heavy bombers against targets in North Vietnam.
|Date:||Wednesday 20 December 1972|
Boeing B-52G-85-BW Stratofortress
|Owner/operator:||456th BW /72nd SW(P) USAF|
|Fatalities:||Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 6|
|Aircraft damage:|| Written off (damaged beyond repair)|
|Location:||near Yen Vien, Vinh Phu Province (North Vietnam) -
|Departure airport:||Andersen AFB, Guam (PGUA)|
|Confidence Rating:|| Information is only available from news, social media or unofficial sources|
Three of the B-52s were brought down on the first night of operations; none on the second (19/20 Dec). On the third night, 20/21 Dec, 99 B-52s operating from bases in Guam and Thailand struck targets in the Haiphong/Hanoi areas.
One of these targets was the Yen Vien railroad yard just north of Hanoi. As a "cell" of B-52Gs began their run-in to weapons release they were taken under SA-2 missile fire. At this point the aircraft could not maneuver without disrupting their bombing solutions, so QUILT cell remained on course. Immediately after weapons release, QUILT 3 (B-52G tail number 57-6496) started a hard left bank but was struck by at least one SA-2. Captain Paul and SSgt Madden were badly injured and the bomber fatally damaged. The aircraft commander, Captain Geloneck, directed the crew to abandon their aircraft. Four of the six crewmen were captured and released in Feb/Mar 1973; the other two did not survive.
Of the six crew, two ere killed, four were taken PoW:
Pilot/Commander:Capt Terry Mercer Geloneck USAF PoW.
Co-pilot:1st/Lt William Youl Arcuri USAF PoW.
Nav: 1st/Lt Michael Robert Martini USAF PoW.
Rad/Nav: Capt Warren R Spencer USAF killed, remains returned 9/77).
EWO: Capt Craig Alan Paul USAF killed, remains returned 9/77).
AG:S/Sgt Roy Madden USAF PoW.
LINEBACKER II was extended to a total of eleven days of B-52 operations over North Vietnam, becoming known generically as the "Christmas bombings".
http://www.virtualwall.org/dp/PaulCA01a.htm http://www.airliners.net/aviation-forums/military/read.main/18199/ http://web.archive.org/web/20171101061754/http://www.ejection-history.org.uk:80/aircraft_by_type/b52_stratofortress.htm http://www.joebaugher.com/usaf_serials/1957.html http://www.nampows.org/B-52.html
||Updated [Operator, Location, Departure airport, Source, Narrative]|
||Dr. John Smith
||Updated [Location, Departure airport, Source, Narrative]|
||Updated [Cn, Location]|
||Updated [Operator, Operator]|
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