SOS/432nd TRW, AC-47D
long range 130mm artillery pieces introduced on the battle field in Laos enabled the Pathet Lao and North Vietnamese to neutralize
to some extent the Royal Lao Army's advantage of air superiority.
Vietnamese fire on U.S. reconnaissance aircraft and Pres. Johnson authorized protective action strikes against North Vietnam's
anti-aircraft guns, SAM sites and airfields.
Thunderchief, 63-8281, of the 355TFW, was damaged by anti-aircraft fire over Laos and crashed southwest of Udorn.
Nixon acknowledges U.S. military involvement in Laos for the first time.
administration discloses the deaths of 27 Americans in Laos.
Thunderchief, 62-4230, of the 355TFW, was damaged by anti-aircraft fire over Laos and crashed into trees nine miles south
10 Apr 1970
RF-4C Phantom, 65-0863, 432TFW, damaged by anti-aircraft
fire in Laos, ejected on approach, nine killed on the ground.
Gen. James F. Kirkendall replaces Maj. Gen. Robert L. Petit as commander of the 7/13AF at Udorn.
500 USAF and USN aircraft hit missile and AAA sites and NVA logistic facilities north of the DMZ.
America was equipped with 24 twin-engine transports, 24 short take off and landing aircraft (STOL), and 30 helicopters. During
1970 A/AM airdropped or landed 46 million pounds of food in Laos and flight time reached more than 4,000 hours a month. A/AM
also transported thousands of troops and refugees, flew emergency medivac, rescued downed airmen inserted and extracted roacd-watch
teams, monitored sensors aong infiltration routes, conducted reconnaissance and engaged in numerous clandestine missions.
David S. Mellish replaces Col. Darrell S. Cramer as commander of 432d TRW at Udorn.
Gen. Andrew J. Evans, Jr. replaces Maj. Gen. James F. Kirkendall as Commander of the 7/13AF at Udorn.
Communist movements in the Laotian panhandle accelerated in late 1970.
Near the DMZ at Tchepone there was plenty of evidence of stockpiling and the enemy appeared to be preparing for a major ground
offensive in the two northnmost provinces of Quang Tri and Thau Thien.
TRS departs for Shaw AFB, South Carolina.
joint operation by USAF and Army commandos attempted to rescue American prisoners of war believed to be a Son Tay prison compound
approx 20 miles northwest of Hanoi. Planned by USAF Brig. Gen. Leroy J. Manor and Army Col. Arthur D. Simons, the volunteer
force flew 400 miles from bases in Thailand in HH-53 helicopters, with A-1E and special equipped C-130s providing support.
The prison housed no prisoners at the time. While on the ground for 28 minutes, commandos killed 25 NV defenders. One helicopter
was destroyed and one man sustained a broken ankle.
An RF-4 aircraft was lost and USN and USAF launched 50 aircraft as a major retalitory strike near the passes at
Mu Gia, Ban Karai and the DMZ. The targets were SAM sites, enemy trucks, supply and transportation facilities. All aircraft
Lloyd R. Leavitt, Jr. replaces Col. David S. Mellish as commander of 432d TRW at Udorn.
Tail number 0601 of the 432nd TRW, 14th TRS Udorn, was shot down by AAA over Laos and both crew members recovered. Udorn Research
Group member, Don A Bailey packed the chutes and was part focus of an article written in Easy Flyer. If anyone has this ariticle
we are interested in recovering a copy.