Remarkable Vietnam War Images: Plane blown out of the sky by “Friendly” artillery fire.
When I first saw this remarkable UPI photograph of a plane going down in Vietnam, I thought it was faked, but it isn’t.
It shows the moment shortly after a US cargo plane was blown out of the sky by a US artillery shell, fired by a 155mm Howitzer, as the plane approached a Special Forces camp near Duc Poh, South Vietnam, in 1967.
Three members of the crew, including Captain John Dudley Wiley, died in the incident, which led to a tightening-up of co-ordination between the air force and the army for flights in artillery zones.
For a modern-day take on the Vietnam War and Adventure Backpacking into the jungles of Laos, Vietnam and Cambodia, see: http://peteralanlloyd.com/back-part-2/backpackers-meet-the-vietnam-war-back-screenplay-finally-finished/
For POWs left behind in Laos, see also:
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