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Vietnam / Air War #18989

ABC Evening News for Friday, Dec 22, 1972
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(Studio) In the 5th day of renewed bombing of Hanoi and Haiphong, Hanoi claims to have shot down 34 United States planes, 15 of them B-52's. Other statistics on damages to North Vietnam given. United States says it has lost 12 planes, 8 of them B-52's, and has 43 airmen missing. Hanoi claims United States planes hit prisoners of war camp in populated area of Hanoi.
REPORTER: Howard K. Smith

(DC) [Pentagon spokesperson Jerry FRIEDHEIM - refuses to comment on bombing.] Pentagon denies having hit prisoners of war camp.
REPORTER: David Schoumacher

(Studio) 1 organization prisoners of war families accuses Nixon of sacrificing prisoners of war lives by bombing. Nixon says he's exploring all avenues, military and diplomatic, concerning war.
REPORTER: Howard K. Smith

(Miami, Florida) Reports say bombing will intensify until cease-fire or destruction of North Vietnam capacity to launch ground offensive. United States position on cease-fire calls for eventual reunification of Vietnam. In North Vietnam, 1 faction wants peace, the other wants to hold out for better terms. Talks may resume within 6 weeks

Gill, Bill;
Schoumacher, David;
Smith, Howard K.

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