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Vietnam / Air War #221295

CBS Evening News for Wednesday, Dec 27, 1972
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(Studio) B-52 and fighter-bomber downed today over North Vietnam. 4 dead, 2 wounded in B-52. Other pilot missing. Pentagon issues report on details of 1st week intense bombing. United States carries out 500 B-52 strikes, 1000 fighter-bomber raids. North Vietnam retaliates with heavy surface to air missile fire. United States reports loss 12 B-52's, 8 fighter-bombers, 75 men. North Vietnam reports 26 B-52's, 35 other jets, shot down and 100 airmen captured. Pentagon report lists 68 targets. Sweden reports bombs devastate like earthquake.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite

(Pentagon) Pentagon issues report partly in response to international charges US bombing civilian areas and hospitals. [Pentagon 5 pm. Jerry FRIEDHEIM - says United States bombing in suburbs. Can't estimate civilian casualties. Denies reports Hanoi's largest hospital struck.]
REPORTER: Bob Schieffer

Cronkite, Walter;
Schieffer, Bob

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