The view: Looking into North Vietnam in the fall of 1972
The pilot: Dale Hill
The airplane: North American Rockwell OV-10 Bronco
The mission: Flying from northeast Thailand to the Plaine de Jarres (the PDJ) in northern Laos skirted the border of North Vietnam
The memory: Looking east across the Annamite Range that lies between North Vietnam (NVN) and northern Laos with the monsoon weather over NVN. On this particular mission, I stayed in Laos. A few weeks later, I flew down the “Fish’s Mouth” (at one point, the border between NVN and Laos looks like the mouth of a fish jumping out of the water, east to west, to catch a lure). That later mission was memorable as it was my only one into NVN when I was sent to search for an A-7 pilot who went missing in that area. Unfortunately, I didn’t locate him and he was later declared MIA.
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