August 27, 1972 : U.S. aircraft conduct heavy raids on Hanoi and Haiphong

Introduction

In the heaviest bombing in four years, U.S. aircraft flatten North Vietnamese barracks near Hanoi and Haiphong as part of ongoing Operation Linebacker I, part of President Nixon’s response to the NVA Easter Offensive. Planes also hit bridges on the northeast railroad line to China. In an associated action, four U.S. ships raided the Haiphong port area after dark, shelling to within two miles of the city limits. As the U.S. ships withdrew from the area, the cruiser USS Newport News sank one of two North Vietnamese patrol boats in pursuit, and destroyer USS Rowan set the other on fire.

Article Details:

August 27, 1972 : U.S. aircraft conduct heavy raids on Hanoi and Haiphong

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    History.com Staff

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    History.com

  • Year Published

    2009

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    August 27, 1972 : U.S. aircraft conduct heavy raids on Hanoi and Haiphong

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    http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/u-s-aircraft-conduct-heavy-raids-on-hanoi-and-haiphong

  • Access Date

    October 24, 2017

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    A+E Networks