August 11, 1967 : U.S. pilots cleared to bomb Hanoi-Haiphong area

Introduction

For the first time, U.S. pilots are authorized to bomb road and rail links in the Hanoi-Haiphong area, formerly on the prohibited target list. This permitted U.S. aircraft to bomb targets within 25 miles of the Chinese border and to engage other targets with rockets and cannon within 10 miles of the border. The original restrictions had been imposed because of Johnson’s fear of a confrontation with China and a possible expansion of the war.

Article Details:

August 11, 1967 : U.S. pilots cleared to bomb Hanoi-Haiphong area

  • Author

    History.com Staff

  • Website Name

    History.com

  • Year Published

    2009

  • Title

    August 11, 1967 : U.S. pilots cleared to bomb Hanoi-Haiphong area

  • URL

    http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/u-s-pilots-cleared-to-bomb-hanoi-haiphong-area

  • Access Date

    November 18, 2017

  • Publisher

    A+E Networks