All told, the U.S. Air Force flew 5.25 million sorties over South Vietnam, North Vietnam, northern and southern Laos, and Cambodia, losing 2,251 aircraft: 1,737 to hostile action, and 514 in accidents.
Why did the U.S. lose so many aircraft in Vietnam?
By mid-1965, several manned aircraft were lost due to ground fire, lack of fuel, mishaps, and other causes, and many aircrews were already prisoners of war. The increasing pace of flights provided a target-rich environment for North Vietnam.
How many F 105s shot down in Vietnam?
The F-105 was one of the primary attack aircraft of the Vietnam War; over 20,000 Thunderchief sorties were flown, with 382 aircraft lost including 62 operational (non-combat) losses (out of the 833 produced).
Republic F-105 Thunderchief.
How many Viet Cong died?
Total number of deaths
|Low estimate of deaths||Middle estimate of deaths|
|North Vietnam/Viet Cong military and civilian war dead||533,000||1,062,000|
|South Vietnam/U.S./South Korea war military and civilian war dead||429,000||741,000|
|Democide by North Vietnam/Viet Cong||131,000||214,000|
|Democide by South Vietnam||57,000||89,000|
Has a B-52 ever been shot down?
The United States loses its first B-52 of the war. The eight-engine bomber was brought down by a North Vietnamese surface-to-air missile near Vinh on the day when B-52s flew their heaviest raids of the war over North Vietnam. The Communistss claimed 19 B-52s shot down to date.
Does the B-52 have guns?
The fact that B-52s once featured guns as a defensive armament is evidence of how long they have been in service. … 50-caliber machine guns, and H models employed a single M61 20 mm rotary cannon. The gunners who manned these weapons were enlisted personnel. They were the only enlisted airmen in a B-52 crew.