I was in basic training at Lackland when this incident went down. We had been there for about four weeks and still had no clue what was happening. Then all the officers and NCOs were running around like chickens with their heads cut off. They were convinced that we (minus the recruits) would all be shipping out for points unknown that very evening.
Thank you for your service. On 8 May 1960 I was a B-47 navigator in Strategic Air Command. My crew was on alert when we were told a U-2 had been lost. There was no action taken by SAC that I know of, such as putting more aircraft on alert. (During the Cuban missile crisis, SAC very quickly put ALL flyable aircraft on alert and dispersed small groups of B-47s to other airfields, including civilian airports, to compound the Soviet’s targeting problem. My crew and 5 other crews from Pease AFB, NH, flew our planes to Logan Airport in Boston and were on alert there for a couple of weeks.)