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The Arc Light Memorial at Andersen Air Force Base, Guam, is dedicated to the 75 men who lost their lives flying B-52 missions against Communist forces in Vietnam between 18 June 1965 and 15 August 1973. Called Arc Light missions, these almost daily sorties required crews on temporary duty from their home bases in the United States to fly B-52’s each carrying up to 60,000 pounds of bombs. Operating from Andersen, U-Tapao Airfield, Thailand, and Kadena Air Base, Okinawa, they performed conventional bombing, direct air support, and interdiction missions.

The Arc Light Memorial was originally conceived in late 1973 by Lt Gen George H. McKee, Eighth Air Force commander at the time and headquartered at Andersen AFB, as a memorial to Maj Gen William J. Crumm, an earlier Eighth Air Force commander, who was killed on 7 July 1967, flying an Arc Light mission.

General McKee, with concurrence from General John C. Meyer, Commander-in-Chief, Strategic Air Command, later expanded the concept of the memorial to include all crew members who had lost their lives flying Arc Light missions.

16 posted on 03/21/2013 11:18:15 AM PDT by KeyLargo
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To: KeyLargo
Audio of pilot-to-crew and pilot-to-pilot conversations during an Arc Light raid.

It's gripping. Unforgettable. You have to listen to the whole thing though.

Part I
Part II
Part III
Part IV
Part V

They come under fire from SAM batteries, and some aircraft are lost.

29 posted on 03/21/2013 11:52:11 AM PDT by Steely Tom (If the Constitution can be a living document, I guess a corporation can be a person.)
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