Maj. John Stuart had a big decision to make after turning his B-52D for an attack run over Hanoi. The bomber had taken some hits from enemy fighters. Surface-to-air missiles now were streaking toward it.
The choice: Break off the bombing run and evade, or stay on course. Stuart stayed on course.
“As we approached the target, which was downtown Hanoi, a railroad marshaling yard, there were multiple SAMs coming up in all areas,” said Paul Granger, 67, of Coronado, California, who was Stuart’s co-pilot that day.