Vietnam POW Al Brunstrom

Col. Al Brunstrom of the U.S. Air Force, retired, 83, describes how he was shot down in Vietnam in the RF-101 (Voodoo) he was flying, on a scale model of the aircraft, at his home in the Woods and Lakes community near Ocklawaha, Fla. on Tuesday, August 5, 2014. Brunstrom was a POW from April 22, 1966 when he was shot down until Feb. 12, 1973 during the Vietnam War. Brunstrom, who ejected from the plane before it crashed stated “I was flying at 640 knots at 300 feet with a bridge as my target when I felt two anti-aircraft missiles hit the plane. One first and then another.” (Star-Banner Photo/Bruce Ackerman) 2014.

Col. Al Brunstrom of the U.S. Air Force, retired, 83, poses with a statue of Dick Meadows, Special Forces, who was instrumental in the Son Tay Raid, at Brunstrom’s home in the Woods and Lakes community near Ocklawaha, Fla. on Tuesday, August 5, 2014. Brunstrom was a POW from April 22, 1966, when he was shot down in Vietnam in the FR-101 (Voodoo) he was flying, until Feb. 12, 1973, during the Vietnam War. Brunstrom, who ejected from the plane before it crashed stated “I was flying at 640 knots at 300 feet with a bridge as my target when I felt two anti-aircraft missiles hit the plane. One first and then another.” 

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