Artist: Keith Ferris
Medium: Oil on panel
On 11 August 1967, F-105s of the 355th and 388th Tactical Fighter Wings based in Thailand hit the mile long Paul Doumer Bridge in downtown Hanoi. The heavily defended structure was vital to movement of war material from Communist China through North Vietnam to the war in the South.
Led by Col. Bob White, 355th Vice Commander, former X-15 pilot and astronaut, the Thuds evaded SAMs and heavy anti-aircraft artillery to drop two bridge spans.
On loan from: the United States Air Force Art Collection