On March 12th, 1967, Colonel Jack Broughton leads F-105D Thunderchiefs of the 355th TFW out of Takhli Royal Thai Air Base against the large thermal power plant at Viet Tri, on the Red River, a short distance to the northwest of Hanoi.
Taking the familiar route, approaching the target area flying down Thud Ridge, Broughton pushed his flight of four ships down to the deck and , "going like hell", Broughton swung the leading Thuds southwest, just enough to give those on the ground the impression they were headed somewhere south of Viet Tri. Not quite abreast of the target, Broughton called the 'pop' and as the Thuds passed vertical they rolled to inverted going over the top, completing a giant wifferdill, attacking the guns from the opposite direction. Beneath them the big gun pits were lined up, their gunners confused by the maneuver, and before they could work out what was happening the F-105 pilots emptied their loads of CBU's into the middle of them.
Behind the Thuds came the strike force and, with the air cleared of the usual flak barrage, unloaded their bombs right onto the thermal power plant. The facility was destroyed in one of the best-planned and executed raids of the war.
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