092 – B-52s at Okinawa Kept Secret

092 - B-52s at Okinawa Kept Secret, mack payne, vietnam veteran news

A B-52 bomber flies over the U.S. military’s Kadena Air Base in Okinawa Prefecture in May 1976. | KYODO

B-52s were an important part of the US military effort during the Vietnam War. Up until recently it was assumed the B-52s were based out of Guam and Thailand but recent disclosures of Japanese diplomatic documents reveal the bombers flew out of Okinawa also. It is also interesting to note the documents revealed there was an agreement between the US and Japanese governments to keep it secret. It was feared the local residents would revolt if they know bombers from their soil was dropping bombs in Vietnam.


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092 – B-52s at Okinawa Kept Secret — 2 Comments

  1. I was stationed in GUAM in 68-69 when bee’s took off from Anderson air base.it was an assume sight.all planes full of bombs. They looked like they went going to make it in the air.

  2. I worked on those B-52s in Okinawa in 68, 69 and 70. I went over there on TDY from McCoy AFB in ORLANDO, fl, where I worked on many more B-52s and KC-135s

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