In fact, not until the end of 1972, but even 7 years earlier – in 1965, when the US imperialist sent troops to the South, waged “local warfare” and started using war bombers. B52 strategy on the battlefield, during a visit to Hanoi air defense troops, President Ho Chi Minh told: “Although the US imperialists have a lot of guns, a lot of money, whether they have B57, B52 or” calf “something. Besides, I also hit. That many airplanes, so many American troops, but more than that, we also hit, but we hit is certain to win ”(1).
To prepare to hit B52, first of all, it is necessary to learn its features, techniques, characteristics and operating rules, on that basis, to find out the appropriate way to hit. In order to fulfill the above purposes, at the same time, in compliance with the instructions of the General Staff, in May 1966, the Air Defense – Air Force organized a mobile missile regiment 238 into Vinh Linh, studying save how to fight B52. On September 17, 1967, at the battlefield T5, Quyet Thang Farm (Vinh Linh), 84th Battalion, the 238th Regiment shot down the first B52 plane. Since then, we have always maintained a force on the battlefield to fight B52, with the motto of both fighting the enemy and researching the enemy.
At the end of 1967, when working with the High Command of the Air Defense – Air Force, President Ho Chi Minh continued to affirm: “Sooner or later the US imperialists will send B52 to attack Hanoi, then lose it. give up. Must anticipate every situation, as soon as possible, to have time to think and prepare. Remember that before losing in Korea, the US imperialism destroyed Pyongyang. In Vietnam, America will definitely lose, but it will only give up in the skies of Hanoi ”(2).