THEY BROUGHT DEATH AND DESTRUCTION TO THE NORTH—AND EVERY MISSION COULD BE THEIR LAST.
Washington wanted a safe war, where no American died and the enemy was pounded into submission. In Guam and Thailand a handful of men were chosen to fight that kind of war. The operation was Linebacker, and the mission was to use the big, bomb-ladened B-52s to strike terror deep behind the DMZ. For the men of the long-range, high altitude bombing squads it was a nerve-racking, soul-scorching journey over hostile territory, dodging flak while the North Vietnamese gunners honed their skills. And as the war went from bad to worse, and the bombers became Washington's weapon of choice, every B-52 man knew he was the enemy's most hated target—and that being shot down meant a fate worse than death...