Outstanding presentation. Air combat in the Thud over Hanoi during the early years.
These stories reminded me of one that my dad told me. He was leading a flight of F-4s that were tasked with laying chaff behind a flight of Wild Weasels. One was off his nose low right and he saw a SAM explode right in front of the Thud. He described a massive explosion of fire and smoke that the Thud flew through, then emerged on the other side trailing fluids and making a slow turn to the right out of the strike package. He watched it just for a few seconds, but was sure that dude wasn’t going to make it home. He was happy to find out later that the Thud had limped to Da Nang, where the crew was being debriefed at the O club.