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Posted 9/21/2012 Printable Fact Sheet
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Boeing B-52
The tail gun position of a B-52D had four deadly .50-cal. machine guns that fired a combined cyclic rate 5,000 rounds per minute. (U.S. Air Force photo)
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Thirty-one B-52s were lost in Southeast Asia. Eighteen were lost to surface-to-air missiles (SAMs) or ground fire, and the other 13 were non-combat losses. No B-52s were lost to communist aircraft, but during Operation Linebacker II, two B-52D tail gunners, Staff Sgt. Samuel Turner and Airman 1st Class Albert Moore, each shot down a MiG-21 on separate missions.

During a Linebacker II mission on Dec. 18, 1972, Turner became the first B-52 tail gunner credited with shooting down an enemy aircraft. For successfully defending his aircraft and crew, Turner received the Silver Star.

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