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This was Captain Lynn Aikman’s second combat tour in Southeast Asia. During his first tour in 1968-69 Aikman was a Thud Driver (F-105 Pilot) assigned to the 333rd TFS dropping iron bombs on NVA and Viet Cong positions in South Vietnam. Things were very different now, Aikman’s F-4E was providing MIGCAP cover on bombing missions deep in North Vietnam. Two days earlier his squadron the 366th TFW had been transfer to Thailand from South Vietnam. On June 27, 1972 Aikman embarked on his first and last mission from his new base in Thailand.

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