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Then Maj. Richard "Gene" Smith, 333rd Tactical Fighter Squadron pilot, takes a photograph in front of an F-105 Thunderchief on Tahkli Royal Thai Air Force Base, Thailand. Smith spent five and a half years in captivity and was released March 14, 1973. (Courtesy photo)


POW recalls mission that led to capture 50 years ago

Then Maj. Richard Smith, 333rd Tactical Fighter Squadron pilot, takes a photograph in front of an F-105 Thunderchief on Tahkli Royal Thai Air Force Base, Thailand. Smith spent five and a half years in captivity and was released March 14, 1973. (Courtesy photo)