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United States Air Force VF-111, Oriskany

F-105D Thunderchief


5th September  1966

Captain Wilfred Kesse Abbott



"I was flying my Navy F-8 Crusader on a bright sunny day, September 5, when I was shot down over North Vietnam.

In the ejection my right leg was broken. After the leg was finally operated on, I was in a cast for about four months. It took about two years with my roommates' help to achieve full use
of the leg. It was my constant desire not to be a cripple so as to fly again

Other than my leg, the treatment and daily routine as a prisoner of war was similar to that described by most of the men. The food was just enough to sustain life. A constant battle was to keep our minds active."

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Captain Wilfred Kesse Abbott