"You lose a few - you gain a few."
Mauldin, William (1921-2003) 1972
In September 1972, the United States negotiated the first release of prisoners of war since 1969. However, by the end of the year, the People’s Army of Vietnam (NVA) had captured more prisoners after the United States resumed bombing over the Democratic Republic of Vietnam (North Vietnam). Known as the Christmas Bombing of 1972, Operation Linebacker II resulted in the loss of fifteen B52s and eleven other aircraft during attacks on North Vietnam. After the signing of the 1973 Paris Peace Accords, five hundred ninety-one prisoners of war were repatriated.