Huu Tiep Lake and the Downed B-52

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Huu Tiep Lake and the Downed B-52, Hanoi Overview

In the 1972 campaign 'Hanoi-Dien Bien Phu in the air', the Vietnamese Air Defense Force shot down 81 American aircrafts, one of them being 34 B52. One part of the aircraft fell down in the Huu Tiep Lake of Hanoi. Today, many tourists visit this lake to catch a glimpse of the wreckage including the gear wheels, which now has plants growing around it.

Huu Tiep Lake is a war memorial located in Hanoi. Popularly known as B-52 lake, it features a US B-52 bomber that was shot down on the night of 27 December 1972 during the Vietnam War. The wrecked bomber in the algae-green water is a symbol of Vietnam's victory over the United States. It is also a constant reminder of the violence and the endless number of people who lost their lives during the war. An inscription near the lake with the words: "outstanding feat of arm that brought down the bomber of the US imperialist" celebrates the courage and determination of Vietnam that led to its victory.

How to Reach Huu Tiep Lake

Downed B52 at Huu Tiep Lake Hanoi
Huu Tiep Lake is Located in the Ba Dinh District of Hanoi in Vietnam (Source)

Huu Tiep Lake is located in the Ba Dinh District, down the road from the Ho Chi Minh Museum. You can reach here by either hiring a tuk-tuk or taxi from any part of Hanoi. The closest bus stop is the Ngoc Ha Bus Stop, accessible by Bus Line 9, from where it will take you a ten-minute walk to reach the lake.

Huu Tiep Lake and the Downed B52, Hanoi, Vietnam
Huu Tiep Lak and the Downed B-52 Bomber in Hanoi, Vietnam (Source)

Huu Tiep Lake proudly depicts the crashed US bomber as a symbol of triumph of the Vietnamese people. This small lake holds a special place in the hearts of people and induces the feeling of patriotism in them.

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