Lost Over Laos - Photographers Larry Burrows, Henri Huet, Kent Potter and Keisaburo Shimamoto

Lost Over Laos

It is February 1971. Four war photographers Larry Burrows, Henri Huet, Kent Potter and Keisaburo Shimamoto board a helicopter in Vietnam to make an aerial tour of the battlefront. Their flight should have lasted 10 minutes taking them from Firebase Hotel to Landing Zone Ranger South. Instead their helicopter lost its way and was shot down by enemy fire over Laos. All four photographers, together with the other occupants of the helicopter, were killed.

The crash site remained undiscovered for 25 years. Horst Faas and Richard Pyle, both former Vietnam war photographers, never forgot their former friends and colleagues. Twenty-seven years after the crash they returned to Vietnam and joined a USA MIA search team excavating the hillside where the helicopter came down. The book Lost over Laos tells the story of the crash and the efforts Faas and Pyle made to find the remains of the four photographers.

Lost over Laos: A True Story of Tragedy, Mystery, and Friendship

Author - Richard Pyle and Horst Faas
ISBN - 0306811960
Publisher - First published in 2003 by Da Capo Press.
Book Availability - Amazon (UK) - Amazon (US) - BookFinder

Horst Faas died on 10 May 2012 aged 79.

Related Material

  1. Faas, Who Led An 'Army' Of War Photographers, Dies. National Public Radio (11 May 2012)
  2. Horst Faas - Obituary. Daily Telegraph (11 May 2012)
  3. Video of Horst Faas describing life of Henri Heut at Paris exhibition of Heuts' photographs, BBC (11 May 2011)
  4. Henri Huet, 'Most Influential' Vietnam War Photojournalist, Finally Honored. Politics Daily (10 February 2011)
  5. Saigon Quartet by Richard Pyle Vanity Fair (September 2008)
  6. A poignant snapshot of four men and an era by Michael E Ruane Washington Post (4 April 2008)
  7. Four photojournalists killed during Vietnam War come home for burial National Press Photographers Association (31 March 2008)
  8. Saigon Quartet by Richard Pyle Vanity Fair (December 1999)

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This page was added on 07 February 2009. Updated on 03 June 2012.