Bay of Pigs. Bay of Pigs location. Training . Eisenhower approves program in 1960 CIA sets up training camps in Guatemala. The Invasion. USA used 8 WWII B-26 bomber planes Painted them to look like Cuban Air Force Planes Misses many targets and left Castro’s Air Force intact
Eisenhower approves program in 1960
CIA sets up training camps in Guatemala
USA used 8 WWII B-26 bomber planes
Painted them to look like Cuban Air Force Planes
Misses many targets and left Castro’s Air Force intact
Kennedy cancels second air strike
Cuban Exile invasion force/ Brigade 2506
Land on beach at Bay of Pigs
Immediately under heavy fire
Sank 2 escort ships, destroyed half of the exile’s air support
Bad weather hampers the ground force leads to soggy equipment and insufficient ammunition.
Castro orders over 20,000 troops to advance towards the beach and Cuban air force dominate the sky
Reaction: Kennedy sends six unmarked American B-26’s to defend the B-26 air fleet.
Arrive an hour late: result was they were shot down and invasion was crushed that day.
Some escaped to the sea
rest were killed or rounded up and imprisoned by Castro's forces.
Almost 1,200 members of Brigade 2056 surrendered, and more than 100 were killed.
Prisoner remain in captivity for over 20 months
Robert F. Kennedy makes plea for exchange 53 million worth of baby food and medicine in exchange for the prisoners.
Forever tarnishes the Kennedy Administration
50 years later Cuba and United States tensions remain strained
Leads to the Cuban Missile Crises