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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

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training
Training

Eisenhower approves program in 1960

CIA sets up training camps in Guatemala

the invasion
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

Kennedy cancels second air strike

frogmen
Frogmen

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.

counter attack
Counter attack

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.

aftermath
Aftermath

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.

prisoners
Prisoners

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.

lasting disaster
Lasting disaster

Forever tarnishes the Kennedy Administration

50 years later Cuba and United States tensions remain strained

Leads to the Cuban Missile Crises