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Posted by: 1830 Hello: Raid - The rescue of Bat 21 Bravo 1972 It was the largest, longest and most complex search and rescue operation during the entire Vietnam War. Col. Iceal Hambleton, an expert in SAM countermeasures and SAC operations, was the only survivor from a EB-66 destroyed by a SA-2 SAM parachuted in a area with very intense NVA activity. The USAF adhesion to all cost rescue policy, resulted in larger and larger air rescue attemps followed one after the other facing increasing AA oposition, at the cost of 5 aircraft lost, 11 airmen killed and another two pilot bailing out over the enemy territory. A no-fire zone of 17 miles radius was imposed, that hampered the efforts of RVA units to resist NVA offensive. Finally Hambleton and Lt. Clark (one of the pilots downed in the rescues missions) were rescued by a ground special forces operation. It was the most know case of a common type of operation in Vietnam, the rescue of downed pilots. It's a dramatic story with exciting topics: pilots downed over enemy held territory, air operations facing intense ground fire, special forces operations.
Posted on: 10/02/2013 02:53:00

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Posted by: kuvaszsleepybear
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Joined Date: Wednesday, 7 August 2013
But it's NOT a Raid.
Posted on: 10/02/2013 07:56:00
Posted by: xeneize
Total Posts: 75
Joined Date: Friday, 18 January 2013
For sure is a Raid¡¡¡, was a rescue operation in a enemy held zone, not only offensive operations are raids, think about operation Valkyrie.
Posted on: 10/02/2013 11:10:00
Posted by: GI Gene
Total Posts: 78
Joined Date: Saturday, 7 February 2009
Although it is not a "raid" in the strictest definition, it is a specific military operation that is well suited to the Raid title format. I think the Rescue of Bat 21 would make an excellent title by telling what really happened and clear up the misconceptions people have gotten from watching the 1988 movie with Gene Hackman and Danny Glover.
Posted on: 10/02/2013 16:56:00
Posted by: Hammerfest-Perth
Total Posts: 35
Joined Date: Wednesday, 20 March 2013
Sure sounds liek a raid. I would definitely buy it either way.
Posted on: 10/02/2013 18:46:00
Posted by: xeneize
Total Posts: 75
Joined Date: Friday, 18 January 2013
The operation "Ivory coast" the rescue attemp in Son Tay in 1970 is considered a raid, even a book is titled "The Raid". A rescue operation bihand enemy lines is a raid.
Posted on: 10/02/2013 19:29:00
Posted by: 1830
Total Posts: 17
Joined Date: Friday, 24 May 2013
Hello: There are Raid series titles about rescues like Gran Sasso or Los Banos, the only difference is that Col. Hambleton and Lt. Clark weren't POW's.
Posted on: 11/02/2013 01:07:00
Posted by: 1830
Total Posts: 17
Joined Date: Friday, 24 May 2013
And they were under serious risk of capture!
Posted on: 11/02/2013 01:14:00
Posted by: Amaral
Total Posts: 200
Joined Date: Friday, 8 March 2013
By the general definition of military terms, a raid (incursion) is a mission of offensive nature that does intend to hold the ground for a predefined period of time, to achieved a determined goal (destruction of an objective, extraction of personnel and material, assassination of a target and so on), and after that the raiding force will leave the place. So, this clearly a raid.
Posted on: 13/02/2013 00:15:00
Posted by: Paintybeard
Total Posts: 373
Joined Date: Monday, 4 February 2013
Who cares if it's a raid, I want the book!
Posted on: 14/02/2013 15:32:00

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