A-6 Intruder Units of the Vietnam War

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A-6 Intruder Units of the Vietnam War

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Designed in the years following the Korean war and then manufactured for over 30 years starting in 1960, the A-6 quickly became the most capable attack aircraft in the US Navy's stable. The first squadron, VA-75, made its initial deployment directly into combat in south-east Asia in 1965, and, over the next eight years, ten US Navy and four Marine Intruder squadrons would conduct combat operations throughout Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia. After initial problems and a high loss rate, the type proved itself beyond all doubt as the Naval services' best night and foul-weather platform, particularly during the region's notorious monsoon season, which could ground almost all other in-theatre aircraft due to heavy rains and low visibility. The A-6 Intruder became a true classic of naval aviation over the skies of North Vietnam, with 14 of its crews being honoured with the second highest decoration in Naval service, the Navy Cross. The cost was high as 69 Intruders were lost in combat to all causes during the war. This work tells the complete story of these aircraft in combat during the Vietnam War.

Table of Contents

Introduction /Underway /The only war we have /Semper Fi - Marines from the Beach /Crescendo /Appendices

Product details

Published Dec 18 2012
Format Paperback
Edition 1st
Extent 96
ISBN 9781849087551
Imprint Osprey Publishing
Illustrations 30 b/w; 90 col
Dimensions 10 x 7 inches
Series Combat Aircraft
Short code COM 93
Publisher Bloomsbury Publishing

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Jim Laurier

Jim Laurier is a native of New England and lives i…

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