Rick Morgan, Jim Laurier's A-6 Intruders Vietnam PDF
By Rick Morgan, Jim Laurier
Designed within the years following the Korean struggle after which synthetic for over 30 years beginning in 1960, the A-6 fast grew to become the main able assault plane within the US Navy's good. the 1st squadron, VA-75, made its preliminary deployment without delay into strive against in south-east Asia in 1965, and, over the subsequent 8 years, ten US army and 4 Marine Intruder squadrons could behavior strive against operations all through Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia. After preliminary difficulties and a excessive loss fee, the kind proved itself past all doubt because the Naval companies' top evening and foul-weather platform, relatively throughout the region's infamous monsoon season, that could floor just about all different in-theatre airplane as a result of heavy rains and coffee visibility. The A-6 Intruder turned a real vintage of naval aviation over the skies of North Vietnam, with 14 of its crews being honoured with the second one maximum ornament in Naval provider, the army go. the fee was once excessive as sixty nine Intruders have been misplaced in strive against to all factors throughout the conflict. This paintings tells the full tale of those plane in strive against through the Vietnam battle.
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While CVW-6’s A-7 units would be particularly hard hit, with eight being lost either operationally or due to enemy action, two of the others would be ‘Buckeyes’. On the night of 28 August Lt(jg)s Bob Duncan and Alan Ashall were in A-6B AE 521 (BuNo 151561) covering a strike near Vinh Son. Their Intruder was apparently hit by an SA-2, with both aircrew being listed as MIA and, later, KIA. It would be the only Bravo-model lost due to enemy action during the entire war. A little over a week later, on 6 September, VA-35 Skipper Cdr Ken Cosky and Lt Cdr Richard McKee were conducting night armed reconnaissance with a mixed load of ordnance near the Song Ca River.
The A-6s took off from Da Nang at 2235 hrs in one-minute trail formation due to poor weather. Such conditions were perfect for the Intruder, however, with broken clouds reportedly at 700 ft and ten miles of visibility. An overcast at 26,000 ft would prevent moonlight from aiding ground observation of the Intruders. The lead aircraft, DT 7, was forced to abort during climb-out when its radar failed. The second jet, DT 9 (BuNo 152609), crewed by Maj Jim McGarvey and B/N Capt Jim Carlton, assumed the lead, and they headed up the coast with the remaining wingman, DT 1, manned by Capt K D Hornbacher and CWO Doug Wilson (who was one of the survivors of the C-141 collision).
The air war in Vietnam was about to enter another, and final, phase. com I t is no secret that the US Marine Corps proudly bases all of its requirements on support for the infantryman and his rifle. In this regard the Corps wanted an ‘all-weather’ aircraft for many of the same reasons as the US Navy, although emphasising this capability in the CAS role. It was largely on this basis that the service acquired the A-6. As of January 1964, the Marine Corps had 12 active attack (VMA) squadrons, all flying the Bravo, Charlie or Echo variant of the A-4 Skyhawk.
A-6 Intruders Vietnam by Rick Morgan, Jim Laurier