By Rick Morgan, Jim Laurier
Designed within the years following the Korean battle after which synthetic for over 30 years beginning in 1960, the A-6 quick grew to become the main able assault airplane within the US Navy's strong. the 1st squadron, VA-75, made its preliminary deployment at once into wrestle in south-east Asia in 1965, and, over the following 8 years, ten US military and 4 Marine Intruder squadrons might behavior wrestle operations all through Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia. After preliminary difficulties and a excessive loss expense, the kind proved itself past all doubt because the Naval providers' most sensible evening and foul-weather platform, really through the region's infamous monsoon season, that could flooring just about all different in-theatre plane as a result of heavy rains and occasional 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 military pass. the price used to be excessive as sixty nine Intruders have been misplaced in strive against to all factors throughout the warfare. This paintings tells the entire tale of those plane in strive against through the Vietnam conflict.
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They were hit (in BuNo 152644) by a SAM on egress, forcing both men to eject into captivity. Marvel and Friese each received the Distinguished Flying Cross for their flight, and subsequent Silver Stars for their resistance to their captors whilst PoWs. On 1 May VMA(AW)-242’s Capts Jim Fickler and G H Christensen were departing on an alert launch with 28 Mk 82 hanging under DT 4 (BuNo 151578) when they experienced control problems almost immediately upon becoming airborne and ejected about five miles from the airfield.
Over several subsequent wars the Joint Services have developed complex aviation scheduling and targeting schemes that has smoothed the issue to some degree. ’ can be heard. As always, the Corps’ blunt response remains a hearty, and somewhat defiant, Semper Fi! 61 CHAPTER THREE turned back to the coast while descending to 500 ft, where they stayed until going feet wet at more than 420 knots. It was there that ‘Cottonpicker’ told them that their lead had not called off target. Attempts to raise their lead on the radio proved fruitless, as did calls to Red Crown.
The tail stripe and fuel tank markings show the squadron’s preferred insignia orange paint. BuNo 154152 was shot down in Laos on 19 December 1968, with Lts Mike Bouchard being killed and Bob Colyar rescued (US Navy) Lts Lyle Bull (left) and Mike Bouchard (right) were old friends who had started out in A3D Skywarriors. During the 1968-69 deployment in Constellation with VA-196 they were crewed together, and flew almost all of their missions as a team. On the night of 19 December, however, Bull was in Thailand working on a classified targeting project with the USAF.