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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 fast grew to become the main able assault plane within the US Navy's good. the 1st squadron, VA-75, made its preliminary deployment at once into strive against in south-east Asia in 1965, and, over the following 8 years, ten US military and 4 Marine Intruder squadrons might behavior strive against operations all through Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia. After preliminary difficulties and a excessive loss cost, the sort proved itself past all doubt because the Naval prone' top evening and foul-weather platform, quite through the region's infamous monsoon season.

The A-6 Intruder grew to become a real vintage of naval aviation over the skies of North Vietnam however 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 entire tale of those airplane in strive against in the course of the Vietnam warfare.

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A-6 Intruder Units of the Vietnam War

Designed within the years following the Korean battle after which synthetic for over 30 years beginning in 1960, the A-6 fast turned the main able assault plane within the US Navy's strong. the 1st squadron, VA-75, made its preliminary deployment at once into strive against in south-east Asia in 1965, and, over the subsequent 8 years, ten US army and 4 Marine Intruder squadrons might behavior wrestle operations all through Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia.

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He would retire from the US Navy as a rear admiral in 1977, write the book When Hell Was in Session on his experiences in North Vietnam and be elected to the US Senate in 1980. Yet again, on 24 July, another Intruder fell from the sky as AG 511 (BuNo 151585) suffered what was believed to be another premature bomb detonation. The crew, Lt Cdr ‘Deke’ Bordone and Lt(jg) Pete Moffett, were on their third pass over a target in southern Laos during a Steel Tiger mission when their aeroplane was severely damaged by a blast under its wing.

As of January 1963, there were 15 Carrier Air Groups (CVGs) in existence, each of which had three attack squadrons assigned. Two of these were ‘jet attack’ (soon redesignated as ‘Light Attack’) units flying either the Douglas A-4 Skyhawk or the North American FJ-4B Fury. The third VA unit was considered ‘prop attack’, equipped with Douglas A-1 Skyraiders. Not withstanding its future heroics in the Vietnam War (see Osprey Combat Aircraft 77 - US Navy A-1 Skyraider Units of the Vietnam War), the piston-engined A-1 was already considered obsolescent by many within Naval Aviation and due for replacement.

SAM and AAA activity increased along the route, and the aircraft (NK 400 BuNo 152625) of Lt Cdr Jim Buckley and B/N Lt Bob Flynn was damaged by flak, but they pressed on nevertheless. Along with enemy activity, the strike group was finding weather a challenge, with heavy clouds and thunderstorms building throughout North Vietnam. Compounding the rising chaos enveloping the attack was the presence of a USAF strike nearby that was already taking losses, with two F-105Ds from the Takhli-based 355th TFW being shot down.

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