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Afterburner : naval aviators and the Vietnam War

Author: John Darrell Sherwood
Publisher: New York : New York University Press, 2004.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : Uncorrected proofView all editions and formats
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"Despite spending over 200 billion dollars and dropping almost 8 million tons of bombs on Southeast Asia, the United States was unable to score a definitive victory in the air war in Vietnam. Afterburner takes us inside the day-to-day operations of the air war, particularly during 1972, the most intense year of the campaign. During that year, North Vietnam launched the first large-scale conventional attacks on
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: John Darrell Sherwood
ISBN: 081479842X 9780814798423
OCLC Number: 911256205
Description: x, 337 pages : illustrations, map, portraits ; 23 cm
Contents: Introduction: The Navy's Air War in Southeast Asia prior to 1968 --
Part I: Navy Operations Against Laos: The Story of Shangri-La's Last Cruise, 1970 25 --
1 Anchors Away: James McBride, Shangri-La, and the Long Cruise to Yankee Station --
2 The War Nobody Was Supposed to Know About: Laos and McBride's First Line Tour --
3 Life on and off the Line --
4 The War over Laos Continues: McBride's Final Line Tours --
Part II: Double Anchors: The Naval Flight Officer Experience, 1968-1972 --
5 The Guy in the Backseat: The Odyssey of James B. Souder, NFO --
6 The Anatomy of a MiG Kill --
7 "The Navy Needs You J.B.": Glynco, VF-121, and VF-51 --
8 War and Ejection from the Squadron --
Part III: The POW Experience from 1969-1973: Unity Over Self --
9 Taking Charge: Commander C. Ronald Polfer --
10 The Medic: Lieutenant Commander James Souder --
11 The Camp Clown: Lieutenant John "Jack" Ensch --
Part IV: Navy Mining Operations and the Triumph of the Bengals --
12 Difficult Transitions: The Marines of VMA (AW)-224 --
13 The War to Save Bengal 505 --
14 Bombing and then Mining Haiphong --
Part V: Air-to-Air Combat, 1972: The Making of a MiG Killer --
15 Ronald "Mugs" McKeown --
16 Early Linebacker MiG Engagements --
17 Ron McKeown's Day in the Sun --
Part VI: The Easter Offensive and Linebacker --
18 Stopping the Easter Offensive --
19 Linebacker I --
20 Leighton Warren Smith and the Fall of Thanh Hoa --
21 Linebacker II: "The peace is falling apart, but at least they're bombing again."
Responsibility: John Darrell Sherwood.

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Military history looking at aviators during the second half of Vietnam. The stories are told through interviews and journal excerpts of the pilots and aircrew themselves. Great tradey title.  Read more...

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"This is history at its best. Sherwood provides at once a whole new understanding of the final stages of the air war in Vietnam and a thrilling volume of valor and adventure in naval aviation."-, Read more...

 
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