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Air War Vietnam (ePub)

Aviation > Post-WWII Aviation Military > Post-WWII Warfare > Vietnam P&S History > By Century > 20th Century

By Martin W Bowman
Imprint: Pen & Sword Aviation
File Size: 24.2 MB (.epub)
Pages: 328
ISBN: 9781526746283
Published: 30th June 2023


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Martin Bowman’s revealing narrative of the aerial conflict in South-East Asia, 1965-1972, which had its beginnings in 1 November 1955, engulfed Viêtnam, Laos, and Cambodia and only ended with the fall of Sàigòn on 30 April 1975 has resulted from decades of painstaking fact-finding as well as detailed correspondence with surviving aircrew incorporating a wealth of first-hand accounts, some never told before, supported by dozens of rare and unusual photographs. Together they describe in adrenalin-pumping accuracy the furious aerial battles of a long suffering and bitter war in South-East Asia and in particular the frontline action in the skies over Vietnam that will keep readers on the edge of their seats.

They too will find a new and useful perspective on a conflict that cost the Americans 58,022 dead and brought the USA worldwide condemnation for its role in Southeast Asia. Nearly 2,500 Americans remained ‘missing’.

This work serves as a tribute to the courageous pilots who flew the F-104 Starfighter in the ‘Widowmakers’ war and B-52 bomber crews on ‘Arc Light’ ‘Linebacker II’ strikes and the eleven days of Christmas which ultimately ended the aerial campaign against North Viêtnam. And as well, strike aircraft such as the USAF F-4 Phantom and the F-105 ‘Thud’ and the US Navy carrier-borne jet and propeller-driven strike aircraft and the Americans’ sworn enemy, the North Vietnamese MiG fighters, feature large, from ‘Rolling Thunder’ onwards. Equally, the Hueys and Chinooks and other notable work horses that participated on combat assaults or Ash & Trash missions and transports like the C-130 ‘Herky-Bird’, C-123 Provider, Caribou and Viêtnamese C-47 - the ‘Haulers On Call’ - that performed sterling service during the gruelling air campaign are not forgotten either.

Here, at first hand, are their stories which also include some of the less publicised American forces like the pilots and crewmen who flew the Bird Dogs and all manner of helicopters as well as the largely forgotten Australian and New Zealand Air Force units and the Anzac Battalions whose valuable contributions are too often overlooked. So too is the cost in human misery, death and destruction.

Exceptionally well organized and presented, as well as impressively enhanced for the reader with a section of historic B/W photos, "Air War Vietnam" is a seminal and critically important contribution to personal, community, and college/university library Vietnam War history collections and supplemental curriculum studies lists.

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Midwest Book Review

"Showcasing specific aircraft and highlighting significant missions illuminates the skills and emotions of the men who flew the machines. Bowman does an excellent job recounting stories about battles in the air and decision-making on the ground."

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The VVA Veteran

About Martin W Bowman

With well over 100 published books, MARTIN W. BOWMAN is one of Britain’s best-known aviation historians and authors. Specialising in Second World War history and post-war aviation, Martin’s interest in these subjects was driven by the prolific number of RAF and USAAF air bases that were established in his native East Anglia. His previous books have included works such as Legend of the LancasterConfounding the ReichDuxford and the Big Wings, as well as numerous titles in the exhaustive Air War series, which, between them, provide extensive coverage of operations carried out on D-Day and during the Market Garden offensive at Arnhem.

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