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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 quick turned the main able assault plane within the US Navy's strong. the 1st squadron, VA-75, made its preliminary deployment without delay into strive against in south-east Asia in 1965, and, over the following 8 years, ten US military and 4 Marine Intruder squadrons may behavior strive against operations all through Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia. After preliminary difficulties and a excessive loss fee, the sort proved itself past all doubt because the Naval prone' top evening and foul-weather platform, really throughout the region's infamous monsoon season, which may floor just about all different in-theatre plane because 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 optimum ornament in Naval provider, the army move. the fee used to be excessive as sixty nine Intruders have been misplaced in wrestle to all reasons throughout the battle. This paintings tells the total tale of those airplane in strive against through the Vietnam conflict.

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Nothing else was heard from them. It was not until 1993 that DT 12’s crash site was found and their remains returned to the US for internment at Arlington National Cemetery. Abrams would subsequently be awarded a posthumous Navy Cross for the 25 October strike on Phuc Yen. Maj Fred Cone (of the C-141 runway incident) and VMA(AW)-533’s Maj Kent Bateman would also receive the medal for the same mission, while their B/Ns were presented with Silver Stars. On the night of 26 August VMA(AW)-533 lost its first aircraft (BuNo 152639) when Maj Vlad Bacik and Capt Paschal Boggs crashed while attacking a group of buildings near Hon Gai, in North Vietnam.

Enterprise had re-entered the theatre in June 1971, embarking CVW-14, which had been reunited with VA-196 for this cruise. The ‘Main Battery’ took the now somewhat-normal assignment of ten A-6As, two A-6Bs and four KA-6Ds with them on deployment. After five months of operations on the line, the ship hauled out of the South China Sea on 11 December to make a swing through the Indian Ocean and Bay of Bengal in response to the Indo-Pakistani War, where the Nixon administration wanted to exert pressure on India in order to stop the conflict.

Com T H E O N LY WA R W E H AV E this incident would delay the ship only three months before it reported to Seventh Fleet, and CTF-77, on 17 March. 49 CHAPTER TWO 50 CVA-63 would return the following year, VA-65 had completed its third consecutive deployment to Vietnam and, upon returning to Virginia’s Tidewater region, moved to CVW-7 in Independence for subsequent deployments to the Mediterranean. Coral Sea was next on deck, reporting to CTF-77 on 14 October and still carrying CVW-15, although with VA-35 onboard this time.

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