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 plane within the US Navy's good. the 1st squadron, VA-75, made its preliminary deployment without delay 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. After preliminary difficulties and a excessive loss fee, the kind proved itself past all doubt because the Naval providers' top evening and foul-weather platform, really through the region's infamous monsoon season, which may floor just about all different in-theatre plane because of heavy rains and coffee visibility. The A-6 Intruder grew to become 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 carrier, the army go. the associated fee used to be excessive as sixty nine Intruders have been misplaced in wrestle to all motives in the course of the conflict. This paintings tells the total tale of those plane in wrestle in the course of the Vietnam conflict.
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The load is light – two empty MERs, a centreline tank and four CBU-39s, which were never particularly common for US Navy aircraft, the service usually preferring the Mk 20 Rockeye as its cluster weapon. This aircraft, BuNo 154144, would be lost with VA-65 in May 1983 as an A-6E (US Navy via Angelo Romano) 20 January 1969 and, at least initially, continue his predecessor’s bombing policies in Southeast Asia. America was replaced by Ranger, which chopped to CTF-77 on 12 November with CVW-2 embarked.
After spending a harrowing night in the jungle, the pair was snatched by USAF rescue forces in the morning. Reese would return for the next deployment with VA-196 and eventually command an EA-6B squadron. The squadron’s final loss occurred on 28 February when Lts Bob Wittenberg and Wayne Paul had NE 505 (BuNo 155605) catch fire during a day catapult shot. Both men ejected and were quickly recovered. After losing five aircraft in four months, VA-196 finished out the remainder of the cruise without loss.
On the night of 15 July 1967 the ‘Bat’ hangar was hit by a rocket that damaged five aircraft and wounded five men. On the night of 30 January 1968 another mortar strike resulted in one Marine being killed, the destruction of VMA(AW)-242 Intruder BuNo 152588 and four more A-6s damaged. A following attack on 27 July ended up with another A-6 (BuNo 152595) stricken, and on 23 February 1969 a rocket killed ‘Bat’ LCpl Tom Stevenson. Intensive operations continued unabated. In October 1967 alone the ‘Hawks’ flew 333 combat sorties, 81 per cent of which were at night.
A-6 Intruders Vietnam by Rick Morgan, Jim Laurier