A-6 Intruder Units of the Vietnam War

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The first squadron, VA, made its initial deployment directly into combat in south-east Asia in , and, over the next eight years, ten US Navy and four Marine Intruder squadrons would conduct combat operations throughout Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia. After initial problems and a high loss rate, the type proved itself beyond all doubt as the Naval services' best night and foul-weather platform, particularly during the region's notorious monsoon season, which could ground almost all other in-theatre aircraft due to heavy rains and low visibility.


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The A-6 Intruder became a true classic of naval aviation over the skies of North Vietnam, with 14 of its crews being honoured with the second highest decoration in Naval service, the Navy Cross. The cost was high as 69 Intruders were lost in combat to all causes during the war.

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This work tells the complete story of these aircraft in combat during the Vietnam War. Get A Copy. Paperback , 96 pages.

Published December 18th by Osprey Publishing first published January 1st More Details Osprey Combat Aircraft Other Editions 5. Friend Reviews. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

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Vietnam/Cold War: Grumman A-6 Intruder

Sort order. Apr 08, Fredrick Danysh rated it liked it Shelves: history , us-marines , vietnam.

Most of the literature and photos deal with Navy aircraft and crews. The capabilities of the A-6 could have been described a little more. Jan 13, Bodicainking rated it liked it.

A-6 Intruder Units of the Vietnam War

Not a bad book, though it feels very much like - as the author says - this is a heavily paired-down version of a much more in depth work. Significant parts of the book read like a logbook broken up only by the death of aviators, with little strategic or even tactical meat to understand why a mission was what it was - but then this could be a reflection of a general lack of direction of US strategy in Vietnam in general.

It also suffers a little bit from the standard military gripe - which is par Not a bad book, though it feels very much like - as the author says - this is a heavily paired-down version of a much more in depth work. It also suffers a little bit from the standard military gripe - which is particularly acute in Vietnam related works by Americans - that if they'd just been allowed more men, more bombing, more this or more that, some great victory could have been achieved, which stands uneasily alongside the repeat appearance of the same target areas over and over, which gives a strong impression that the thousands of missions flown had no meaningful impact on the ground war in South Vietnam.


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Jan 11, Luka Novak rated it it was amazing Shelves: military , aviation , vietnam-war , cold-war. This book covers use of A-6 Intruder in Vietnam war in typical Osprey fashion. Briefly touching on development it then shows how early squadrons deployed to Indochina "wrote the book" on plane's use.

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Of course A-6 faced series of teething troubles, usual for new technology, but this was mostly related to new and untested avionics rather than plane itself. Morgan shows how A-6 was best medium attack plane of the conflict with bomb load second only to B Book is also full of A-6 unique type of loss.

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As A-6 were typical tasked with solo missions deep into North Vietnam many were listed as "lost, cause unknown". And this is why so many crew remains were never found and returned. Overall a typical Osprey book about excellent plane.

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