Rarely has there been a work conveying so viscerally the fear, the courage, the sheer excitement of air-to-air battle. In One Day in Long War the internationally respected historians Jeffrey Ethell and Alfred Price chronicle May 10, 1972, the launch of Linebacker, a highly classified, huge-scale Navy and Air Force surprise operation marking the resumption of U.S. bombing raids on North Vietnam. One Day in a Long War records firsthand accounts of almost one hundred eyewitnesses, analyzes cockpit voice recordings and draws from official documents, many declassified for the first time, to tell its story. During May 10 an elite corps of American fighter pilots - many of them first-generation Top Gun graduates - few more than 330 sorties against major transportation centers around Hanoi and Haiphong. But the Vietnamese fought back with ninety-three ground-to-air missiles and forty MIG fighters. What words are spoken are spoken in the cockpit of a Phantom as the crew prepares to engage to engage MIGs closing in at nearly one thousand miles per hour? What thoughts go through the mind of a pilot struggling to hold his crippled plane in the air for one minute longer, to get clear of enemy territory so he and his crewman can parachute into the sea? How does it feel to be in a Phantom running in to attack the notorious Paul Dourmer Bridge at Hanoi with laser-guided bombs as missile streak through the formation? And what tactics would enable a force of sixteen of these fighter bombers to carry out such an attack without he loss of a single plane? One Day in a Long War is a definitive reconstruction of the most intensive air combat of the Vietnam conflict.
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Based on cockpit recordings and interviews, this is a minute-by-minute narrative of the opening day of Operation Linebacker, a Navy/Air Force aerial onslaught against targets in North Vietnam. Participants (and some eyewitnesses on the ground) describe the attacks on bridges and stockpiles, while the leading edge of the attack--reconnaissance aircraft, flak-suppressing missions, search and rescue, airborne command and control--is also recounted. Since many of the operation's Navy pilots were graduates of the newly established "Top Gun" course at Miramar Naval Air Station in California, their performance on 10 May '72 confirmed the cost-effectiveness of this training beyond doubt. On the other hand, that day also saw the greatest loss of U.S. aircraft of any 24-hour period in the Vietnam War. Stories of the pilots who were shot down, either by MiG fighters or by surface-to-air missiles, include that of Air Force Captain Robert Locher, who survived 23 days on the ground before being rescued in a risky helicopter operation. Photos.
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Aviation writers Ethell and Price examine the most active single day of air combat over North Vietnam: May 10, 1972, when 338 missions were flown by U.S. aircraft over the North. Sixteen planes on both sides were shot down; U.S. forces lost only four. The buildup to this surge of hostilities is examined, the training of the forces analyzed, the attackers' various tactics against ground and air defence described in detail. While it is the authors' intent to reach even a non-aviation audience with this compact and well-written history, some background in the air combat environment won't hurt. Eyewitness testimony and dialogue from recorded in-air conversations help bring a personal element to the awesome expenditure of military might. One of the best on the period and its arms, well organized and intense.
- Mel D. Lane, Sacramento, Cal.
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