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By Rick Morgan, Jim Laurier

Designed within the years following the Korean conflict after which synthetic for over 30 years beginning in 1960, the A-6 speedy turned the main able assault plane within the US Navy's solid. the 1st squadron, VA-75, made its preliminary deployment at once into strive against in south-east Asia in 1965, and, over the following 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 sort proved itself past all doubt because the Naval prone' most sensible evening and foul-weather platform, fairly in the course of the region's infamous monsoon season.

The A-6 Intruder grew to become a real vintage of naval aviation over the skies of North Vietnam however the fee was once excessive as sixty nine Intruders have been misplaced in strive against to all explanations in the course of the conflict. This paintings tells the total tale of those airplane in wrestle through the Vietnam struggle.

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On 23 January 1968 an A-6A (BuNo 152932) was heading for its target at low altitude from the sea when it apparently hit the water. Squadron XO Cdr Lee Kollmorgen was recovered but Lt Cdr Gerry Ramsden perished. Three days later another aircraft (NE 501 BuNo 152901) was lost near Vinh. Lt Cdr ‘Buzz’ Eidsmoe and Lt Mike Dunn were both killed. This loss fits the description of what was being described as an ‘Intruder-unique incident’, with the aircraft ‘vanishing’ while on a solo mission at night.

Tiger’ leadership included Cdr Bill Small, who was relieved by Bob Mandeville (the first pilot to reach 1000 hours in the A-6) mid-cruise. Among the Junior Officers was Lt ‘Rupe’ Owens, a future squadron commander and admiral. He was typical of many young Intruder pilots, having been an A-4 pilot who recognised that the A-6 represented an important new type for the US Navy. He requested a lateral transfer to the new community and never looked back. The crew of NL 407 talk prior to manning up for a mission from Constellation .

Little known (and certainly not advertised) was the fact that the unit had deployed to the Mediterranean with aircraft that boasted only partial systems due to parts shortages and the higher priority for spares being given to combat units. Lacking the parts needed to undertake effective all-weather strike missions, the A-6s of VA-75 were largely flown as ‘lead-nosed, iron bombsight’ aircraft exclusively in the benign Mediterranean theatre. By early 1968 Cdr Jerry Zacharias’ squadron had received a batch of brand new full-system aircraft specifically for the unit’s second deployment to Southeast Asia.

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