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 fast grew to become the main able assault plane within the US Navy's good. the 1st squadron, VA-75, made its preliminary deployment at once into wrestle in south-east Asia in 1965, and, over the subsequent 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 cost, the sort proved itself past all doubt because the Naval prone' top evening and foul-weather platform, really through the region's infamous monsoon season.

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

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Flynn would return to duty as an A-6 B/N and later command NFO Training Squadron 86 in Pensacola, before retiring with the rank of commander in 1985. While US Navy radar tracking would later indicate that both Intruders had indeed flown 11 miles into Chinese airspace, Bob Flynn maintained that they were well south of the border, and that the MiGs had crossed into North Vietnam to attack them. The pair of ‘Milestone’ aircraft would be the only Intruders confirmed as lost to MiGs during the war. The loss of three A-6s on one mission, as well as the popular Profilet, hit VA-196 hard.

Under Cdr Art Barie, the squadron claimed to be the first unit to drop aerial mines since World War 2 when it seeded the Song Giang and Song Ca Rivers on 26 February. The ‘Panthers’ did well during the cruise in that although CVW-9 lost 14 aircraft, only one was an Intruder – on 19 May 1967. That day saw a series of multi-carrier Alpha Strikes flown against targets near Hanoi on Ho Chi Minh’s birthday. These missions cost the US Navy three aircraft, including ‘Raygun 502’ (BuNo 152594), which was hit by a SAM, causing Lt Cdr Gene ‘Red’ McDaniel and his B/N Lt Kelly Patterson to eject.

He subsequently spent the next five-and-a-half years largely in solitary confinement, being released in March 1973 along with those being held in North Vietnam. Flynn would return to duty as an A-6 B/N and later command NFO Training Squadron 86 in Pensacola, before retiring with the rank of commander in 1985. While US Navy radar tracking would later indicate that both Intruders had indeed flown 11 miles into Chinese airspace, Bob Flynn maintained that they were well south of the border, and that the MiGs had crossed into North Vietnam to attack them.

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