Aces & Aerial Victories in the United States Air Force in Southeast Asia 1965-1973
Aces & Aerial Victories in the United States Air Force in Southeast Asia 1965-1973, by R. Frank Futrell, et al (1976). 188 pages. – http://www.afhra.af.mil/shared/media/document/AFD-090529-060.pdf
Representative questions that can be answered with this resource:
- What was the radar scanner aboard a B-52 called?
- What does an exploding MIG look like?
- What did the insignia of the 335th Tactical Fighter Wing look like?
- Who used a gorilla in their insignia? Or a bat?
- What weapons could be found on an F-4D aircraft?
- What did a basic fighter escort look like?
From the preface:
Aces and Aerial Victories is a collection of firsthand accounts by Air Force fighter crews who flew combat missions over North Vietnam between 1965 and 1973. They recall their air battles with enemy MIG fighters, the difficult and dangerous tactical maneuvers they had to perform to survive, and their victories and defeats. The narratives are taken directly from aircrew after-action reports. A number of direct quotations have been altered, but only to clarify for the reader the very specialized language of their profession (e.g., code words).
The work includes lists of illustrations, tables plus maps and charts. It also includes a glossary and index.
In addition to the first hand accounts mentioned above, writers should find chapter 4, The men: their units, tools and tactics to be helpful as it has many diagrams, tables, insignias, etc.