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B/EB-66 Destroyer Units in Combat Peter E. Davies

B/EB-66 Destroyer Units in Combat By Peter E. Davies

B/EB-66 Destroyer Units in Combat by Peter E. Davies


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B/EB-66 Destroyer Units in Combat Summary

B/EB-66 Destroyer Units in Combat by Peter E. Davies

Studies of air combat in the Vietnam War inevitably focus on the MiG-killing fighter engagements, B-52 onslaughts or tactical strikes on the Hanoi region. However, underlying all these was the secretive 'electron war' in which highly-skilled electronic warfare officers duelled with Soviet and North Vietnamese radar operators in the attempt to enable US strike forces to reach their targets with minimal losses. Orbiting at the edge of heavily-defended territory, the vulnerable EB-66s identified and jammed the enemy's radar frequencies with electronic emissions and chaff to protect the American bombers. Their hazardous missions resulted in six combat losses, four of them to SA-2 missiles and one to a MiG-21, and they became prime targets for North Vietnamese defences when their importance was realised. This illustrated study focuses on the oft-overlooked B-66 series, examining their vital contributions to the Vietnam War and the bravery of those who operated them in some of the most challenging situations imaginable. Author Peter E. Davies also explores how the technology and tactics devised during the period made possible the development of the EF-111A Raven, an invaluable component of the Desert Storm combat scenario over Iraq and Kuwait in 1991, and the US Navy's EA-6B Prowler, which entered service towards the end of the Vietnam War.

About Peter E. Davies

Peter E. Davies has published 40 aviation books, 29 of them for Osprey. He has also contributed to magazines such as Aeroplane Monthly, Aviation News and Aircraft Illustrated. He concentrates mainly upon combat aircraft of the Cold War and Vietnam War. Jim Laurier is a native of New England, growing up in New Hampshire and Massachusetts. He has been drawing since he could hold a pencil and throughout his life he has worked in many mediums creating artwork on a variety of subjects. He has worked on the Osprey Aviation list since 2000 and in that time he has produced some of the finest artwork seen in these volumes. He has specialised in aircraft of the Vietnam War period.

Table of Contents

1. Naval Origins 2. Cold War Bomber 3. Yokota and Shaw 4. Into the Fire 5. Thundering On 6. The Final Round 7. Still in Europe Appendices - Colour plates commentary - Index

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NGR9781472845078
9781472845078
1472845072
B/EB-66 Destroyer Units in Combat by Peter E. Davies
New
Paperback
Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
2021-02-18
96
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