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Catkiller 3-2

An Army Pilot Flying for the Marines in the Vietnam War

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Catkiller 3-2 by Raymond G. Caryl
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Catkiller 3-2 provides unique insights into the role of the tactical air controller, airborne (TACA) in I Corps as seen through the eyes of one of the pilots who flew low-flying, unarmed, single-engine aircraft in support of Marine ground units during the Vietnam War. When Gen. William Westmoreland changed the Marines' role in I Corps into a combat one, the Marines found themselves in need of more fixed wing aircraft to handle the TACA missions. The advance party of the Army's 220th Reconnaissance Aircraft Company (RAC) arrived in Vietnam in late June 1965 thinking they were going to be assigned to III Corps Tactical Zone. However, because of the shortage of existing Marine Birddogs, the 220th was immediately reassigned to I Corps and came under the operational control of the Marines. No other work details the tactics, restrictions, aerial maneuvers, and dangers experienced by the Army pilots and Marine aerial observers flying these missions. As young lieutenants and captains, they had at their beck and call as much authority to request and control artillery and air strikes as ground commanders of much higher rank. Raymond G. Caryl provides unrivaled examples of the cultural mores, attitudes, and recreational activity of these young pilots and observers supporting the ground forces.

Author Biography

Raymond G. Caryl's aviation career began in 1966 in the U.S. Army and extended until 2004. After leaving active duty, he continued to fly in the Army Reserves and National Guard until 1997. He has flown as a pilot for the U.S. Forest Service, U.S. Customs Service, and as a contract helicopter pilot. He lives in Oro Valley, Arizona.
Release date NZ
August 30th, 2018
Country of Publication
United States
Illustrations
18 black & white photographs, 1 map
Imprint
Naval Institute Press
Pages
264
ISBN-13
9781682473528
Product ID
28125371

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