"It Kenny Fields catapulted off USS America in his A-7 for his first-ever combat mission. His target was two hundred miles away in Laos in May 1968. What the planners did not know was that Fields and his wingman would soon stumble upon a massive concentration of anti-aircraft artillery (AAA) gun sites amidst an entire North Vietnamese division." "Fields - call sign Streetcar 304 - was the first to roll in, and he destroyed that target with a direct hit. Three AAA guns began to fire, but, following his wingman's run, he rolled in again. This time many more AAA guns opened up and Fields was shot down. Soon, a rescue pilot suffered the same fate." "The Rescue of Streetcar 304 is Fields' exhilarating narrative of the forty hours that followed and what turned out to be one of the largest and most spine-tingling air rescues of the Vietnam War. Fields mixes humor and drama as he recounts close encounters with Pathet Lao guerillas, and nearly being killed time and again by friendly bombs.
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Naval Institute Press
April 30, 2007
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