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Forward air controllers in Vietnam were acknowledged as having perhaps the most dangerous aviation role of the war. Flying at speeds well below the top end of most family cars, they spent hours over hostile terrain in flimsy, propeller-driven Cessna O-1 Bird Dogs. Their work was crucial in finding and stopping the enemy before they could attack American troops, and supporting those troops with artillery and air strikes when battle was joined.
Of the many army Bird Dog units in Southeast Asia, none operated in as hostile an environment as the “Catkillers” of the 220th Reconnaissance Airplane Company. Their tactical area of operations was up against the Demilitarized Zone (an oxymoron if ever there was one) in I Corps, the northern-most combat zone in South Vietnam. At the time it was estimated that there were seventy-eight thousand NVA soldiers in the area.
The Catkillers were under the operational control of the 3rd Marine Division. Unlike the U.S. Army aerial forward observers farther south, who could only direct field artillery against enemy targets, Catkillers were authorized and trained to control air strikes, which they did regularly in support of both marine and army ground units. Elsewhere in Vietnam air strikes had to be controlled by U.S. Air Force FACs.
In the DMZ with the 220th RAC’s 1st Platoon, it was normal to come under fire on almost every mission. Bullet holes in their aircraft were so common that they were barely worthy of mention. When crossing the Ben Hai River into North Vietnam in search of enemy artillery, flying at 120 miles per hour in the sights of an array of anti-aircraft weapons, only good fortune kept more Catkillers from being lost. The stories of these valiant men in their small planes has been largely overlooked before, but the risks they took on a daily basis ensured more U.S. servicemen made it home. A Hundred Feet Over Hell ensures their stories are not forgotten, as the men relive their missions in their own words.
An incredible story about commitment, courage and camaraderie.Published 17 hours ago by D. Campbell
Guess I have been reading too many war time fiction books but found this book to be just so slow and detailed that I quickly found I was drifting off. Read morePublished 1 day ago by Cbug
I wouldn't read this book. it's more like a "play" I didn't like how it written. I didn't finish reading it since I wasn't interestedPublished 12 days ago by Theresa rock
All America asked was for these men to do their duty. Everything they did was extraordinary. These are rare young men who gave everything during a time when many gave nothing. Read morePublished 22 days ago by Richard A. Reep
Great read, missed going to Nam by one day, all my friends that did go told me that I didn't miss anything.Published 23 days ago by chuck
Action packed adventure. Pilots in those un armed puddle jumpers buzzing enemy positions in order to call in firepower and even rescue injured soldiers. Well writtenPublished 23 days ago by reality check
As a previous member of this unit, it has good examples of what we did daily. I was wounded during one of our missions.Published 29 days ago by LLOYD MORGAN
I was a Marine in I corps during the time this book talks about and was amazed then at the courage it must have taken to fly those spotter planes. Read morePublished 29 days ago by Timothy