B/EB-66 Destroyer Units in Combat

Peter E. Davies

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A fascinating study of the EB-66, which from 1965 to 1967 was the US Air Force's only platform for jamming and escort duties for its strike operations over heavily-defended areas. Without the bravery and skill of EB-66 operators, US losses would undoubtedly have been much higher during the Vietnam War, with large tactical strikes on North Vietnam and Arc Light B-52 raids only available when EB-66 support was possible.

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 dueled 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 defenses when their importance was realized.

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.

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.

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Einband Taschenbuch
Seitenzahl 96
Erscheinungsdatum 25.02.2021
Sprache Englisch
ISBN 978-1-4728-4507-8
Reihe Combat Aircraft
Verlag Bloomsbury USA
Maße (L/B/H) 24.3/18.3/0.6 cm
Gewicht 312 g
Illustrator Jim Laurier, Gareth Hector

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  • Chapter 1
    Naval Nuclear Strike

    Chapter 2
    Cold War Destroyers

    Chapter 3
    Moving East

    Chapter Four
    Into the Fire

    Chapter Five
    Toughing it Out

    Chapter 6
    New Tricks

    Appendices:
    1. B/RB-66 Units, bases and dates
    2. Combat and operational losses.
    3. Colour Plates commentaries