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VA_152_A Spad Squadron in Vietnam

VA_152_A Spad Squadron in Vietnam

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Published by: Larry Feldhaus on Mar 09, 2011
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 VA-152, A SPAD SQUADRON IN VIETNAM 
PREPARED BYLT J. M. WATSONDECEMBER 1967
 
CONTENTS
Introduction ................................... 1Det Zulu ....................................... 21965 Combat Cruise ............................. 31966 Combat Cruise ............................. 61967-68 Combat Cruise .......................... 11Gazetteer ...................................... 18 Apendix A, Vietnam War ......................... 19References ..................................... 23
 
 VA-152. A SPAD SQUADRON IN VIETNA
Prepared by LT J. M. Watson
INTRODUCTION
 As
1967
closes Attack Squadron ONE FIFTY-TWO is completing its thirand final combat cruise with Carrier Air Wing Sixteen aboard the USSORISKANY (CVA-34). It will also be the squadron's
last
cruise flying the A-1 Skyraider, as the aircraft is being phased out of the Navy'sinventory after twenty-one years of service. This narrative will sum- marize VA-152 operations in the
Vietnam 
conflict. At the onset of the war A-1's participated in strikes against majortargets. The aircraft proved too vulnerable to concentrated antiaircraftfire and during
VA-152's
1965 and 1966 cruises it was utilized for armereconnaissance over North Vietnam.
By 1967,
emphasis had shifted froarmed reconnaissance in the southern route packages (Nam Dinh ansouthward) to major strikes in the Northeast Triangle (Hanoi, Haiphong anthe northeast rail line). Air defenses in the latter environment preclude A-1 operations overland and only coastal armed reconnaissance wasconducted in
1967.
By far the most important role
to
emerge for the A-1 in Vietnam,however, was in Search and Rescue (SAR) operations. The Spads missionwas called Rescue Combat Air Patrol (RESCAP) and consisted of locatingdowned pilots, thwarting
capture attempts, suppressing ground fire
and escorting pickup helicopters to and from the rescue scene. Assistance ofjet aircraft overland was necessary in the more heavily defended areas.
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