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...And Kill MiGs - Aircraft Specials series by Lou Drendel

By Lou Drendel

... and kill MIGs КНИГИ ;ВОЕННАЯ ИСТОРИЯ Издательство: Squadron/Signal publicationsСерия: Squadron 6002Автор(ы): Lou DrendelЯзык: EnglishГод издания: 1974Количество страниц: 65Формат: pdfРазмер: 34.4 mb Rapid0

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Now, the Red Cross used to send up gear. We saved most of them for the kids. I took them down and all these women and kids were there and Coombsy took a photo of it. I wish I had a copy; these little kids, and all these lollies. 14 The learning curve continues For the Australian fliers, it was one new experience after another. Captain Bevan Smith, with his fellow chopper pilots John Guild and Holger von Muenchhausen, found himself doing innovative things in unusual circumstances. We weren’t always aware of it unless we saw the muzzle flashes or a round came through the cockpit.

On guard duty you’d go in each direction until you met a Yank. He’d say ‘Halt. ’ And if you didn’t come back with ‘Nine’ you were in trouble. I dreaded the nights I had to walk from one to the other. I used to try to swap, to get into the pit where it was safer. We had an M-60. All hell broke loose on either side. I’m watching out in front with the glasses but there’s nothing. Eventually the flare died out and so did the shooting. I think a dog must have tripped it. But these bloody Yanks must have fired a thousand rounds out there.

They said they had a target at my location. 15 Possums & Bird Dogs PAGES 24/3/06 3:07 PM Page 29 LEARNING THE ROPES: OCTOBER 1965–MAY 1966 29 By this time Bevan’s fuel was running low. He refuelled and set off again for the original grid reference, calling for smoke as he arrived. There was no apparent way in but the sergeant on the ground said he could talk Bevan down. He decided to give it a try: He was better than any controller I had ever experienced on a regular ground control approach. He had me fly over a bomb crater, then talked me down and through the trees for what seemed a mile, but was probably about 150 metres.

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