Phantom in the River: Flight of Linfield Two Zero One

Phantom in the River: Flight of Linfield Two Zero One

by Gary Foster

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On May 14, 1967, a US Navy F-4B Phantom II jet, flown by Ev Southwick and Jack Rollins, launched from the USS Kitty Hawk. Their F-4 was rendered disabled while flying a mission against the formidable air defenses of the Thanh Hoa Bridge in North Vietnam. They did not return to their carrier. The two airmen ejected and were taken prisoner.Phantom in the River is the account of the plane's flight and mission to destroy the Thanh Hoa Bridge- a site where air defenses were formidable and quite a few Americans were shot down- and of the two pilots' heroic survival. Also included is the story of the author's trip to Vietnam in 2004. Along with the two Navy airmen, the group reunite with the wreckage of the pilots' Phantom. What results is an emotional visit to the bridge and site of their capture 37 years earlier.These two pilot's have never spoken about their mission before, until now. This is their account of what really happened.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781555716646
Publisher: Hellgate Press
Publication date: 03/01/2010
Edition description: First Edition
Pages: 175
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.50(d)

About the Author

Gary Wayne Foster is the author of Phantom in The River: The Flight of Linfield Two Zero One. He has also written and copyrighted numerous articles and stories. A comprehensive account of his experiences in India has been translated into the Bengali language and published internationally. He has been a contributor to Red Clay magazine, the official publication of the Khe Sanh Veterans Association. His professional assignments have taken him to many countries including India, Vietnam, Bosnia, Jamaica, Cambodia, China, Bolivia, El Salvador, Afghanistan, Kazakhstan, Liberia and Congo, as well as other parts of Africa, and Iraq. He holds a BS degree from the University of California at Davis, an MS degree from the University of Alaska and an MBA from The George Washington University. In addition to his years living in India, he has also lived in Vietnam, United Arab Emirates, New Zealand, Australia, Zaire (Democratic Republic of Congo) and France. The President’s Sandbox is his first novel.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix

Preface xiii

1 Phantom in the River 1

2 Thanh Hoa and Cau Ham Rong 7

3 The Air War over North Vietnam 13

4 The Air Defense of North Vietnam 21

5 Beyond America: The Extension of Power 27

6 The F-4 Phantom II 35

7 Deciphering the Indecipherable 43

8 Last Chance for Survival: The Ejection Seat 45

9 Flameout or Compressor Stall 49

10 Knows neither Friend nor Foe: The Zuni Rocket 53

11 Ev Southwick, Pilot; Jack Rollins, Radar Intercept Officer 57

12 Fate Is the Hunter 79

13 May 14, Southeast of Thanh Hoa aboard Kitty Hawk 83

14 May 14, Northwest of Kitty Hawk near Thanh Hoa 87

15 Pre-Briefing for Combat and Manning Aircraft 89

16 Launch from Kitty Hawk 101

17 The Flight of Linfield Two Zero One 113

18 Search and Rescue (but not quite) for Ev and Jack 125

19 After the Action 127

20 Laughter throughout the Night: Search for the Con Ma 131

21 Captured! 135

22 In the Grasp of Lilliputians: The Con Ma Is Moved 141

23 The Fate of the Thanh Hoa Bridge 147

24 Facing the Dragon: Ev and Jack Return to the Thanh Hoa Bridge 165

25 Ev and Jacks Captors 199

26 Life Moves On: Ev, Jack and Others Today 203

27 Silent Remnants of War 207

Afterword 213

Appendix 217

About the Author 218

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