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The Rescue of Streetcar 304: A Navy Pilot's Forty Hours on the Run in Laos
 
 

The Rescue of Streetcar 304: A Navy Pilot's Forty Hours on the Run in Laos [Kindle Edition]

Kenny Wayne Fields
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An extraordinary story, superbly told. I predict that The Rescue of Streetcar 304 will become an instant military aviation classic. --Stephen Coonts

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On 31 May 1968, Navy Lt. Kenny Fields catapulted off USS America, in his A-7 Corsair II on his first combat mission. His target was in Laos, which at the time was officially off-limits for U.S. attacks. Fields call sign Streetcar 304 was the first to roll in and destroyed the target with a direct hit. Three AAA guns began to fire, but, following his wingman, he rolled in again. This time many more AAA guns opened up and Fields was shot down hitting the ground with enemy troop in hot pursuit. The Rescue of Streetcar 304 is Fields exhilarating narrative of the 40-hour ordeal that followed, in what turned out to be one of the largest and harrowing air rescues of the war. Before it was over, the U.S. Air Force had flown 189 sorties to rescue Fields, and in the process four pilots had ejected, seven planes were lost or heavily damaged, and one pilot became a POW for five years. This tale of a Navy fighter pilot s escape and rescue is a gripping story of courage and brotherhood during the Vietnam War.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1864 KB
  • Print Length: 354 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1591142717
  • Publisher: Naval Institute Press; 1st edition (15 Jan 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005012FUM
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #681,632 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Awsome! Could not put it down! 16 Sep 2009
Format:Paperback
I literally mean i could not put this book down! I was even late for my friend's birthday party because i was so engrossed as the rescue was about to happen! I learned about this book from another great book called 'Cheating death' by a Skyraider pilot who flew on the Streetcar mission. It got me interested to know more detail about this historical rescue mission, and so i bought this book.

All i can say is WOW!! It is written in such great visual detail it puts the reader in the authors shoes. Everything from getting catapaulted from a carrier deck to hiding in the jungle as enemy soldiers walk just inches past him, you are right there with him, pounding heart and all! I literally gave a heavy sigh of releif at countless lucky close calls, and the final rescue will have you mentally screaming encouragement!

This has to be my new favourite book and one of the few i can read over and over again.

This new book will no doubt be made into a blockbuster movie once word gets around about this already famous mission (you heard it here first!)
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3.0 out of 5 stars Down but not out 29 Aug 2011
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I found it quite difficult to like this guy
And the first 25% of the book he seemed obsessed with writing thinly veiled criticisms of his wingman iceman.
The theme of what are people thinking about him crops up through out the book , as if over explaining that it wasn't his fault he got shot down. Exposing what I can only assume is an inferiority complex.
Even stating what other people reportedly said about him in a good light "That guys got spunk they thought"
That aside the story as it stands whilst on the run is very readable.
There is a decent epilog at the end and the story of the captured sandy who then spent years as a POW looks like the real best seller here
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5.0 out of 5 stars Indeed a very good book! 26 May 2011
Format:Paperback
Very good book, well written and in a way where you are there with him. A must buy for anyone into Vietnam books that air on the side of first person accounts.
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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing Americans 11 May 2007
By PT - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
I have never read a better book about heroism than this book, it is a must read. This true adventure takes place during the Vietnam War. Kenny Fields, a Navy Pilot, has written an adventure story about his escape from Laos after his aircraft was shot down. We are told in graphic detail of his experiences and of those attempting his rescue. The reader will feel as if he or she is in the jungle with him and in the Air Force aircraft attempting his rescue. It also tells of the heart ache and fear family members go through when their loved ones are placed in harms way. This book will become a classic of men at war. It illustrates the courage, love of God, country and family of our men in the military.
16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I relived History 29 May 2007
By Clarence W. Sheward - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
As a "bit Player" in the rescue of 304 I knew (know) most of those mentioned in the story. I was the flight scheduler for Nail Fac's at the time. It's a great read, very accurate as far as those things I personally know of. I met Kenny by chance a short time after his ordeal. Very professional, unassuming, and a very nice person. If you're interested in history, read this book. Buck Sheward, Nail 67, NKP '68-'69.
16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Rescue of Streetcar 304 21 May 2007
By David J Tobergte - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
This book is the finest I have read with regards to the air war during the Vietnam war. I truely felt as if I were on the ground with Kenny experiencing all the emotions he felt during those 40 hours. The courage of Kenny and the airmen involved in his rescue is a true testament to the fine people that served in the Vietnam war. Thank you Kenny for telling your story.
11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Story! 24 Sep 2008
By Ronald L. Clingaman - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
I was also shot down in Laos, very close to the spot the author had his experience. My back-seater and I (flying an Air Force F-4E, in 1970) were luckier and were rescued after just one night in the jungle. This book is an "easy read" and I personally related to much of what he experienced. This is one of the few books I've read that I had to keep reading till I was finished. I'd like to think that I could have survived for as long as he did, but honestly, I doubt I'd have done as well. The rescue forces were outstanding throughout the war. Knowing they would perform as those in this book did was a significant factor in keeping our spirits high in spite of the questionable political conduct of the war.
10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Virtual reality! 25 Oct 2007
By Charles K. Munroe - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
This excellent book tells the horror story of a Navy A-7 attack plane pilot, who was shot down on his first combat mission in SEA: Laos. He ejected and landed amongst 10,000 or so Pathet Lao, Viet Cong, and NVA troops who were hiding in the Techpone area, unbeknownst to our intelligence officials or Forward Air Controllers (FACs) responsible for that particular locale of Laos.

After 40 hours of hiding, running, and acting as a ground FAC guiding fighter-bombers that arrived in force to defend him, he was miraculously rescued by a very brave USAF Jolly Green helicopter crew. This books tells his story, and it's one hell of a story!

For what it's worth, I was an RF-4C USAF fighter /reconnaissance pilot, who flew many missions in that same area, plus, many others in SVN and NVN. I and other pilots/WSOs always dreaded the possibility that we might suffer the same rotten fate as this author, Kenny Fields, did. We all knew that if shot down, there was a strong probability that we'd die with the plane, but also if we made it safely to the ground, the enemy was inclined to summarily execute us, or take us prisoner and treat us very brutally. Kenny knew the same possibilities, and when his moment of fate arrived, he was naturally scared, but he was also a determined and smart survivor, which played a major role in his escape and evasion followed by his eventual rescue.

The language and tone of this book vividly represent how it actually "felt," and how it actually was, for Kenny Fields and for many others. It's hard to put this book down, once the reading has begun. It goes to show that planning for the worst is what smart people do, and that good planning and thoughtfull actions play major roles in survival during the worst of times during a war.

Don't miss reading this terrific book. If you liked BAT-21, you'll love THE RESCUE OF STREETCAR-304! You'll feel like you're on the ground with Navy pilot Kenny Fields, but you won't be shot at, as he was!
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