8. Two Air Wars Over Vietnam

F-105s and B-66 in Rolling Thunder

F-105s Led by B-66

Airpower was employed in accordance with American assumptions on the nature of the conflict: coercive bombing attacks sought to dissuade Northern policy-makers from supporting the war in the South, interdiction attempted to isolate the South from Communist infiltration, and airpower in the South was used to mass American firepower against Communist forces and bases.

Required Readings

  • Schlight, John. A War Too Long: The USAF in Southeast Asia, 1961-1975. Washington, D.C.: Air Force History and Museums Program, 1996. (pp 20-60)
  • Maurer, Harry. Strange Ground: Americans in Vietnam, 1945-1975, an Oral History. 1st ed. New York: H. Holt, 1989. “Those Daring Young Men” (pp 365-393) and “Aid and Comfort” (426-436)

Book Reviews

  • Clodfelter, Mark. The Limits of Air Power: The American Bombing of North Vietnam. New York: Free Press, 1989.
  • Schlight, John. The War in South Vietnam: The Years of the Offensive, 1965-1968. The United States Air Force in Southeast Asia. Washington, D.C: Office of Air Force History, U.S. Air Force, 1988.
  • Trâm , Đặng Thùy Last Night I Dreamed of Peace: The Diary of Dang Thuy Tram. New York: Harmony Books, 2007.

Additional Resources:

Telegram From the Commander in Chief, Pacific (Sharp) to the Joint Chiefs of Staff on Rolling Thunder Jan/66


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